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New Animals This May

5/10/2013

Just in time for Mother’s Day a new serval kitten has made her debut at Zoo Boise.  Born on March 27, the kitten and mother serval have been living off exhibit in the Animal Health Complex. 

Starting today, both the mom and baby serval can be seen in the exhibit that is regularly home to the ocelots, which have temporarily been moved so that introductions can be made between the female and a new male. 

A pair of serval kittens born earlier in September -- named Scout and Mzuri -- can now be seen in the regular serval exhibit in the African Plains Exhibit.

Servals are native to the savannahs of Africa south of the Sahara.  They have tan fur with black spots and their large ears and long legs are their most distinguishing characteristics.  Both their long legs and acute hearing help them in catching rodents, small reptiles and birds.

Also today, an African white-backed vulture can now be seen by zoo visitors who ride on the Conservation Cruise.  White-backed vultures, an endangered species, are the most widespread vulture in Africa ranging from Ethiopia to South Africa.  Vultures are scavengers and play an important role in the ecosystem by feeding on carrion. 

Zoo Boise will celebrate the new serval kitten and the porcupette born in April with special pricing for Mother’s Day. On May 12, mothers and grandmothers will receive a discounted admission of $4.25 each and a complimentary ride on the Conservation Cruise.  Zookeepers will have special animal presentations and talks throughout the day highlighting incredible zoo mothers.

Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a national organization that supports excellence in animal care, conservation, education and science.  Located in Julia Davis Park, Zoo Boise is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily year round. For more information, see www.zooboise.org or call 384-4260.

Zoo Boise invites the community to “Keep Your World Wild” -- the zoo turns the act of visiting the zoo into a conservation action. 



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