Thursday, 6 September 2012

Chester zoo


 It is estimated that only between 500-600 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild, and the actual number may be as low as 400. And their population is dwindling rapidly. A 1978 a tiger census reported around 1,000 Sumatran tigers still in the wild. This means over the last 25 years, the population of Sumatran tigers has been cut in half. The Sumatran tiger is considered to be a ‘critically’ endangered species.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

 the three rare Sumatran Tiger cubs born at Chester Zoo on 21st October.
The trio of endangered Sumatran cubs are the offspring of five year old mother Kirana and four year old father Fabi.
The births are a big success for the zoo and good news for the future of the species, as it is thought that only 400 Sumatran tigers are now left in the wild, where they are poached for traditional medicine.

 In Chester zoo today we saw three young and the female in one enclosure

Eastern Bongo Classification and Evolution
The Bongo is a large species of antelope that is found inhabiting the jungles and forests of Eastern, Western and Central Africa. They are the largest forest-dwelling antelope species and one of the most distinctive, with a chestnut coloured coat and long horns that spiral as high as 90cm in males. There are two recognised sub-species of Bongo which are the Mountain Bongo (also known as the Eastern Bongo) and the Lowland Bongo (also known as the Western Bongo), which is primarily found in the forests of Central Africa. Both species of Bongo are threatened by both hunting and habitat loss with populations having declined significantly enough for it to be listed as a near threatened species by the IUCN, as although it still has a relatively wide distribution, populations are becoming more and more isolated.

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