Zoological Garden newsflash
Thirteen Nene goose chicks have hatched, none of them suffering from leg problems! It seems that the change we made to their diet, from a protein and fat rich diet to a diet based on green vegetation, has solved the problem.
Most of the chicks have already been released onto the main lawn, being big enough to cope with the seagulls, while the rest are still in the cages with their parents.
Our old female wolf died unexpectedly, and Shosha, the female wolf returned to us after several years in the Abu Kabir Zoological Garden, spends most of her time with the two male wolves. She is still somewhat afraid of them, but pack interactions appear to be beginning to form. Shosha has also started to bare her teeth at visitors, a behavior indicating that she is starting to feel at home here.
The antlers of two of our Persian fallow deer have been shed, the antlers of the other two will probably also be shed shortly. The remains of the deformed antler of the oldest male continued to shrink until it too was shed, and has not been found. This male was isolated because of the aggression directed at him last year by the other deer. We hope that he will rejoin them shortly.
After the Eurasian eagle-owls were moved last October to a more spacious cage (near the northern bald ibis), their previous cage was connected to that of the Pharaoh eagle-owls, so now they too have a very spacious cage.
The Zoological Garden has adopted the tradition of the Botanical Garden of holding Friday guided tours, and now opens its gates to the general public every few Fridays. The dates of the tours are published on the Camus Teva website and Facebook page, and on the Zoological Garden website. The profits from these tours are dedicated to improving animal welfare in the garden.
The male Houbara bustard is courtship dancing again…
Photo: Ilil Pratt