Canada Lynx & 2 New Common Rheas on Exhibit This Weekend

Fri, 11/11/2011

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo has lots of news to share, with new animals on exhibit while others have left.
Two Common rheas, which were hatched on May 7, 2011 at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., arrived at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo last month and are on exhibit in the New England Farm Yard. The birds are "clutch mates," meaning they were hatched in the same nest, making them brother and sister.  Interestingly, these birds are polygamous, with males mating with numerous females. The females all lay their eggs in one nest with the males taking on the incubation of the eggs and nurturing of the young. 
The Canada lynx, which is considered a threatened species in the United States, also go on exhibit this weekend. Two female sisters, just one year old, came from the Minnesota Zoo in Minneapolis in October. The lynx is active mostly at night and can travel quickly but not for long periods of time. A lynx will typically give up the chase if it doesn't catch its prey within the first few seconds.

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is the first accredited zoo in the northeast to welcome a Chacoan peccary piglet and was the first accredited zoo in the northeast to exhibit this endangered species. The female piglet, which is unnamed, will remain off exhibit until spring 2012, both because of the harsh winter temperatures and to allow for bonding with the mother. Born in late October, she was two pounds at birth and has already grown to 10 pounds. She was up and following her mother around within 15 minutes of her birth, which is not uncommon for these animals.

The Zoo's two Andean condors, perennial visitor favorites for their prominent location at the entrance to the Zoo, have been transferred to Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. They are being trained for release into the wilds of Columbia, South America, which is expected to take place in 2012. These four-year-old birds, which are clutch mates, are the only condors to be reintroduced to their natural habitat this year. They were selected for release based on their valuable genetics and because they are afraid of humans, which increases their chances of survival. We hope to have a new condor on exhibit within the year. This is the third species from our zoo to be released to its home range, with the other species being Golden Lion tamarins and Red wolves.