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South Coast Leisure Times : Autum 2016
www.southcoastleisuretimes.com.au South Coast 53 Mogo Mogo Zoo recently welcomed some new members to its family of over 250 animals. A 1.5 metre tall bundle of joy was welcomed to the Mogo Zoo family in late January when a rothschild giraffe gave birth for the fifth time. A team of zookeepers were on hand to witness the birth and as mother Shani coached the yet to be named newborn to its feet with her 18 inch tongue. Zoo owner Sally Padey said she had witnessed many giraffe births, but was still amazed when she saw the shaky-legged babies. “I am still amazed and relieved when I see that little baby giraffe with its long spindly legs shaking, and its coat still wet, get to its feet and start nursing, it is such a special and touching moment,” she said. This is Shani’s fifth baby in six years and is the sister to Manzi, Binti, Tuli and brother Shaba. In the wild, newborn giraffes are at their most vulnerable when they are on the ground so mothers urge their babies to get on their feet as soon as possible. The rothschild giraffe is one of the most endangered species of giraffe. In the wild, they are threatened by drought, hunting, poaching and habitat encroachment through agriculture. Twin critically endangered black and white ruffed lemurs, a girl and a boy, were born at Mogo in late November 2015. The lemurs, which are now very rare in the wild, will be fully developed by eight or nine months, and fully weaned by two years, at which point they will leave the group. Once fully weaned, the newest lemurs will be transferred to another zoo to contribute to the breeding program. The population of black and white ruffed lemurs in the wild - they are endemic to Madagascar - is declining. As one of the biggest species of lemurs, and the fact they are mostly active during the day, the black and white ruffed lemurs make an attractive target for hunters. Meet new furry friends at Mogo Zoo The new giraffe at Mogo Zoo. Photo: Clive Brookbanks. Twin lemurs at Mogo Zoo, were part of a breeding program for the critically endangered species. encounters at Mogo Zoo Amazing animal AW1815277