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First Look at Banham Zoo's Twin Amur Tiger Cubs

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The best things in life are worth waiting for and at the United Kingdom’s Banham Zoo, female Amur Tigress Sveta made her keepers wait longer than expected before giving birth to twins on June 14.

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Keepers had expected Sveta to give birth up to 6 days prior to the day the cubs arrived and had been monitoring closed circuit TV cameras day and night for signs that she might be ready to give birth.

When the cubs finally arrived, keepers were able to watch the birth via the live camera link, giving Sveta complete privacy. 

The twins are making excellent progress.  An external monitor allows zoo guests to view the cubs without any intrusion whatsoever to the new family.

The newborn cubs are very important additions to the European captive breeding program for Amur Tigers. Kuzma, the cubs' father, was born at Banham Zoo in 2008 and was recently ranked as one of the most important males in the breeding program. His genes are poorly represented within the captive population so breeding him was considered a high priority. His mate, Sveta, arrived from Portugal's Lisbon Zoo in 2011 and this is their first successful litter together.

Amur Tigers are listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Recent information indicates that there are less than 400 Amur Tigers left in the wilds of far eastern Russia. Captive breeding could be a critical factor for the survival of the world’s largest cat.


Emperor Tamarin Twins Born at Banham Zoo

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Christmas Eve 2012 at Banham Zoo, UK, brought two little Emperor Tamarin twins!

Emperor Tamarins are ususally born in pairs. In tamarins and their close relatives the marmosets, the mother nurses her offspring but it is the father who carries them. The pair's older offspring may also help. These twins enjoy riding on their father and an older brother. 

The twins are beginning to explore and venture away from the family in short bursts. They were especially curious about the photographer, but soon ran back to cling to dad. 

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Meet Hamish the Baby Bamboo Lemur!

In September we brought you the sad but hopeful story of a little Lesser Bamboo Lemur that had been rejected by its mother and was being hand-reared by keeper Claire at the UK's Banham Zoo. Today we bring you wonderful news that the orphan lemur is doing quite well. Here is an update from the Banham Zoo's Facebook page. "As you can see from the photo [Hamish] is progressing really well and is now living in an offshow pen next to his family during the day. He loves having the extra space to leap and jump around and has a real fondness for bamboo shoots! He only gets four milk feeds a day now and no longer requires night feeds so main carer Claire can now actually get a decent nights sleep! We are introducing fruit and vegetables to him and his favourites so far seem to be peas, mini corn and banana! We are all very pleased with how well he is doing."

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Meet a Baby Bamboo Lemur

This tiny four week old Western Lesser Bamboo Lemur, also known as a Sambirano Gentle Lemur, was born at the UK's Banham Zoo. Sadly, the tiny lemur was rejected by its mother but luckily a zoo staffer was ready and willing to take up the 24 hour job of raising the baby. These lemurs live almost entirely on bamboo and spend most of their lives high up in the treetops.

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Hopefully we'll all get more updates on the baby via the Banham Zoo's Facebook page.


Three Snow Leopard Cubs Debut Banham Zoo

This past weekend, the UK's Banham Zoo debuted their three 10 week old Snow Leopard cubs to the public. Up until now, the only glimpses most zoo staff had seen were grainy images from the remote den cam. The cubs appear happy and healthy and still have access to the secluded den area for when they want to avoid the limelight. The Banham Zoo has been part of the European Breeding Programme for this endangered species for over 25 years.

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