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Discussion in 'China' started by Kifaru Bwana, 21 Dec 2014.

  1. Kifaru Bwana

    Kifaru Bwana Well-Known Member

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    I was glad to see this small feature in China Daily on the Xining Zoo snow leopard program.

    Link: Snow leopard cubs bred at zoo in China|In Depth|chinadaily.com.cn

    It seems they have no bred snow leopards 3 times and the number of adults has risen to 8 individuals (and with counting the cubs born this June 2014 it should be somewhere around 10+ individuals). Most encouragingly, it seems the cubs are being mother-raised and nothing near the AI they did back in 1984 (from which the earliest set of cubs was raised).

    Parents to the 2014 newborns are a 7- (F Er-Bao) and 5-year (M Ning-Ning) old snow leopard and they are the mothers' first born cubs!
     
  2. Deer Forest

    Deer Forest Well-Known Member

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    I'm sorry to say that, but the cubs born June 14th had left us. The cubs were completely raised by their mother itself and they seem to be all right until September. Sadly, the younger sister died on Sept 17th after diarrhea for 12 days, and on Sept 30, the elder sister died after nose running for a month.

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    Mother Er-Bao and her two daughters, August 16th, 2014

    Only 11 snow leopards have been born successfully (survive for more than 2 months) in captivity in China, 2 at Beijing Zoo in 1995 and 9 at Xining Wildlife Park (Xining Zoo). However, the breeding technique is far from mature, and this zoo has economic hardship, they even don't have a veterinary hospital. In fact, they really need help, both financial and technical support, said the zoo director, Mr.Qi.
     
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  3. vogelcommando

    vogelcommando Well-Known Member

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