FROM ZOO TO YOUnWhere do zoo animals come from?

In fact, everyone knows concerning the contemporary births of “Ayubu” the rhinoceros, “Jasiri” the giraffe, and “Mafy” the crimson ruffed lemur, and that they name the Lee Richardson Zoo their birthplace. However the place did their folks and the entire different animals on the zoo come from?

Whilst many animals on the zoo have been born or hatched right here, others got here to the zoo as suggestions via Species Survival Plans (or SSPs) administered through the Affiliation of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). As an accepted member of AZA, Lee Richardson Zoo is eager about 39 SSPs, combining efforts with different collaborating zoos and aquariums in bettering the conservation of species within the wild during the sustainability of wholesome zoo populations.

To succeed in those targets, each and every SSP depends upon a automatic database, necessarily a family tree or lineage of a specific species. Very similar to the breed registries used with thoroughbred animals in different fields, this database is known as a studbook. Zoo studbooks are compiled and maintained through a Studbook Keeper, a person inside the zoo group who is especially conversant in a species and its pedigree. With the help of an AZA Inhabitants Marketing consultant, studbook information is analyzed via zoo-developed tool to generate knowledge on genetics and demographics of each and every SSP. Whilst the genetics permit a view into the range of relationships inside of a inhabitants, demographics supply statistical traits together with age, intercourse, and inhabitants traits.

Calling at the experience of extra animal managers at zoos throughout North The united states, SSP Committees are shaped to supervise the control of each and every SSP program. Systems additionally come with advisors in various fields together with veterinary well being, vitamin, conduct, and copy. The use of the analyses of each and every studbook, committees meet incessantly (in particular person or just about) to spot targets and suggestions for a program, together with the right way to highest serve a inhabitants during the formation of latest social teams or pairings via zoo-to-zoo transfers.

Many of those inter-zoo transfers are to shape new households for the aim of copy. This was once the case when the zoo received rhinos “Jabari” and “Johari” within the spring of 2016 from Zoo Manila and the Cleveland Zoo. Feminine crimson ruffed lemur “Sorsha” got here from the Henson Robinson Zoo in Springfield, Illinois (according to the Manila website to sign up for men “Frank” and “Bogey” for a similar reason why. The 2 lemur brothers have been born on the

Jackson Zoo in Mississippi. And giraffes “Cleo” and “Juani” arrived from the Jacksonville and the Indianapolis zoos as a part of an SSP advice.

At different occasions, animals have come to the Lee Richardson Zoo for different functions, however no much less essential than the formation of latest households. In 2018, brother snow leopards “Bodhi” and “Omid” arrived from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo as a advice during the Snow Leopard SSP. Whilst offering zoo guests the chance to peer and find out about those magnificent animals, their switch additionally helped organize to be had house in zoos to house copy in different animals maximum essential to a wholesome and biologically sound inhabitants. Jaguar women folk “Kaya” and “Luna”, arriving in early 2021, also are an instance of the Lee Richardson Zoo’s dedication to that species and a Species Survival Plan.

The following time you come back to the zoo, take a second to realize each animal and its contribution to their species, whether or not via copy and the continuation of its lineage, or as an envoy to their species, permitting us to experience and find out about those superb creatures.

Joe Knobbe is the deputy director at Lee Richardson Zoo.