Spring is in the air at Terra Natura Benidorm with the first births of the season
started in Terra Natura Benidorm with the first births of the season. We just
welcomed the birth of a baby fox flying (Pteropus lylei), although the team of
veterinarians and zoo keepers hopes that the birth of 10 other offspring of
this species will arrive in the next weeks, as there are many females pregnant.
moment, we have a family of 29 flying foxes, 4 males, 3 females and 22 are
still not determined yet. The genus Pteropus hosts the largest bats in the
world. In the strategic framework of the species exchange programmes, it is
expected that in time the park will transfer some of these specimens to other
zoos belonging to the Iberian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, to enhance the
conservation of this species which It´s not especially threatened, but it is
included in Annex II of the CITES treaty, because its populations are being
affected by the degradation and deforestation of their natural habitat due to
the action of human beings.
explosion of births in the park does not end in this species. The prairies of
Terra Natura Benidorm have witnessed the arrival of 26 mouflon babies (Ovis
musimon), and shortly is expected the birth of two other more. The group of
babies remains in the grasslands of the European area under the close
supervision of their mothers, who do not stop protecting them and will provide
them with the necessary food until their emancipation.
of births will also take place in the aviary. Specifically, the pair of teros
(Vanellus chilensis) has placed 4 eggs in its nest that will likely hatch this
week. It is the second time now. The case of the storks is very similar, they
have already nested and are hatching their eggs, and the keepers believe that
the chicks will be born soon.
effects of spring not only materialize in births, even the behaviours of
animals also vary and change. This is the case of the macaws, that have started
the rituals of courtship grooming each other and exchanging delicate gifts such
as juicy pieces of food or even branches to make the future nest.
Asian elephants have start to take their first baths of the season in their
ponds to cool off. The pachyderms plunge into the pond and hit the water with
their huge trunks, splashing around as a game and entertainment.