Baby giraffes reared at Al Ain Zoo to be rehomed in safari park

The young Rothschild giraffes are on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s endangered red list

Two newborn giraffes reared at Al Ain Zoo will be rehomed in the emirate's safari park near Jebel Hafeet.

The animals will join 12 other giraffes in the 217-hectare park under its conservation programme.

The young Rothschild giraffes, a sub-species of the Northern Giraffe, are on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s endangered red list.

Giraffes can live up to 25 years but are considered vulnerable with numbers estimated to have dropped to fewer than 100,000 wild animals worldwide.

Specialists at the zoo helped rear the newborns to develop a strong connection with their mothers and other giraffes.

They were initially kept with their mothers, separate from other giraffes and African animals in the safari.

Just a few months after their birth, the youngsters were weaned and ready to eat alongside their mothers.

Then they received help in learning to feed independently by being introduced to different types of food by their animal care specialists.

When the weather began to cool, the zoo started to gradually introduce them to the rest of the group.

Al Ain Zoo sponsors several species conservation programmes around the world in collaboration with other scientific bodies, zoos and governments.

It conducts research on the conservation, breeding and preservation of multiple endangered species, and returns some to their natural habitats.

The centre is home to about 4,000 animals, with more than 200 species.

Southern white rhinos have also been at the zoo since 2008 under its conservation programme.

Worldwide, numbers of the near-threatened animals are a major success story, making a comeback in recent years with populations swelling to about 21,000.

At Al Ain Zoo, there is a group of 11 rhinos – five males and six females – inside dedicated animal exhibit zones that replicate their natural African habitat.

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Updated: October 11th 2021, 11:36 AM
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