Births, Birthdays and Biodiversity!

May 19, 2010 § Leave a comment


New arrival for L’hoest’s Monkeys! 

We are happy to announce the birth of Fozea, the newest member of the L’hoest’s Monkey group. Born on 19th April the new arrival is yet to be sexed as mother Semliki is once again showing what a good mother she is by keeping her new baby close (new babies cling on to their mother for the first few months ).  The new arrival is now on show in the monkey house.  To check out the video of the new baby take a look at the Edinburgh Zoo YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheEdinburghZoo 

L’hoest monkeys are a forest dwelling monkey found in small areas of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are classed as vulnerable by the IUCN and the wild population is in decline due to deforestation and hunting.  

We are working to conserve this attractive species through the breeding programme here at the zoo and conservation work out in their natural habitat

RZSS is working hard to conserve this species.  The EEP (European Endangered Species Breeding Programme) for L’hoest monkeys is managed from right here at Edinburgh Zoo and RZSS helps to fund the Nyungwe Primate Ecology Project in Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda.  This project promotes the conservation of primate species including the L’hoest’s monkeys through studying the ecology of this species and its relationship with the forests it inhabits. This project is just one of the in-situ conservation projects that RZSS is involved with, to find out more about this project or see what else we’re involved with check out the zoo website at http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/conservation-and-research/international-projects/ 

Tiger Cubs Birthday 

We would like to take this opportunity to say a big happy first birthday to the Amur Tiger cubs at our sister park!  The three cubs Vladimir, Natalia and Dominika celebrated their first birthday last week and the keepers treated them to some birthday themed enrichment by giving them a ‘birthday cake’:  http://www.highlandwildlifepark.org/index.html 

The cubs were born last year to parents Yuri and Sasha who were previously residents of Edinburgh Zoo before moving up to our sister park, Highland Wildlife Park in 2008.  

Amur tigers are under threat in the wild from deforestation and poaching

Amur Tigers are an endangered species, there are only around 500 remaining in the wild and they are under threat from habitat loss, hunting of the tiger’s prey and poaching for traditional Chinese Medicines.  These cubs are part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme (EEP) for Amur Tigers. 

Biodiversity is Life Day 

In case you have forgotten 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) and this Saturday (22nd May) is Biodiversity is Life Day!  Biodiversity is the huge variety of life on our planet but unfortunately biodiversity is decreasing with so many species of plants and animals being driven to extinction.  IYB 2010 is all about celebrating, discovering and trying to save the biodiversity of our planet.  

 

Edinburgh Zoo will be joining in with Biodiversity is Life Day by taking a closer look at the connection between plants and animals! If you want to find out more about what biodiversity means and how plants, animals and us are all connected then come along to the zoo this Saturday (22nd May 11am-3.30pm at various locations around the zoo). Normal zoo admission rates apply.

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