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  1. Zoofan15

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    Perth Zoo Announces Red Panda Cub Birth

    Perth Zoo Welcomes Red Panda Cub as Pandas are Rescued Overseas | Perth Zoo

    Perth Zoo’s new Nepalese Red Panda cub was given its first health check today as an Australian conservation organisation helped rescue six Red Pandas being trafficked across international borders.

    Perth Zoo Keeper, Marty Boland said: “We were very excited to welcome a new cub to the Zoo family, however it coincides with the rescue of six Red Pandas from wildlife traffickers, emphasizing just how perilous it is out there for these animals. ”

    The pandas destined for the illegal wildlife trade were taken into the care of one of Perth Zoo’s conservation partners, Free the Bears, after being seized on the border of Laos and China. Tragically only three of the six survived their first night due to severe stress and potential exposure to disease.

    “The recent rescue in Laos highlights how vital coordinated zoo breeding programs are for the survival of this endangered species. It ensures we have an insurance population in place to fight extinction.”

    Including the new cub, Perth Zoo has successfully reared 19 Nepalese Red Pandas since 1997.

    The two-month old Red Panda was born to 9-year-old mother, Anusha, who was also born at Perth Zoo, and 6-year-old father, Makula, who was born in Canberra.

    "Today our veterinarians gave our furry new arrival a quick health check of its body condition, eyes, teeth, ears and weight,” Marty said. “The Perth Zoo team are also consulting with Free the Bears, providing advice on appropriate diets and how to reduce heat stress for the rescued pandas.”

    Nepalese Red Pandas are found across the Himalayan Mountain and foothills of India, China, Nepal and Bhutan. Deforestation and illegal poaching continue to be significant threats to remaining populations. Less than 10,000 are thought to remain in the wild.

    Apart from coordinated breeding programs, Perth Zoo is committed to saving wildlife and has several conservation partners, including Free the Bears, and an ongoing partnership with TRAFFIC, the international wildlife trade monitoring network. Jointly we help fund a Wildlife Crime Analyst position to fight wildlife trafficking and poaching.

    Perth Zoo’s Red Panda cub is expected to emerge from the nest box in April.

    Those wanting to help Red Pandas are encouraged to donate to Perth Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Action program which supports organisations including Free the Bears and TRAFFIC, helping protect animals beyond the Zoo’s borders.

    More information can be found at: https://perthzoo.wa.gov.au/get-involved/donation-conservation
     
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    Giraffe Birth

    It's a girl! Perth Zoo welcomes newest addition

    Perth Zoo welcomed its newest family member with a baby giraffe born to mother Kitoto and father Armani on Wednesday afternoon.

    Zoo staff said first-time mother Kitoto went through "textbook labour" to give birth to the baby girl calf at 5.29pm.

    "To cause the least disturbance for Kitoto whilst she was in labour, the keepers and vets watched via remote CCTV monitors installed in preparation for the birth," a spokeswoman said.

    "Our expert zoo keeping staff assisted the calf to stand about one hour after birth and we were elated when she started suckling, ensuring she got the colostrum and vital nutrients from Kitoto's milk.

    "The life sciences and veterinary teams have been monitoring the herd closely overnight and this morning the calf is doing exceptionally well, strong and alert.

    Unfortunately, Kitoto and bub won't be moving into the public exhibit for some time as they will be slowly introduced back into the herd.

    The birth of the calf is a part of the Australasian Giraffe Breeding program in place at Perth Zoo.

    The new giraffe calf is the first of its kind to be born at the zoo since 2012, when famous mother Misha gave birth to Twiga.

     
  3. Chlidonias

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    Perth Zoo now has a male porcupine to go with their female. The Perth female was imported from the UK last year. The "new" male has come from Monarto so is presumably the young one which was bred from their imported pair (which both came from the USA last year).

    Perth Zoo's bizarre new animal set to go on show
     
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    Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo Birth

    Perth Zoo Welcomes A Tree Kangaroo Joey | Perth Zoo

    Perth Zoo is celebrating the birth of an endangered Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo joey, named ‘Suli’.

    The six-month-old male joey is popping his head out of his mum, ‘Kaluli’s’, pouch, just in time for visitors to see him during the school holidays.

    Australian Fauna Keeper, Kerry Pickles, said: “Suli was born the size of a jellybean in October last year, and is a wonderful contribution to the global breeding program for this incredible animal.”

    “Native to Papua New Guinea, Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroos are so endangered that we work with zoos all over the world to help fight extinction.”

    “Our breeding program at Perth Zoo has been very successful. In the past few years we have been able to breed two other male tree kangaroos. One now resides in NSW, the other lives at Bristol Zoo in the UK, helping to share genetics and strengthen the global program,” said Kerry.

