The last of the goat kids have arrived at Zoo Krefeld in Germany. The zoo now has eleven juvenile goats—what a handful! Energetic and playful, they're up to all kinds of mischief, like climbing all over mom.
In early March, Zoo Krefeld in Germany welcomed a litter of two Agoutis! Normally they would have liked to see the mother raise both babies, but she was not able to provide enough milk for both. One baby has stayed with mom and the other is bend hand-fed a milk-replacer for kittens.
At first, the hand-raised Agouti, named Flo, had to be fed every two hours, even at night. The baby has been gaining about .07 to .1 ounces (2-3 g) per day, and at three weeks old tipped the scale at 4.6 ounces (130 g).
Photo credit: Zoo Krefeld / Andreas M. Bischof (1, 2)
Agoutis are rodents that live in the rainforests of South America. They are nocturnal and usually live in pairs on the forest floor. They cache extra food, such as nuts and seeds, in holes in the ground which they often forget about. This makes them important seed dispersers for trees.
The secret’s out: there’s a Snow Leopard cub at Germany’s Zoo Krefeld!
Because the cub’s mother, Dari, is a first-time mom and
experienced a difficult delivery, the zoo staff waited a few weeks to announce
the cub’s arrival. Born June 13, the cub
is now healthy, strong, and as you can see from the pictures, quite photogenic!
Photo Credit: Hella Hallman (1), Magnus Neuhaus (2,3,4,5,6)
Snow Leopards inhabit high mountainous regions in central
Asia, where they hunt for wild goats, wild sheep, or any prey they can
find. Snow Leopards are able to kill and
eat animals weighing four times as much as they do. Cubs remain with their mothers for almost
two years. Snow Leopards are listed as
Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
On May 17, this little Jaguar cub came into the world, born to Krefeld Zoo’s breeding
pair Bess and Porgy. This is the second offspring for the parents in their time at the zoo. It was a difficult birth, but mother and cub got to do the necessary bonding for the first week of his life. At that juncture, Bess suffered from an inflammation of the uterus, and had to be treated under general anesthesia for the condition. Fortunately, she made a full recovery, reunited with her cub, and has been doing a great job of caring for her baby ever since.
At his recent health check, keepers had their hands full trying to subdue the little fella.
He’s a feisty one! The cub has grown to weigh about 8.8 pounds (4 kilos), so he should start to venture out into the habitat sometime next week. A camera has been installed in the birthing box so zoo visitors can watch Mom and cub on a TV screen in front of their exhibit, while the pair remains behind the scenes.
Photo Credit: Hella Hallmann/ Krefeld Zoo
Jaguars, the largest cats in the Americas, are threatened in the wild by massive conversions of their natural habitats for human economic interests, being shot or poisoned by livestock owners, and the depletion of the cat's natural prey due to overhunting. There are several organizations whose work is devoted to helping on all of these fronts, to preserve this beautiful species.
In Germany, Zoo Krefeld's Black Rhino couple, Nane and Usoni, gave birth to their fourth baby on July 13. The baby, whose gender is unknown, weighs almost 30 kg, or about 66 pounds.
Zoo Krefeld is one of only five zoos in Germany that successfully breed the rare species.
Black Rhinos, also known as hook-lipped Rhinos, are native to central and eastern Africa. They are one of the largest species of Rhinos, with horns reaching up to 5 feet in length. Despite the name, Black Rhinos generally have light gray or white skin. The species is currently listed as Critically Endangered and is considered to be on the brink of extinction in the wild.