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Zoo Wrocław has become a leader among European facilities breeding manatees

2020-09-17
Zoo Wrocław has become a leader among  European facilities breeding manatees

New resident - second manatee

Less than three months after the birth of the manatee Ambroży, the zoo in Wrocław celebrates the birth of another individual. Thus, in three years the zoo bred as many as four young ones,  becoming the leader of conservation breeding of this endangered species in Europe.

On May 23 seven-year-old Abel  gave birth to her first calf.  On September 11, fourteen-year-old Ling had her third one. The youngest offspring is most likely a female. According to the keepers, she is the biggest baby of this species they have welcomed so far.

- On the day of her birth she was about 120 cm long and weighed 25-28 kg - lists Marcin Matuszak, the keeper of the manatees from the Wrocław zoo.

Unfortunately, as before, Ling has shown no interest in her daughter, and the keepers had to take over once more.

- We were prepared for it, although we hoped that maybe Ling would take care of the baby this time, or Abel would adopt it. However, it didn’t happen, so we feed the young three times a day with a special milk formula, which we import from Australia. The greatest success for us will be when we will have raised her, so she can be sent to another zoo, just like her two older sisters. - says Matuszak.

Let us remind you that Ling gave birth to the first cub in Wrocław in March 2018. It turned out that the female had already arrived pregnant. The cub was a female and was given the name Lavia, which refers to the Latin name Vratislavia (Wrocław) and the mother's name - "L". The second young, also a  female, was born in June 2019. That time finding the right name proved challenging. Usually calves are given a name beginning with the same letter as their mother's name. But the little girl was so spirited that she was named Piraya after…the fish piranha.

In July this year, both sisters left for the French ZooParc de Beauval, where they quickly acclimatized, The photo story was published on Facebook a few days after the transport.

The zoo’s  breeding stock consists of four adult individuals - two males who came from the Danish zoo in Odense in 2014 and two females who came from Singapore in 2017.

- No facility in Europe  has had four manatee calves in three years. At present, conservation breeding is carried out by 8 zoos on our continent, and ours is becoming the most important. Manatees are dying out in the wild, and in some places of their occurrence they have become extinct. One such place is Guadeloupe. We hope that this is where individuals born and raised in European zoos will be released. However, before that happens, we need to build a safe population. That is why every newborn calf is so important, it will be the beginning of a new breeding herd in another zoo or will strengthen the existing ones. - says Radosław Ratajszczak, president of the Wrocław zoo.

Zoo Wrocław work doesn’t end with conservation breeding and monitoring the reintroduction program in the Caribbean Sea. For four years, together with the Dodo Foundation, the zoo has been supporting the African Aquatic Conservation Fund in researching and protecting the least known species of manatees in the world - the African manatee (Trichechus senegalensis).

Each visitor who chooses the SAVING WILDLIFE ticket contributes to the protection of many species of animals in their natural environment, including manatees. However, this may not be enough, so the zoo also encourages voluntary donations to the zoo or the Dodo Foundation.

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