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Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by Azubaa, 3 Jan 2019.

  1. Azubaa

    Azubaa Well-Known Member

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    A few things caught my attention today;

    -A couple of the Eland cows definitely look like they’re carrying calves, wouldn’t be a surprise as Woburn is successful of breeding them regularly.
    -Male Lion is separated from the pride in a holding area by the house, and has been for a while.
    -No sign of the Eastern Bongo or Lesser Kudu, not sure if they still hold the latter.
    -Overall fairly quiet, with Rhinos, Large Carnivores and Various Hoofstock being particularly active.
     
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  2. Embu

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    Asian Elephant Yu Zin celebrates her 40th birthday today. She arrived from Emmen zoo back in 2010 to kick start their breeding program however she has never produced any calves since her arrival. Previously been a successful breeder before her arrival.
     
  3. Rosie183

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    I thought yu zin was more brought in to be the matriarch of the herd and promote breeding , as she is excellent auntie to tarlie, but I don’t know if elephants can breed now into her 40s, but I do wonder how dominant the bull is Raj and whether he should move on and bring a new breeding male in for the herd to expand.
     
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    You probably are right, but I was under the impression that she would have encouraged Damini & Chandrika to mate/conceive naturally although I am in agreement that a new bull needs to be brought in.
     
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    I think the only elephant able to do that would be the bull. Rajah grew up with the two females which may inhibit his dominance or mating in relation to them perhaps. It could be different if he was kept with younger or unfamilar females. Problem is he's not proven as a natural mater so rehoming him in a fresh group might be difficult with the continuing risk he won't breed naturally.
     
  6. Rosie183

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    But they need his genes to expand the herd as his only calf is Tarli , as Donna at whipsnade gave birth to his calf after AI but it didn’t survive, but woeburn seem happy with this small elephant herd, and that why are reluctant to upset the balance.
     
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    I think he has a calf that was born at Twycross , now at Blackpool ?
     
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    Yes, he is the father of the elephant "Esha".
     
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  9. Rosie183

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    So maybe that’s why they aren’t so worried about elephant breeding at woeburn as Rajah is better suited to AI and seems do to amazingly at so far having sired only female calf’s which is the preferred gender of most Zoos to increase their herd size.
     
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    Rajah also has a male offspring at Kolmarden in Sweden. Namsai (Born 27/7/2013) who was conceived through artificial insemination
     
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  11. Embu

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    According to Facebook 8 ostrich have arrived unsure when or the ratio