Zoo Births

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First Critically Endangered Puerto Rican Toads Hatch Via In-Vitro Fertilisation

November 28, 2019

Great news for amphibian conservation, as the first critically endangered Puerto Rican crested toads hatched via in-vitro fertilisation! The semen was collected from six wild males and transported to Fort Worth Zoo, where two females awaited. Out of the 300 toads that hatched, 100 were sent to other zoos for captive breeding programmes and the other 200 will be sent back to Puerto Rico for further reintroduction into the wild.

Endangered Persian Leopards Born at Lisbon Zoo

November 12, 2019

Three endangered Persian leopard cubs were born at Lisbon Zoo last May. This zoo is the European breeding programme coordinator (EEP) for this subspecies and has sent a pair to the Sochi breeding centre (Russia) in 2013, as part of on-going plans to reintroduce captive-bred animals back into the Caucasus.

World's First as Two Collared Trogon Chicks Hatch at Chester Zoo

September 13, 2019

In a world's first, two collared trogon chicks have hatched at Chester Zoo. Both the adult male and female were rescued from illegal wildlife traders and got a new home at the zoo... And now, a year later, they have bred! 

Great News for Scottish Wildcat Conservation as Seven Kittens Born in Scottish Zoo

September 02, 2019

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's Highland Wildlife Park has announced a very special birth: seven Scottish wildcat kittens were born, to two mothers, at the zoo's off-show breeding facilities! The future of the Scottish wildcat is highly threatened but RZSS is one of the partners in the Scottish Wildcat Action (a conservation project for this species) and there are plans to reintroduce captive-bred animals back into the wild!

Five Endangered Marmots Born at Calgary Zoo, Part of Reintroduction Efforts

July 25, 2019

All zoo births are special but some are EXTRA special! Five endangered Vancouver island marmots were born at The Calgary Zoo, under a breeding and reintroduction programme for the species. This zoo is one of just three facilities breeding this species for release, and the research and conservation efforts in which they are involved has resulted in an increase of the wild population from around 30 to over 200 individuals.

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