Tuesday, October 26, 2021

United Arab Emirates: newborn giraffes to be released on world’s largest man-made safari

Al Ain Zoo prepares young giraffes for relocation to the Safari Zone, where visitors can feed them and enjoy close-knit interactions

Al Ain Zoo will release Rothschild’s newborn giraffes into the Al Ain Safari to live alongside the existing group of 12 individuals in the world’s largest man-made safari.

Integrating young giraffes with adults is part of its wildlife conservation programs and strategies to breed and increase the number of Rothschild giraffes, a subspecies that has been added to the International Union’s Red List for nature conservation (IUCN). endangered species, Al Ain Zoo said in a press release on Monday.

Newborn giraffes receive special help from their animal care specialist to establish a strong bond through a program based on positive reinforcement and behavioral training, which primarily aims to facilitate the interactions necessary to provide the animals with their needs. daily.

A few months after birth, baby giraffes are weaned and ready to eat alongside their mothers. Then, they begin to receive help learning to feed themselves independently by being introduced to different types of foods by their animal care specialists.

The whole process allows the zoo to prepare the young giraffes for relocation to the Safari Zone, where visitors can feed them and enjoy close-knit interactions.

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It is important to note that the newborn giraffes are initially kept with their mothers, separated from other giraffes and other African animals within the Safari, and once the weather starts to get more moderate and the giraffes are ready, the zoo is gradually starting to introduce them. to the rest of the group.

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