Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Yekaterinburg Zoo aardvark cub moves to Zoo Udmurtia

According to a recent announcement, an African aardvark cub born in the Yekaterinburg Zoo has been moved to its new home at Zoo Udmurtia in Izhevsk.

Two aardvarks were born April 17, 2014, the announcement said, the first time in the history of the world’s zoos that zookeepers faced the problem of an aardvark mother nursing twins.

The male and female cubs behaved and appeared different. The male was larger in size and more active but the zoo’s staff observed that both twins received enough nourishment from their mother, the zoo said.

Baton, the male aardvark, was sent to the zoo in Nizhny Novgorod. The female stayed with her mother until she gained enough strength to go to a new zoo.  Zoo Udmurtia has larger territories for the aardvark to explore, making it a better home for the animal.

The adult aardvarks still living at the Yekaterinburg Zoo, including Baga, Bantu and Bertha, are on exhibit daily. They live on the second floor at the Birds and Exotic Mammals pavilion.