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A new animal has woven its web in the greenhouse

Hair, fangs, eight legs, many eyes….

You have recognized it : it's a beautiful spider, a Mexican redknee tarantula (Brachypelma hamorii).
This tarantula is found in Mexico.

In order to defend itself, this tarantula use 2 technics : she can rear up to display her fangs and bite, this bite is harmless for human, as painful as a wasp's sting ; or she can flipped barbed hairs off her abdomen.
When threatened, they rear up to display their fangs. They can also flip barbed hairs off of their abdomen as a defense
When threatened, they rear up to display their fangs. They can also flip barbed hairs off of their abdomen as a defense

In the 1980's, this tarantula have seen her population decreased really fast because of her popularity : lost of collectors owned them and to satisfied most people, lost of tarantulas were captured in the wild.
Nowadays, luckily for this species, captive breeding has solved this issue and now there is only few capture in the wild.
 

Baby hornbill came out of the nest….. and it's a boy !!

After nearly 4 months spend in the nest with his mother, baby Black-and-white-casqued hornbill (Bycanistes subcylindricus) is out !
 

Daddy look really close after him. But Mummy is not far ! If you look closely you can see her in the picture.


Look a little bit closer , it seems like this new baby is a little boy : check his beautiful casque !

 

And 3 ….

Ours pair of crowned pigeon (Goura sclaterii) seems to enjoy our greenhouse!
Here is their third baby in less than a year and a half !!!

 

A new baby armadillo !

Few days ago, a new little baby Southern Three-banded armadillo (Tolyopeutes matacus) showed its little nose in Biotropica.

 

 

As usual, the mother take really great care of its newborn.
They spent lost of time, together, in the nest.

Come and try to see them anyway and at the same time, try to see the babies bats. They share the same enclosure !

Another quills in Biotropica !

It's not another baby porcupine but an all new species which just arrive in Biotropica!

The Brazilian porcupine (Coendou prehensilis) is a South american porcupine which spent 85% of its time in trees !
Their tail is really like a fifth hand.

 

The female, Rési, came from Frnckfurt days ago and was just joined by the male, Picasso, coming from Kerzers Zoo in Switzerland.

 

So far, everything seems well between the 2 love birds.

New addition to the Meerkats family !

After only one year in Biotropica, the Meerkats family seems to enjoy its enclosure.
For prouf : little babies !
 

Born on 27 april, and after spending one month in the house, the babies now run everywhere with the adults in the enclosure.

 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 
"Staying warm under the lamp"   "Near the adults, I'm fearless"   "firsts steps outside"

They even start eating meating as you can see in the video belong!

Don't hesitate to go see them !

 

A new species in the Australian bush

Since several weeks, a new species of Wallabies are in the Kangaroos' enclosure.

The Agile wallabies are easy to recognise because of the beautiful sand colour and the 2 white stripes on their cheeks.

 

Right now, Biotropica is the only French zoo which presents this species and there is only 4 others zoos in europe where you can find it!
 

A baby sloth, one teddy bear and 6 humane "mummys"


 

After the first birth in 2015, nobody expected another baby so soon. A tiny baby sloth was found in a tree on a morning of november 2016. but because the female was taking care of the first born, she didn't take care of the newborn. In a sloth life, every effort is counted!
 

Birth of sloth are really really rare in captivity, that's why we decided to hand rear the little baby, after several attempt to make him readopted by its mother.
 

The teddy bear : one infallible technique !!!

In the wild, a baby sloth spent the 10 firt months of its life on the belly of its mother.
So we find an adoptive mother for the little one in our shop !
5 others mothers (Jessica, Laëtitia, Léa, Lucille and Marina, our zookeepers) and 1 daddy (François, our vet) have taken turns to give 5 bottles of milk every day, from 7am to 10pm !!!
The milk was made especially for the little sloth : kitten milk mixed with fennel infusion.
The task was hard : babies sloth are really fragile and succes never sure.
 

 

A test of patience…
Giving a bottle to a newborn baby sloth is quite challenging…. always "so tired", the baby falls asleep several times during only one bottle… which can last one hour… for only few milliliters…..
 

 

Discovering new food and new home
After one week, we introduce the first vegetable : baked carrot. Immediate success !!!
During the following weeks, we gave to it : overcooked rice, puffed rice soaked in milk, potatoes, sweetpotatoes, peas, fennel, chicory, celery, spinach….

After 2 month, baby sloth weight now 700g and stay really fragile, so everything is made to make it confortable and safety… Starting with its teddy bear which is a bed (baby sloth sleeps 21h a day!!), a restaurant, a playground, and a security blanket.
Don't tell it, it's a secret, but 2 teddy bears takes turn in order to stay clen all the time !!!

A name for this baby sloth
After several weeks of voting on facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/biotropicaennormandie/ ) baby sloth has now a name !!!
Its name is Flash, the same name of the sloth star of Zootopia !
 
The two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus)
The two-toed sloth are mammals from the Xenarthra family (which include anteaters and armadillos).
We only find them in the Amazonian forest.
They are directly touched by the deforestation that fragment and destroy their habitats.
They eat mostly leaves and some fruits and flowers. The leaves are really hard to digest, so the sloth have a really slow metabolism comparing to the other mammals. And so they poo only once a week !!!
By now, there is approximatively 200 sloth in european zoos, and only 18 in France, now 4 in Biotropica, which is the only french zoo reproducing the sloth!!
Every baby is important !!

You can see here a video made by french tv :

 

 

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