Exotic Animals find Home

Exotic Animals find Home

Reporter: This zoo, the largest in Siberia, doesn’t haven’t have some of the animals you would expect to see like penguins. It does have giraffes and zebras flown in from Africa earlier this year. Housed in a spacious purpose built enclosure, they have no idea how cold it is outside. Also enjoying the warmth are panthers and monkeys.

Very much at home, the green marmosets have begun to breed. Elizabeth has yet to gain the maternal instinct, so the baby Amelia has been hand reared by the ever watchful zookeepers. Amelia is now acting as a surrogate sibling to another orphaned primate and they seem to be enjoying themselves. Soon, she’ll be joined by her kid sister, Matilda. Just under a month old, she is being kept away from her boisterous older sibling.

Zoologist 1: When it became apparent that the mother couldnot bringher up, we had many sleepless nights trying to find the unique dose and meal plan through trial and error.

Reporter: It is unusual for green marmosets not to rear their young, but they are hoping Amelia and Matilda will gain the mothering instinct for their families.

The green marmosets may not enjoy the snowy weather in Krasoyarsk, but one that does is emerald tiger. Very rare in the wild and in captivity. We have got two fine examples at Krasoyarsk Zoo, Kita and Iris, plus their newest new recruits.
It’s the second litter in just two years for Iris and Kita. The success of the breeding program is put down to the two animals being very much in love, but these are the first cubs raised by Iris herself. The first were raised by a domestic dog after an ad was placed in the local newspaper, but Iris has settled nicely into the mother role for these two tiny cubs. When they are old enough, they will be moved to another zoo to help with the conservation project for these endangered big cats.

Zoologist 2: With the large number of trees being cut down and huge areas being built over, these tigers simply have no place to live. There are very few of them left in the world. Moreover, poachers hunt for their precious fur and bones and smuggle it out to China.

Reporter: The new arrivals are good publicity for the zoo, keeping the public coming through the turnstiles whatever the weather, helping to promote its conservation work. Of course, there are new projects and new enclosures being planned for sharks and alligators, but still no penguins.

Ann Smith for Russia Today, Krasoyarsk.