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ZOO Wrocław successfully rescues an endangered species in Java.

2020-07-20
ZOO Wrocław successfully rescues an endangered species in Java.

Exciting news! The world's first documented birth of the small-toothed palm civet also known as the three-striped palm civet.

Have you heard of the kopi luwak? It is a type of coffee made from beans  collected from the excrements of a small animal from the viverrids family. This whim shortens the life of these mammals from 30 years to 6 months, and there are fewer and fewer of them. But Zoo Wrocław decided to help these beautiful and rare animals. The first results are here. The first small-toothed palm civet has just been born at a breeding and research station, funded by the SAVING WILDLIFE ticket sales.

The small-toothed palm civet is an endemic species, almost unknown and considered to be critically endangered. In January this year, thanks to the support of Zoo Wrocław and the German Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations (ZGAP), a breeding and research station was launched at the Prigen Conservation Breeding Ark (Prigenark), on the Java Island, Indonesia.

Seized from the smugglers, 6 small-toothed palm civets (Arctogalidia trivirgata trilineata) were placed there. Initially, they lived in separate enclosures. First attempts to pair them began in February. It turned out to be quite a challenge! The observation was difficult because due to their nocturnal lifestyle, the civets had to be paired at night. Also, they were very aggressive towards each other and had to be closely supervised.

It was really hard work. The same care givers who observed the civets at night, during the day looked after endangered bird species. But their sacrifice paid off, and in June 2020, one of the three female civets gave birth to one young. A month later, on July 14, Jochen Menner and Roland Wirth, who are leading the project, sent out an official message announcing their success to the world. They wrote, among others:

 “This is the first successful breeding of this highly endangered taxon and hopefully the beginning of a long-term rescue program. We want to emphasize that the three-striped palm civet is one of many little-known taxa that are threatened with extinction that can quickly and quietly die out - overlooked by the conservation community until it is too late. However, thanks to international cooperation and with relatively little money, we can make a difference. "

- It's hard to believe, but thanks to 5,000 Euro we are just now saving an entire species! This is how we understand our mission - to effectively save species that are little-known, but as important for the environment as the popular ones. In this case, we are dealing with a very little-known animal.  Our support will make it possible to learn about genetics, ecology and reproduction of this civet. We’ll be able to better recognize threats to this species and in turn, protect it more effectively.

And we were able to do this thanks to the SAVING WILDLIFE ticket sales that provided the funds- thousands of one Złoty contributions from our visitors, donated to protect nature. I would like to thank all of you for this support and I encourage you to choose this ticket when visiting our zoo. I also encourage you to support the DODO Foundation, because it's really worth it. Together we will save many animals - says Radosław Ratajszczak, President of the Board of Zoo Wrocław.

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