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Zebra mystery

Discussion in 'United States' started by zeynep, 15 Dec 2016.

  1. zeynep

    zeynep Well-Known Member

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    Hi! I haven't been on here for awhile. I was curious if anyone knew what happened with the zebras who used to be with the giraffes and ostriches?

    I did notice the zebras being a bit rambunctious, going so far as to nip at the giraffes. Two giraffes, Tyra and Aasali are pregnant and maybe the safety of those two is why they were removed. Did they go to a different zoo? Get moved to their own area?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Andrew_NZP

    Andrew_NZP Well-Known Member

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    What zoo are you talking about?
     
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    zeynep Well-Known Member

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    Sorry I left out that this was the Houston Zoo. Thanks!
     
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    Zebras are often kept in separate enclosures due to their aggressive nature. At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park where even rhinos and cape buffalo are mixed with various hoofstock,the zebras are kept separate due to their temperament,so the same likely happened in Houston.
     
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    zeynep Well-Known Member

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    I know why they were moved, I saw them attacking the giraffes. They would jump up and bite them on the chest. I watch the Houston giraffes on the web-cam regularly.
    There were other zebras in with the giraffes in the past but they were not as aggressive.
    These new ones were quite rough.
    I'm just curious as to where they are and if they're ok.
    The giraffes and ostriches do just fine with each other.
     
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    Thanks. That answers part of my question. :)
     
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    zeynep Well-Known Member

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    Well, it's official, the zebras live with the rhinos now.
     
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    -Also, zebras should generaly be kept separate from other animals, because they can carry different equine herpesviruses (EHV-1...-9), some of wich, can cause several diseases/disorders in giraffes (including encephalitis; cases documented) and in other animals. They can cause also abortion in infected animals. Maybe one reason why they are separate from the pregnant giraffes is fear from eventual infection and abortion in giraffes.

    -Equine herpesviruses show huge variety of tropisms (in vitro) toward different cells from a lot of species of animals.
     
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    zeynep Well-Known Member

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    I did not know about the equine viruses and their effects on giraffe! Even more reason to separate them!
    So many zoos have mixed exhibits these days.
    What works fine in the wild may be a really bad idea in captivity.
     
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