Two-toed sloth baby born, name her

This 24 December 2015 video from Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands is about the birth of a Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth.

Sloths don’t often reproduce in zoos. However, for Amersfoort zoo this is the tenth youngster born in their nocturnal animals‘ hall. For mother Amaka and father Quasimodo of the newborn baby, is is the sixth time.

The youngster is female, but does not have a name yet. Amersfoort zoo asks people to suggest suitable names on their Facebook page. As Linnaeus‘s two-toed sloths are from South America, names with connections to that are prefered.

21 spiny flower mantis babies born

This 20 November 2015 video from Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands is about the recent birth there of 21 spiny flower mantis babies.

After about two months, the eggs of this African insect species hatched.

The youngsters will need to molt seven times before they reach adulthood, when they will be as colourful as their parents.

This 26 September 2014 is about when the spiny flower mantis adults had just arrived in the zoo.

This video shows some adults as well.

Artificial rain for Amersfoort zoo birds

It is hot summer weather in the Netherlands. Maybe sometimes a bit too hot, like for birds in Amersfoort zoo.

This 7 August 2015 video shows how a sprinkler system makes the weather more bearable for parrots, cattle egrets, black-crowned night herons and other zoo birds.

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.”

Why It’s OK for Birds to Be Gay: 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.