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Baby Gorilla Celebrates First Birthday at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

JoanneWinston_webGuest were lined up along the entire gorilla-viewing area recently at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park to watch the troop’s reaction to the gifts and decorations for Joanne’s first birthday.

The birthday girl rode out on her mother’s back and stayed there while her mother, Imani, swiped up an ice cupcake–made with pureed yams–and hopped down when mom stopped to lick a mirrored toy smeared with peanut butter. The rest of the troop scattered throughout the exhibit to try to find their favorite snacks.

There were two cakes–a large one for the troop­and a smaller, Joanne-sized cake, both colored orange using oranges, orange juice and pureed yams and sweet potatoes. A Safari Park volunteer even made a cardboard doll house for Joanne with the house number “1” on the front.

Animal care staff had drawn “Happy Birthday Joanne” with chalk on the rock walls at the back of the gorilla habitat and filled the grassy yard with gift boxes filled with treats including sunflower seeds, peanuts, fruit slices and vegetables, which encourages the gorillas to forage for their food, which is a natural behavior for this species.

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Rare Dalmatian Pelican Chicks at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Baby Bird Takes Baby Bites: Rare Dalmatian Pelican Chick Being Hand-Raised at San Diego Zoo An 11-day-old Dalmatian pelican chick gobbles its morning meal of fish at the  San Diego Zoo’s Avian Propagation Center. The young chick hatched at the San DiegThe Avian Propagation Center at the San Diego Zoo has two new residents, a pair of Dalmatian pelicans, both less than a month old. The pair arrived at the Zoo from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, after their parents were unable to raise them upon hatching. Animal care staff at the Zoo’s off-exhibit Avian Propagation Center will hand-raise the birds for approximately 50 to 60 days, until they are strong enough to return to their flock at the Safari Park. The pelican chicks grow rapidly and should be covered in their downy feathers by three to four weeks of age.

The Dalmatian pelican chicks are part of the first North American breeding program for this vulnerable species. Since the breeding program was started in 2006, 34 chicks have been hatched. Because of the success, the Safari Park has sent some of the birds to the Phoenix Zoo, where a second breeding colony is being established.

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Flock of Parrots Receive Vaccine at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

parrot-san-diego-zoo-safari-parkA flock of small parrots living in the Lorikeet Landing habitat of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is back in their aviary and ready to greet guests. The aviary was closed and the group of nectar-feeding birds had been residing in a behind-the-scenes enclosure as animal care staff completed thorough medical exams and an upgrade to the habitat.

Twenty out of the flock of 60 birds received both an oral and injectable vaccine at the hospital. The newly developed vaccine, technically an autogenous bacterin, was administered to help protect the birds from future effects of salmonella infections.

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Nola the Rhino Gets a Pedicure at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Feeling Better and Getting Her Nails Done: Northern White Rhino at San Diego Zoo Safari Park Gets PedicureNola, a critically endangered 40-year-old northern white rhino, received some pampering and a pedicure by her keepers recently at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. While most rhinos don’t receive regular nail trims, let alone allow keepers to work on their feet, Nola is a special animal, in more ways than one.

“We have been attending to Nola’s nails for many years. Because she has been interacting with keepers from an early age, her behavior is docile,” says Jane Kennedy, lead keeper, San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “We approach Nola when she’s lying down. Two keepers provide lots of tactile reinforcement in the form of rubbing her with a brush and scratching her ears, while two other keepers trim her nails. She loves all the attention, and when she’s done, she gets one of her favorite treats, either alfalfa or an apple.”

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Two Grevy’s Zebra Births at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

ZebraPair_003_Web_1A day-old male Grevy’s zebra stretched his legs and ran next to his mother this month at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The newborn foal, born March 6, is one of two youngsters in the Grevy’s zebra herd at the Safari Park. The other foal, also a male, is just a few weeks old and was born on Feb. 26. The two foals are already running throughout the grassy habitat and staying close to the rest of the herd at the Safari Park.

“Once they hit the ground, within a short period of time they are ready to run,” said Jeff Gross, senior keeper at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “Their main form of staying alive (in the wild) is actually being able to keep up with the herd, so the importance of being able to move about, move quickly, and stay close to mother who is very protective is very important.”

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