Cholita, an abused spectacled bear and former circus animal, waits for her trip to the United States, where she can live out the rest of her life in a sanctuary. Photo provided by Animal Defenders International (ADI).
Cholita has had a hard life. She is an Andean/spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus), a species considered vulnerable of extinction in the wild. She was kept illegally at a circus in Peru. There, she was severely abused.
Due to the gruesome abuse she suffered at the circus, Cholita now has no claws, teeth or hair. She is barely recognizable as a spectacled bear. But there is hope for Cholita, to live out the rest of her days in a United States sanctuary.
Animal Defenders International (ADI) has worked with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Peruvian authorities to get Cholita on a special ‘Spirit of Freedom’ flight to Colorado scheduled for April 20. The huge rescue mission, which also includes the rescue of 70 other circus animals, is expected to cost ADI over $1.2 million.
The litter includes two females and one male. Keepers are seeking name suggestions for one of the pups via the zoo’s Facebook page.
“The pups have been in the den to date and we have been monitoring them via a video camera, to ensure they are growing and developing well, ” said keeper Ian Anderson. “Oriental small-clawed otters are a social species and live in large families so it is anticipated that the family will remain together for the near future.”
February 24th saw the birth of an endangered female lowland gorilla at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL. The little baby ape has been named Bella and is doing well with her mother, Bahati, and father, Kwan.
Aww! Busch Gardens Tampa welcomed a pair of cheetah cubs!
A pair of cheetah cubs have joined the ranks at Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL. The cubs, named Tendai and Thabo, weighed 12 pounds when they were born on November 22, 2014. Once old enough, they will start their own coalition of cheetahs at the Cheetah Run habitat.
A western lowland gorilla named Mary with her new baby at Busch Gardens. Photo by Busch Gardens.
A female western lowland gorilla was born at Busch Gardens Tampa on February 6! This brings the gorilla troop at the Busch Gardens Myombe Reserve habitat to seven!
What a sweet face! Both mother and baby are doing well and are being monitored by the animal care staff. Photo by Busch Gardens.
“The first month will be the critical period as the mother, Mary, and the infant begin to integrate into the current gorilla troop, so the Busch Gardens animal care team will be monitoring their progress closely,” said Jeff Andrews, vice president of zoological operations for Busch Gardens.
These lorikeets enjoy new, Valentine’s Day-themed toys for the holiday. Photo by Christian Sperka / Nashville Zoo.
Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day tomorrow? The animals at Nashville Zoo will be enjoying the day with special enrichment items!
“Valentine’s Day is a chance for our animals to receive new items and toys for enrichment, and for our keepers to have a little fun, ” said Jac Menish, curator of behavioral husbandry at Nashville Zoo. “Cardboard in the shape of candy kisses, purple and red paper mache balls, and pink paper chains are just a few of the sweet items the animals will be enjoying during the day.”
Oakland Zoo took in three Amazon tree boas after the snakes were confiscated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The smuggled snakes could not be returned to the wild after they were taken from South America and illegally imported into the Port of Miami.
“Animals illegally imported from the wild and into the pet trade are subjected to horrific conditions during the transport including overcrowding, extreme temperatures, and little to no sanitation, leading to a very low survival rate,” said Margaret Rousser, Zoological Manager at Oakland Zoo. “This is also a primary cause of many species becoming endangered. When looking for pet reptiles or birds, owners should only purchase animals that are captive bred and ensure that they are dealing with a reputable source. The best option is to work with a rescue organization.”
Guests to the zoo can see the new snakes at the Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Room daily from 10am-4pm.
In the wild, Amazon tree boas are common in forests with high humidity, like the Amazon rainforest. They also inhabit dry areas, like savannas or dry forests, and along rivers. They hunt at night using infrared sensitivity and during the day using vision. While they are aggressive in nature, they are non-venomous.