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Posted by: thaiga
« on: May 17, 2017, 03:17:01 PM »

Korat zoo breeding vultures to save them from extinction

Vultures are on the brink of extinction in Thailand, with only 7 of the rare birds at Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

Zoo keepers have begun a programme to breed vultures and return them to their natural habitat, with the species on the verge of extinction in Thailand.

Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo official Prasert Chanklang said on Wednesday that vultures have disappeared from the wild in Thailand due to changing geographic conditions becoming unfavourable for them. Use of pesticides and chemicals on farmland also drove them away.

Now, the species is to be seen only in zoos. Nakhon Ratchasima zoo has 7 vultures -  3 males and 4 females, he said.

The zoo is trying to breed the large birds, with three pairs. One pair was seen building a nest, good news meaning that the birds were preparing to mate. Zoo staff were closely monitoring their behaviour. If the pair do mate and lay eggs it would be the first time the rare birds have been successfully bred in Thailand. 

If the breeding programme is successful, the vultures will eventually be released into their natural habitat, Mr Prasert said.

Male vultures have black body plummage and females white, with red necks and feet. They take 3 years to mature, when they stand about 150cm tall and weigh 3.7 to 5.4kg, he said.

Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: April 28, 2017, 06:34:50 PM »

The Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo on Thursday invited the public to participate in a contest to name a tapir calf that was born early this month.

Arkhom Maneekul, the director of the zoo, said the calf was born at 6.50am on April 6, which is the Chakri Day national holiday.

The baby is healthy and weighs four kilograms. Its sire is called Khaokhiew and its dam Saifon.

The winner will win a zoo membership card worth Bt2,000, Arkhom said.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: April 13, 2017, 01:44:58 PM »

They do stick together

Cape Cobra Vs. Meerkats
Posted by: Baby Farts
« on: April 13, 2017, 08:55:16 AM »

Meerkats are cool.  These things can kill snakes.
Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: April 12, 2017, 07:35:13 PM »

NAKHON RATCHASIMA - The Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo is introducing its new members to the public this Songkran holiday - a baby white deer and two baby meerkats, zoo director Arkhom Maneekul said.

Mr Arkhom said the three animals were born in mid-March.

The white deer fawn, a male, had only just learned how to forage for himself, he said. The parents previously would not allow people to get near him. White deer are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1992.

The two meerkat pups, gender still not known, were strong and healthy. The meerkat is native to southern Africa and a member of the same family as the mongoose, Mr Arkhom said.

The three newcomers were now waiting for visitors to the zoo, he said.

This adorable white deer fawn has just learned how to browse, and can now be viewed at Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

The meerkat enclosure. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

Visitors get their first glimpse of the new meerkat pups now on display at Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

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