There are a couple of new faces to fulfill on the Houston Zoo this summer as several animals moved to Houston on breeding suggestions, and a few are brand-new species to the Zoo.
The Houston Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and participates in the Species Survival Plan , a program which oversees the inhabitants of choose species inside AZA member organizations and to make sure a genetically various, demographically diverse, and biologically sound inhabitants.
In April, orangutan Takai arrived on the Houston Zoo from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, and after 30-days of quarantine has made his public debut. Takai is a 15-year-old, male Bornean orangutan, and the Zoo has hopes that he will likely be match for 11-year-old feminine, Aurora. Since orangutans are solitary animals, a lot of the time, Takai will likely be in the Orangutan Habitat by himself, nonetheless visitors might even see him with Aurora, Cheyenne, or Kelly as soon as relationships have been established. Houston Zoo animal care consultants have already discovered Takai to be playful, curious, and pleasant.
On May 26, two topped lemurs moved to the Zoo’s Wortham World of Primates lemur island from Oakland Zoo and Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. Tashi is a 22-year-old feminine with gray fur and Tsingy (pronounced Zingy) is a five-year-old male with red-brown fur. Based on the pair’s age their relationship is solely platonic. The Zoo’s primates care group will quickly start introductions with the ring-tailed lemurs in hopes that each species can share house on lemur island.
Also in May, Vida, a two-year-old feminine jaguar moved to Houston from Memphis Zoological Garden & Aquarium to be matched with eight-year-old male jaguar, Tesoro. The animal care group will quickly start to slowly introduce Vida to Tesoro in hopes that they’re appropriate. Vida is presently getting comfy along with her new dwelling and can quickly be seen by guests in South America’s Pantanal. Vida has proven an eagerness to coach along with her animal care workers.
On May 10, Masai giraffe Joshua moved to Lehigh Valley Zoo in Pennsylvania. That identical day, the Zoo welcomed Zawadi from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The almost 5-year-old male Masai giraffe is presently being quarantined behind the scenes in the giraffe barn for the following few weeks and can quickly be launched to the remainder of the herd. When he joins the herd, it might take Zawadi some time to get used to the Giraffe Feeding Platform, however the giraffe care group is hopeful he’ll quickly be an keen participant in the favored program.
A pair of blue duikers Vlad and Seana (pronounced Shawna) have been added to the pygmy hippo exhibit. The duo spent a couple of weeks getting comfy in their new dwelling earlier than being launched to pygmy hippo Silas. The threesome will get alongside effectively and might be seen sharing the habitat. Blue duiker is a small antelope discovered in central, southern and jap Africa and is the smallest species of duiker. The tiny mammals are round one-foot-tall and may presently be discovered hiding in the grasses or attending to know their bongo neighbors.
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