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  1. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    I'm confused - why is this not in the minor news thread?

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    The birth of Intan is the first Asian small clawed otter birth at Taronga Zoo in over 15 years. When I put news regarding the first Cotton top tamarin birth in 10 years in the minor news thread, people thought it should have been in the main news thread. Technically the birth had already been mentioned in this thread by @tigersam as she noted an otter pup had begun to venture out, however nobody had officially announced the birth in this thread, so I posted the announcement of it's name as way of announcing both.

    Otter pup starts to explore after lifesaving birth
     
  3. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    OK, I thought you were just naming it.

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  4. Zoofan15

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    Nah, more of a joint birth announcement/name announcement. @tigersam had mentioned she had seen an otter pup so technically the 'announcement' had already been made, but she didn't mention it's name, DOB or parents so I thought I'd do the honours.
     
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    Taronga has a new male baby elephant calf born last Friday
     
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    Francois' Langur Birth

    One of the World’s Rarest Monkeys Born in Taronga Zoo!

    Say hello to Taronga's newest member, a stunning orange male François’ Langur. The tiny infant was born on June 3rd and is yet to be named.

    The little Francois Langur was born with bright orange hair, a stark comparison to his parent’s black fur. It’s believed the colour distinction makes it easier for adults to identify and look after infants.

    Parents Meili and Bobo were brought to Taronga Zoo from Beijing and have since settled and thrived. Their baby weighs a tiny 500 grams. Senior Primate Keeper, Jane Marshall explains:

    “Meili is a fantastic mother. We don’t have to worry too much about how the infant is doing because this is her fourth baby and they just thrive with her. He has started to climb briefly for about 30 seconds at a time before mum will pull him back because she keeps him very close.”

    The baby was born without any assistance and was suckling from mother straight away. He is now three weeks old and eager to explore.

    “He is a stunning orange colour at the moment, but we’re already starting to see his hair growing dark on his face and his colour all over will significantly change at around three months of age,” said Keeper Jane.

    At three weeks old he’s already starting to explore his environment by picking up leaves and is starting to grab at mum’s food.

    “Nangua, his big brother was a bit shell-shocked by the new arrival but is letting mum do her thing with the baby while he becomes more independent. He is fascinated by the baby and will gently touch him”, said Jane.

    The Francois’ Langur once populated China and Vietnam, but due to habitat loss and poaching there are now only 2,000 left in the wild.

    The baby Francois’ Langur can be seen in Taronga’s Rainforest Trail this Saturday at the commencement of the school holidays.

    Taronga is leading the way in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation, their efforts recently resulting in a new Asian Elephant calf, recently named last weekend
     
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    Taronga have had terrific success with the Francois langurs any other collections going to get on board with them?
     
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    I believe Mogo zoo may hold two males. but the species so far has not really gone far from Taronga zoo, I believe it was "The species" of Langer picked for zoos within our region by the ZAA quite some time ago!
     
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    Is it a case of zoos finding it difficult to source unrelated individuals or a general lack of interest? Disappointing situation given it is a charismatic/endangered spp that would fit into the SE Asian rainforest theme that all four big city zoos have.
     
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    Australian Sea Lion Pregnant:

    Taronga Zoo expects second Australian Sea-Lion pup in two years

    Taronga Zoo is thrilled to announce the pregnancy of our Australian Sea-Lion, Lexie.

    Lexie has been at Taronga for about 14 years since she was two years of age. Lexie was rescued at Kangaroo Island as an orphan by a boat charter operator who had seen her on a number of times without her mum and saw her condition increasingly deteriorate.

    The father is ten year old Charlie, who is a first time father. He was also rescued as an orphan when he was young.

    Lexie’s 18 months gestation period is almost over and Keepers expect the birth to be natural as Lexie is a second time mum, her first is Max who is two years old.

    Keepers will get warning signs a few days before the birth when Lexie starts to look uncomfortable and is less interested in food. There is always a risk of complications occurring with births, as with any human birth so Keepers and Vets will be on hand in case they are needed.

    The birth will take place in Taronga’s brand new birthing suite that has been purpose built for seals and sea-lions. The suite is a quiet area that allows mum to give birth and be able to access the water without the pup being able to reach the water, as it will be too young to know how to swim.

    Taronga’s commitment to breeding for marine mammals has been really focussed on Australian Sea-Lions in the past few years. Their population is declining, they are classified as an endangered species and they are not housed outside of Australia. The main threats to sea-lions in the wild are dangerous floating debris, overfishing of oceans, which is a huge threat to their food source as well as disruption to breeding areas. There are only four facilities that hold Australian Sea-Lions and only two (including Taronga) which are actively breeding, which makes every birth very significant for population and gene pool growth.
     
