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Via press release:
Dublin Zoo, a not for profit organisation, is delighted to announce more new arrivals, this time the birth of two red panda cubs who are yet to be named. Both cubs are female and this is the second litter born to parents Angelina and Chota, who welcomed a set of twins this time last year.
The female twins were born in June, however before this week sightings of the new arrivals were rare because they only ventured out of their den at nightfall.
Team Leader Eddie O’Brien said, “Red pandas are endangered in the wild so we are over the moon that this is the second litter born at Dublin Zoo within a year. They are both doing very well and getting more adventurous and confident as they can now be seen exploring their habitat during the day.”
Red Panda Facts:
· Red pandas have thick, dense fur and a long, bushy tail to keep them warm
· The fur on the soles of their feet also prevent them from slipping on wet branches
· Mainly active at sunrise and sunset, they spend the rest of their time asleep in the trees
· Red pandas are endangered in the wild
Thursday, 20th September 2012
Dublin Zoo Welcomes Meerkat Pups
Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce the arrival of two meerkat pups to the family of four adult meerkats, one male and three females.
Although the pups were born in July, visitors are only now getting their first glimpse of the young additions as mum and dad kept the pups hidden in burrows during the early stages of their lives. Throughout this period, their parents and aunts kept watch over the secret passages, calling out and warning each other if there were any signs of danger or predators nearby. This is typical of meerkats who demonstrate altruistic behavior within their colonies where one or more meerkats stand guard, to warn others of approaching dangers.
Eddie O’Brien, team leader said, “We are delighted with the arrival of the pups. It has been some time since meerkats were born at the Zoo so these are a welcome additions. We think the youngsters are female.”
He continued, “Both pups are doing very well. They are still feeding from their mother and recently they have also started eating solids. As carnivores they eat meat and insects.”
Meerkats are small mammals belonging to the mongoose family. They live in various parts of southern Africa including the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, the Namib Desert in Namibia, southwestern Angola and South Africa.
Press Release from Dublin Zoo
Rio and Marmaduke celebrate their first born at Dublin Zoo
Tapir calf born
Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of a Brazilian tapir born early on Tuesday, 5th June. The male calf, born to mum Rio, and dad Marmaduke, is the pair’s first calf together.
Team leader Eddie O’Brien, said, “We are delighted with the birth of the tapir calf. Mum and calf are doing very well and we are really happy with how well Rio is doing as a first time mum. The calf was up and about quickly after he was born, he is really inquisitive!”
Tapir calves are born with a number of white spots and stripes which act as camouflage in the wild. The spots and stripes mimic the dappled sunlight on the forest floor but these markings will disappear by adulthood. Although this is Rio’s first calf, Marmaduke has successfully fathered 17 tapir calves to date.
Last year Rio, the female tapir arrived at Dublin Zoo from Marwell Wildlife in the UK to join Marmaduke the male tapir. A year on, the keepers are delighted to see how well both have hit it off and are even more delighted that they have successfully bred a new calf.
These nocturnal mammals are native to the tropics of South and Central America. Tapirs have a short trunk, which they use to grab branches and leaves or to help pluck tasty fruit. Tapirs feed each morning and evening. They are excellent swimmers and can dive to feed on aquatic plants.
Three men are being sought after a penguin was stolen from Dublin Zoo this morning.
The bizarre theft happened at around 8.30am before the zoo opened to the public.
Three men climbed the perimeter fence and entered the penguin habitat, capturing a 10-year-old female named Kelli.
They put her into a sack and left the zoo where they hailed a taxi passing through the Phoenix Park.
They told the driver they had a rabbit with them and he dropped them in Dublin’s north inner city.
The penguin was found on Rutland Street and was taken back to the zoo by gardaí from Store Street.
Second photo is Zookeeper Garth Dejong feeding the once missing penguin who is now safe & sound & back on Dublin Zoo, from here
Nice little competition to start the week off.
Jacob’s have launced a website for kids at http://jacobs4kids.com and are hosting a Family Day at Dublin Zoo on Sunday 27th June, where every full paying adult gets to bring 2 kids up to the age of 16 free.
The press release bit:
Jacob’s are celebrating the launch of their new Jacobs4kids biscuits with a fun filled day out for families in Dublin Zoo on Sunday, 27 June 2010 from 11am – 6pm.
At Jacob’s Zoo Family Day, two kids will go free with every paying adult and fun is guaranteed with lots of activities for kids to enjoy.
‘Tarzan and Jane’ will be organising a scavenger hunt while there will be an entertainment marquee with face painting, games, entertainers and of course, free biscuits for kids to enjoy. Jacob’s DJ will also be there spinning some funky summer tunes.
First two people to tweet me or leave a comment saying “We’d like to go to the Zoo Zoo Zoo” will get them!
And just like that, they’re gone. Congrats to the winners :)
Thanks to WHPR for the competition. A big reason I’m doing it is that Jacobs4Kids are official supporters of Barnardos, a charity I like a lot. Nice one.