Births at the Parc des Félins in 2015
Written by Aurélie, on August 22, 2015
There were many babies born in the park in 2015, some of which were very unexpected. Those of you following us on Facebook will have seen lots of photos of our cubs.
We are pleased to be able to give you a summary of the births.
In March, for the second year in a row, the birth of a female Pallas Cat (Otocolobus manul), Wuhan, born on 24 March. She is doing well and still here with her mother in the park.
In May, and for the first time at the Parc des Félins, we had 3 Canadian lynx (Lynx canadensis) cubs, then Aline, our female Kruger lion (Panthera leo krugeri), gave birth to 2 cubs, which is a miracle if you consider that she is mother for the first time at 11 years of age!
And to complete our list, 3 young Gordon's wildcats (Felis sylvestris gordoni) were born on 7 July, as well as a Geoffroy's cat (Leopardus geoffroyi) on 13 July. And not forgetting the numerous lemurs born in the park.
As for many felids, these species are part of European breeding programmes.
Since the 1970's zoological parks consider the wild animals they raise as important individuals that must be protected. With this awareness, they united to work together for the conservation of endangered species through breeding programmes. This is called EX-SITU conservation, i.e. conservation outside of the animal's natural habitat.
These programmes are then coordinated internationally according to sound biological principles, with a view to maintaining or restoring viable populations in the wild.
They have been extremely important in increasing captive populations, as well as maintaining a consistent genetic heritage. Captive populations today are generally sufficient for a possible reintroduction into the wild, because breeding is just demonstration of a physiological desire to reproduce. Zoo births are therefore nothing exceptional for the majority of species bred today.
So come and watch our cubs in the morning or at the end of the day in their spacious wooded enclosures.