Archive for July, 2008
“There were many trials of artificial insemination, but Budapest zoo’s female rhino, called Lulu, is the first that got the baby and the whole insemination took place at the beginning of April.”
Saiga jelas bukan sejenis badak. Saiga (Saiga tatarica) adalah sejenis antelop yang hidup di padang-padang rumput yang tandus di Rusia, Khazakhtan dan Mongolia. Hidungnya besar seperti hidung tapir. Saiga jantan mempunyai sepasang tanduk pendek. Masalahnya, bukankah habitatnya begitu jauh dengan habitat badak? Habitat badak terdekat terdapat di India. Ternyata memang ada hubungannya. Bahkan saling mempengaruhi. Saiga pernah nyaris punah gara-gara cula badak. Lho kok? Ceritanya begini.
Ketika para konservanis pusing memikirkan perburuan ilegal cula badak yang gila-gilaan, mereka mencoba mengurangi perburuan itu dengan mangajukan kandidat tanduk saiga sebagai pengganti cula badak. Alasan pemilihan saiga, karena binatang itu jumlahnya memang banyak sekali. Waktu itu sekitar 2 juta binatang! Kalau diburu sedikit saja pasti populasinya tak terganggu, begitu perkiraan para ahli.
San Diego’s John Ireland today sent a photo of himself behind a great horned beast he shot from about 20 yards–with a tranquilizer dart, as part of a scientific expedition on Lalibela Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. Hunters pay for the thrill of a hunt, and the money goes toward research.
“I’d never kill a rhino, so this was a real opportunity,” Ireland said. “The sedative takes seven to ten minutes to take effect, so there’s a little more danger involved than a normal rifle hunt. There was a vet in attendance to make sure the rhino would be OK. He took blood and DNA samples to check the animal’s health and for research. The best part of the hunt was watching the rhino get up and walk away.”
The Little Rock Zoo is proud to announce the arrival of a Navasha, a 26-year-old female black rhino from the Lincoln Park Zoo. (Click here to watch the move to the zoo)
Navasha was transferred to Little Rock as a recommendation of the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a captive management animal program for endangered species in accredited American zoos. The SSP recommended Navasha be a companion to Johari, a 13-year-old male black rhino living at the Zoo since 1996.
Navasha has moved into her new exhibit at the Zoo but has not been officially introduced to Johari, although both rhinos are occasionally able to see each other. For a short period of time, Navasha and Johari will be kept in separate stalls in the rhino barn to allow Navasha time to acclimate to her new surroundings. Once introduced, the two rhinos will occupy the west side of the rhino yard.
According to Zoo staff, Navasha is adjusting well to her new surroundings and is spending more time outside. Zoo Director Mike Blakely said the addition of Navasha is a feather in the hat for the Little Rock Zoo.
“Rhinos are incredibly endangered in the wild and very rare in American zoos. The fact that the Little Rock Zoo received a recommendation to take Navasha as a companion for Johari says our Zoo is doing something right,” said Blakely.
Navasha arrives just in time for the Zoo’s annual fundraiser for wild rhino conservation, Bowling for Rhinos, set for July 17, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. at Millennium Bowl in Maumelle. Tickets are only $25 per person for adults and $15 per person for children. Ticket price includes entry to the event, shoe rental, and two games of bowling. A silent auction featuring unique animal items will start at 6:00 p.m. All proceeds go to organizations in Africa and Asia working to save the wild rhino.
Source: Arkansasmetters, July 9, 2008