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    I split off all the posts about the new Sumatran Tiger exhibit "Tiger Trek" into their own thread, because they were scattered all through the news thread and it's quite a significant part of the zoo by itself.

    New thread here: Taronga Zoo - Tiger Trek
     
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    Great. It makes it easy now.
     
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    When I started reading that article and it said where the beach was that the bird had turned up, I was like "Denmark?!?"

    This new bird means that Taronga now will have three females and one male. Potentially they may even be able to start up a breeding colony, so long as the male likes one of them. The two females previously at Taronga (now both dead) laid fertile eggs with him, although none of them made it as far as hatching.
     
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    The second Female Fiordland Crested Penguin to be introduced to Mr Munro, article from Zoo Aquarium Association.


    Gari, the Fiordland Crested Penguin prepares to cross the ditch

    A nationally endangered Tawaki Fiordland Crested Penguin, named Gari, is heading to Sydney to live at Taronga Zoo, after receiving care and treatment at Wellington Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital, The Nest Te Kōhanga.

    Gari was just a juvenile bird when she was originally found in Hokitika with extensive wounds to her lower abdomen and to her left foot. Gari received care and initial treatment by the Veterinarian team at West Coast Vets Hokitika, and then the West Coast Penguin Trust arranged for her to fly to Wellington to receive further treatment at The Nest Te Kōhanga in December, 2014.

    “When Gari first arrived at The Nest Te Kōhanga, we performed a general health check and multiple surgeries to repair her various wounds,” said Senior Veterinarian Baukje Lenting. “We don’t know how Gari sustained her injuries but due to the severity of the wound around her lower abdomen, her vent has changed shape and location since healing. This means she would likely struggle to produce and lay fertile eggs in the wild.”

    Birds with these issues have a high chance of fatality due to egg binding, which is when a female bird is unable to pass a fully formed egg. With this concern, Gari would not likely be able to survive in the wild, which is why she will remain in human care at Taronga Zoo, with two other rescued Fiordland Crested Penguins.

    “Gari’s situation is rare and, even though she is an endangered Tawaki, she can’t be returned to the wild, so we still wanted to give her another chance at a good life,” said Wellington Zoo’s Animal Science Manager, Simon Eyre. “We worked with the Department of Conservation, the West Coast Penguin Trust and the local Iwi, Ngāi Tahu and Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio, as to where she would live permanently, as there is no facility to keep her here in New Zealand.”

    The only place in the world where Fiordland Crested Penguins are looked after permanently in human care is at Taronga Zoo, Australia.

    “We know Gari will be in great hands with the animal care team at Taronga Zoo,” said Simon. “They have a lot of knowledge about looking after this species of penguin, and the zoo currently has two other rescued Tawaki at their facility to keep Gari company.”

    The Zoo will be holding a blessing and farewell ceremony in Gari’s honour on the 15th of May, where we will be joined by the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Peter Woollcott and his wife Tanya, as well as Inger Perkins from the West Coast Penguin Trust.

    During the farewell, Wellington Zoo will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the West Coast Penguin Trust and they will officially become a conservation partner of Wellington Zoo.

    “Working with organisations like the West Coast Penguin Trust to help save native wildlife is a crucial part of the work we do at The Nest Te Kōhanga,” said Karen Fifield MNZM, Chief Executive.

    “Combining our efforts and expertise is essential to the ongoing conservation efforts of nationally endangered species, like the Tawaki. With this agreement, Wellington Zoo and the West Coast Penguin Trust can continue their great work in rehabilitating and releasing penguins back to the wild.”

    While Gari has been receiving treatment at the Zoo, she has gained quite a few admirers, including the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Peter Woolcott and his wife Mrs Tanya Woolcott, who had a great deal to do with arranging Gari’s transfer.

    “Gari has quite the personality and won the hearts of Peter and Tanya when they visited the Zoo,” said Karen. “Peter and Tanya put in a good word for Gari with the Australian Consulate, which contributed greatly when finalising her relocation to Taronga Zoo.”

    “We would like to thank the Department of Conservation, the West Coast Penguin Trust, the Australian High Commissioner, Taronga Zoo, the local Iwi, Ngāi Tahu and Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio for all playing an instrumental role in relocating Gari to Australia. Gari is such a special bird, who we will greatly miss, but we are very excited for her as she begins her new chapter with Taronga Zoo.”



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  20. Chlidonias

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    The article is a reprint from May (it is earlier in this thread as well). Gari has been at Taronga for a while now.
     
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