Same-sex heron couple are good parents


This video is called Building a nest: black-crowned night heron.

Translated from Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands:

Chick grows up at lesbian black-crowned night heron parents’ nest

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:52

Two female black-crowned night herons decided a few weeks ago to build a nest together. They deposited in it nine unfertilized eggs, but still now they together bring up a chick in Amersfoort zoo.

The caretakers of the Amersfoort DierenPark have about two weeks ago put another couple’s chick in the nest of the two ladies. “The biological parents had two youngsters, but did not give them enough food,” said chief animal caretaker Bas Aalders. ”In order to ease the task of the parents, we have placed one youngster in another nest. Both chicks are growing well now.”

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Slow loris twins born in Amersfoort zoo


This video is about the birth, earlier this month, of slow loris twins in the building for nocturnal animals in Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands.

Loris trade not so slow! Learn about these incredible creatures and kick start our campaign to protect them! Here.

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Himalayan monal news


Himalayan monal, female and male

Translated from Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands:

Himalayan monal grows up in spite of everything

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 14:27

More than three months ago, the two Himalayan monals of DierenPark Amersfoort were killed during the night by a predator, probably a fox. The female had laid two eggs immediately before that event, which remained without parents. The rapid intervention of the Amersfoort caretakers caused one of the eggs to hatch some time ago. The daughter has grown and is now on display in a safe reconstructed compound.

”The Himalayan monal couple during the last two years had eggs every now and then, but they did not hatch. Hence, we thought that these eggs would be infertile as well,” says animal nurse Ester Beije. ”To be safe rather than sorry we have laid the eggs in the incubator and this little miracle happened.”

The Himalayan monal compound was adjusted immediately after the accident. There are additional bars now placed low to the ground, so that no predators can enter. The chick is raised during the first weeks of her life with a young peacock, so they could keep each other company. The young peacock now runs among his ilk in the park.

The young lady is now just getting used to her new environment. However, she may soon welcome a mate. DierenPark Amersfoort received a Himalayan monal male which now lives in a residence next to the female. ”Next week, we expect to introduce the two birds to each other, enabling them to become the new Himalayan monal couple in DierenPark Amersfoort”, the animal caretaker says.

White tigers, welcome back!


This video, from Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands, says about itself (translated):

Aug 15, 2013

After a long time, people can admire the white tigers again in the zoo. As a surprise a nice breakfast for these carnivores hangs in their compound. Take a look at these spectacular images!

The tigers went back to their compound after it had been reconstructed.

Baby zebra born


This is a video about a young male Grévy’s zebra. He was born on 8 July in Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands.

The name of the new born zebra is Nelson.

Baby collared lizards in Dutch zoo


Baby collared lizards in Dutch Amersfoort zoo

Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands reports that in the end of May this year eight healthy baby common coloured lizards have hatched from eggs.

This is a video about the eight youngsters.

In Amersfoort zoo are three adult common coloured lizards; one male, two females. Both females have laid eggs. This is the first time ever that eggs of this species have hatched in Amersfoort zoo.

This species lives in the southern United States and Mexico.

Lemur babies born


This is a video about ring-tailed lemurs, from the BBC’s “Life” documentary series.

Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands reports that young ring-tailed lemurs were born there recently.

Also, two young donkeys were born.

And the vultures have eggs in their nests.