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Europe's First Successful Breeding of Fairy Penguins Just Occurred at Weymouth Aquarium

March 09, 2020

In an Europe's first, six fairy penguins hatched at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park! The aquarium's fairy penguin colony came from Australia, after the sanctuary that housed them closed in 2018.

San Antonio Zoo Breeds Threatened Salamander Species in a World's First

March 08, 2020

In a world's first, San Antonio Zoo has successfully bred the threatened reticulated flatwoods salamander. The zoo has been working on breeding this species for over 10 years, and this is an important milestone for their conservation, as only two to three populations are known to remain in the wild.

Breakthrough for Cheetah Conservation as First Two Cubs Born via Artificial Insemination & Embryo Transfer at Columbus Zoo

February 26, 2020

In a world's first, two cheetah cubs have been born via artificial insemination and embryo transfer. This was achieved by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium & partners, and represents a breakthrough for the management and conservation of this species.
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The biological mother of the cubs has valuable genes for the ex-situ population but the surrogate mother, whose genes are already well represented, is younger and has a better chance of delivering healthy cubs.

Successful 2019 for Wildlife Reserves Singapore, With the Birth of Over 660 Animals!

February 24, 2020

2019 was a successful year for Wildlife Reserves Singapore, with over 660 animals born and hatched across their four parks, representing a total of 121 species (25 threatened with extinction)!
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Some of the highlights include:
➡️ First two crocodile monitors hatched at Singapore Zoo.
➡️ Santa Cruz ground dove hatched at Jurong Bird Park (only insurance population outside native range).
➡️ Two red-shanked douc langurs were born at Singapore Zoo (total births until now: 33).
➡️ And so many more!⚠️

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.

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