Please welcome the youngest member of our giraffe family
Mother Nature was gracious to the residents of our Tarzan Trail, the enclosure introducing the habitat of Africa to our visitors, as the five-member giraffe family welcomed its newest addition.
The calf was born happy and healthy after 450 days of gestation and at present is living with its mother, however, it will be introduced to the other members of the group in a few days.
At present, there are 3 adult females (Bogi, Laura, Vanessa), a bull (Árpi) and two young giraffes– Kamilla, the 3.5 year old female and the new-born calf – living in Nyiregyhaza Zoo.
After the birth of the young calf we were worried, since Laura, the 9 year-old giraffe mommy neglected her first baby, Kamilla 3.5 years ago, who was fed by her keepers in the first few months. Luckily, Laura has changed and grew up to her task and has been a loving and caring mother from the very first moment. The 180 centimetre tall and 70 kilograms weight calf is currently breastfed by its mother and will be introduced to fibrous fodder at the age of 6 months, yet, breast milk will remain part of its diet until the age of 12-16 months.
According to their pattern and habitat in Africa, there are nine subspecies of giraffes acknowledged at present. In Nyiregyhaza Zoo you can find Rothschild’s giraffes, who share their enclosure with other ungulates, such as Grevy zebras and several unique antelope species.
Rothschild’s giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi) were named after the prominent banker, Walter Rothschild (1868 – 1937), who was also an acknowledged zoologist. These animals are originally native in Uganda, Kenya and South-Sudan, hence they are often referred to as Uganda giraffes. They are endangered ungulates, as there are less than 700 individuals living in the wild. There are around 450 Rothschild’s giraffes kept in zoos worldwide, from which 6 resides here at Nyiregyhaza Zoo. The new-born calf is the eights giraffe born in Nyiregyhaza.
The day when we give special attention to big cats…
Five Years ago, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3rd of March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.
CITES is the biggest agreement on nature protection come to a cause of controlling the endangered species of wildlife and illegal trading. This day of the year receives a special attention to these magnificent creatures – the big cats.
Year by year the population of these species drops enormously. Caused by mostly human activities. Their populations are declining at a disturbing rate due to loss of habitat, conflicts with people, poaching and illegal trade.
We felt important joining this event, since the ZOO has the biggest collection of predators, and one of our main responsibilities is to raise awareness to our visitors about the importance of protecting these species. This day is the perfect opportunity to do so, and to show our visitors what we can do to protect and retain population of the big cats. Sostozoo is a member of European Zoo and Aquatics Society – also member of the European species protection program whereby we successfully bread some of these endangered species.
Currently we keep Sumatran, Siberian, Bengal Tigers, African and White Lions, African leopards, Persian Panthers, Jaguars, Snow Leopard and cheetahs. At the 35 hectares of oak woods some of these species successfully copulated.
On the World Wildlife Day our main focus were on Big Cats “ Predators under Threat “ whereby our visitors could observe the feedings and our team members were explaining about these rare animals.
The biggest fans of these animals were at the ZOO gate by opening so they could follow each event of the day. Those who arrived face painted as big cats had the opportunity to enter the park with a free of charge.
Roo in the Zoo
We have welcomed a new member of this special specie that we only have at the Zoo of Sosto – Hungary. Now the family expanded with its 8th member. With Kangaroos and other marsupials it is difficult to tell when are they giving birth since the fetus born at an undeveloped stage. It’s almost like an embryo with its 1-2 cm’s limbs and tail. Its eyes are still closed and have no hair at all. The fetus after birth develops in the cozy purse for two months which gives them protection and warmth. They stick their heads out after 150 days … to look around.
As the baby develops they spend more time outside of the purse and at the age of 240 days they leave it. They only return for breastfeeding for another 3-4 months.
The six months old baby kangaroo getting to know their environment each day a little bit better, and preparing to leave for good the comfort and cozy purse.
Since 2013’ our ZOO has the Australian themed runway with the biggest marsupial, accompanied with dingo’s, Benett Kangaroo’s and Emu’s.
Our very own colleague leads the role of breeding these species in a closed environment, the Red Kangaroo population since 2017. This roles expands in the whole of Europe.
The name of origin comes from ‘Macropus Rufus’ which means giant red foot. If you observe this animal it has an actual huge limb. Looking at the dietary requirements they eat mainly low nutritionist grass and leaf of shrubs.
Originally they live in Australia, the continent of lack of water. When there is enough nutrition they can chew on you can observe a group of 100 heads of them. The speed they can reach when they fueled up is up to 50 km/hr.
Interesting facts of the Red Kangaroo’s is that they can give birth up to three fetuses when they are in different stages of development. One is old enough to live outside of the purse while the other still in the purse and the third one can be still in the uterus.
If the mama Kangaroo loses a fetus for some reason, they don’t have to copulate again. Nature gave them a gift of having another embryo ready for development.
For faster growth the baby outside of the purse receives milk with higher content of fat from one breast, while the other still inside the purse receives milk with lower content of fat.