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German Zoo Reintroduces 27 Critically Endangered European Hamsters Into the Wild

September 16, 2021

Opel Zoo in Germany has recently reintroduced into the wild 27 out of the 52 European hamsters that were born at the zoo this year. The reintroduction area was developed to suit the ecological needs of this species, listed as "Critically Endangered" in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The reintroduction programme was identified as a vital and successful conservation measure for this species.

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Findings of Largest-Ever Cetacean Welfare Study Have Been Published!

September 15, 2021

The findings of the largest-ever cetacean welfare study have been published! This study, led by University of California Irvine, Chicago Zoological Society/ Brookfield Zoo and University of Florida , analysed data on bottlenose dolphins, beluga whales & white-sided dolphins from 43 institutions in seven countries.

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This study provides new findings, information and tools to enhance cetacean welfare, including a new app "ZooPhysioTrak", a database of health and welfare biomarkers to assist institutions with their assessments.

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Photo: Georgia Aquarium

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First Markhor Born Via Artificial Insemination: Born in French Zoo to Male in Finland

September 10, 2021

For the first time, a markhor was born via artificial insemination! The young was born at Réserve Zoologique de la Haute-Touche to a female inseminated with sperm collected from a male housed at Korkeasaari Zoo, the coordinator of the EEP. This achievement is important for the conservation of this species, listed as "Near Threatened" in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, but also for other captive breeding programmes, as it allows for genetically-valuable individuals to have offspring in other institutions without having to move long distances.

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Zoos Victoria's All Three Zoos Now Powered By 100% Renewable Energy

September 3, 2021

In a first for zoos in mainland Australia, Zoos Victoria (Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary & Werribee Open Range Zoo) are powered by 100% renewable energy! Supported by the Victorian government, the zoos have achieved another sustainability milestone, after being certified as a carbon neutral zoo in 2013... More zoos to follow?

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Zoo-Bred Jacutingas Sent for Future Reintroduction Into the Wild

August 13, 2021

Four black-fronted piping guans (jacutingas) bred at Parque Das Aves joined other captive-bred conspecifics in a journey to Serra da Mantiqueira (São Paulo, Brazil), to be prepared for future reintroduction in the wild, part of a conservation programme by SAVE Brasil. The zoo had already sent six jacutingas to the programme in 2017 and five of them were reintroduced in the Mata Atlântica.

Listed as "Endangered" in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, this south American species is threatened by illegal hunting and habitat loss.