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January offspring

At the beginning of the new year 2020, there were few offspring born in the zoo. We are happy to have offspring of Kirk ´s dikdik, Arabian oryx, red kangaroo black swan and llama.

 

 

 

The male of the Kirk ´s dikdik was born on January 5 as the first calf. These smallest antelopes in the world are active during the day and night, alternating periods of feeding and resting. They rest in shade during the hottest part of the day. They eat the leaves, flowers, shoots and fruit of shrubs, bushes and trees. Kirk’s Dik-dik are found in two separate regions; in East Africa, from southern Somalia to central Tanzania, and in Southern Africa in northern Namibia and south-western Angola. Being monogamous, they mate for life. The pairs usually stay together until one of them dies.

 

 

 

 

 


Arabian oryxes are doing very well in our ZOO and we have new calves regularly every year. Two males were born on January 8 and 22. Arabian oryx is a desert antelope, living in dry and harsh weather conditions. This animal is endemic to the Arabian Peninsula. In 1972 it became extinct in the wild, but was saved by zoos and private reserves, and reintroduced into the wild from 1980, and, as a result, wild populations now live in Israel, Saudi Arabia and Oman, and with current additional reintroduction programs taking place, it is likely that this range will expand into other countries of the Arabian Peninsula.Arabian oryx have a number of strategies to help them cope with desert conditions, including being able to let their body temperature increase by up to 10 degrees as well as concentrating their urine and removing moisture from their faeces. When the weather is hottest, oryx will spend most of the day sheltering in shade and forage for food at night. In cooler weather they bask in the sun and feed during the day to keep warm.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The joey of red kangaroo was born sometimes during September, but we saw it in the mother´s pouch for the first time during January. The world-famous red kangaroo is the largest marsupial and the largest Australian mammal, with some males standing at two metres tall, and weighing around 85 kilograms. Males are bigger than females and are very powerfully built. The fur is usually red-brown, though some eastern females can be blue-grey. After mating, the embryo will only start developing if the mother’s pouch is empty of joeys. 33 days later, the new-born – which is tiny, blind and hairless – attaches to one of four teats in the mother’s pouch, and stays there developing for around 8 months. Towards the end of this period it will stick its head out of the pouch in readiness for leaving. Once it has left, it will continue to suckle at foot for 3 - 4 months.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Female llama was born on January 18. The father of the offspring is our breeding male Bogyo and mother is one of our females Nieves. Llama is South American member of the camel family. Most herds of llamas are maintained by the Indians of BoliviaPeruEcuadorChile, and Argentina. The llama is primarily a pack animal but is also used as a source of food, wool, hides, tallow for candles, and dried dung for fuel. The llama is domestic animal not known to exist in the wild state.

 

 

 

 

 

 


At the end of January, there were also  chicks of black swans born. The body of an adult black swan is mostly black, except for its broad white wing tips, visible in flight. Its bill is bright red, having a pale tip and bar, and its feet and legs are greyish-black. Black swans are natives of Australia, including Tasmania, and mainly occur in Australia’s south-eastern and south-western wetlands. In addition, there is an introduced population of black swans in New Zealand and Japan. Black swans inhabit rivers, lakes, and swampland in water that is fresh, salt or brackish. They prefer habitats that have aquatic vegetation, but sometimes live in terrestrial areas like flooded fields or dry pastures when food is scarce. Black swans are monogamous and often have the same mate for life. 

 

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