More species for Colchester Zoo

COLCHESTER zoo has imported two more species to breed in captivity.A group of highly intelligent and cunning black jackals have been brought from Arnhem Zoo in Holland and placed in a glass cage opposite in the White Tiger Valley area of the tourist attraction.

COLCHESTER zoo has imported two more species to breed in captivity.

A group of highly intelligent and cunning black jackals have been brought from Arnhem Zoo in Holland and placed in a glass cage opposite in the White Tiger Valley area of the tourist attraction.

A spokeswoman for Colchester Zoo said jackals, which are social animals and use burrows and caves as shelters, suffer in the wild because farmers often kill them after their livestock is attacked.

Two blue duikers, a rare and shy antelope species, have also been transported to Colchester from Holland. They now share an area with the blue cranes.


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They have been brought to the zoo as a part of a breeding programme. Duikers have been greatly affected by the bush meat trade and are trapped for their meat and skin in the wild, the spokeswoman explained.

The common name refers to a characteristic habit of taking off at high speed in a series of diving jumps when alarmed.

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In the wild the female will give birth to one young usually after a gestation period of three months. Single lambs, very rarely twins, are born at any time of year, possibly with a peak in summer. Full grown at 7 months, females first mate as early as 8-9 months, and give birth at one year.

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