    “Kaluli is an incredible mum, she is very relaxed, but also attentive to her joey, constantly checking her latest arrival or grooming him.”

    Infants remain in their mother’s pouches for approximately six to eight months before testing out their legs.
     
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    Saw this news that might be of interest.

    Perth Zoo have been cooperating on a research project on the red-tailed black cockatoo. Perth Zoo's role is to treat injured birds which move on to recover at Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre before they are released again with satellite and/or GPS tags to help researchers learn more about their foraging, breeding and roosting habits. The project, which has been running for four years, released its 500th rehabilitated cockatoo recently.

    More information in the link below:
    https://phys.org/news/2018-04-500th-black-cockatoo-wild.html
     
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    Perth kept Slow Loris in the Nocturnal House a couple of years ago. I wonder if they will be at display at this location again, because at this moment there are only native species in the Nocturnal House.
     
  8. Chlidonias

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    The article in Nisha's post says that they will be on display in the near future:


    "These are the first slow lorises we've had at the zoo for over 10 years," Dr Vitali said.

    "It's very exciting for all of us to have them here because they're such a beautiful, charismatic little primate."

    The slow lorises will be moved into the zoo's nocturnal house in the coming months.


    I'm not sure what that first line is about though, because it is clearly wrong.


    Here's also a link to the page on the zoo's website, which has a cool video of the two new animals:
    Slow Lorises at Perth Zoo | Perth Zoo
     
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    Asian Small Clawed Otter Birth

    Perth Zoo Celebrates World Otter Day With a Litter of Pups | Perth Zoo

    The otter-ly adorable eight-week-old pups, three males and one female, were born on April 3rd to mum, Paddy and dad, Cerdik.

    The adults were brought to Perth Zoo in 2017 as part of a coordinated breeding program to help safeguard against extinction.

    Perth Zoo Senior Keeper, Karen Rotherham said: “Paddy was born at Frankfurt Zoo in Germany and Cerdik came from Auckland Zoo in New Zealand, it was an international pairing, increasing the genetics within the breeding program.”

    I'm guessing Cerdik was one of the 2.0 pups born at Auckland Zoo in 2014 as the male pup born in a litter of 1.1 in 2015 (the last litter born at Auckland Zoo) was named Chet.
     
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    The Cape Porcupine's have got at least two offspring. Photo on the zoos Facebook today of one of them
     
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    There seems to be two in this video they posted.Perth Zoo
     
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    The missing Meerkat pup has been recovered by police. Stressed and hungry but otherwise unharmed. Initiall reports indicate that it was taken by an opportunistic zoo visitor..
     
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    Twelve Western swamp tortoises bred at Perth Zoo have been released at the Ellenbrook Nature Reserve. Each of the released tortoises have two trackers attached to them - one a simple radio transmitter to track the animals post-release and the other is a datalogger that will collect information like temperature, water depth and humidity. This information will then be used to find or create new habitats for release as well as allow Perth Zoo to make their breeding enclosures closer to the tortoises' wild preferences.

    More information is included on the link below:
    https://phys.org/news/2018-09-western-swamp-tortoise.html
     
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    The Perth Zoo has announced the phasing of its elephant program once Tricia has passed away.
    Perth Zoo to close elephant enclosure when Tricia dies | PerthNow

    Understandably, Tricia is nearing the end of her lifespan but accepting that reality will be difficult. Fortunately, Tricia has lived a long and happy life at the Perth Zoo in the company of other elephants and her devoted keepers.

    Fortunately, the Perth Zoo will be relocating 1.0 Putra Mas and 0.1 Permai to other zoos which will enhance the social structure of these elephants.

    Putra Mas should be transferred to the Melbourne Zoo as he's genetically valuable and a proven breeding bull. By transferring Putra Mas to the Melbourne Zoo, it'll enable him to breed with Dokkon, Kulab, Num Oi, and eventually Mali. With the passing of Bong Su, the Melbourne Zoo is in need of a new breeding bull to reestablish it's elephant breeding program.

    Since Permai is a post reproductive female, she could be transferred to the Western Plains Zoo, Taronga Zoo, Melbourne Zoo, or Auckland Zoo. The Auckland Zoo should be considered a potential candidate as the zoo is hoping to acquire a third elephant and the current herd structure is ideal for Permai.
     
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    I applaud Perth on making the right decision. I would now like to see Perth's animals consolidated with Melbourne's and Werribee and Auckland's with Tarongas' at Dubbo.

    Its just absurd trying to justify an elephant conservation breeding program out of a city zoo with A.I.
     
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