Prague Zoo gets Nubian giraffe for breeding

A seven year old named Nsia is a good genetic match for the zoo's male Johann

Prague Zoo has a new female giraffe named Nsia. The seven year old Nubian giraffe comes from Marwell Zoo in England. The reason the female was relocated was because it did not have a suitable breeding partner. Prague Zoo has a male named Johan who is genetically a good match.

“Nsia, together with the female Fara and male Johan should in the future form the main basis of our breeding group of northern Nubian giraffes,” zoo director Miroslav Bobek said on the zoo website.

Nsia left her home April 11 in the morning and arrived at Prague Zoo on April 12 at 3 pm, and the 1,500 km trip was without incident. Nsia has been getting acquainted with her new surroundings and has so far been cooperative. She has been meeting her fellow giraffes as well by sniffing them. Fara was most curious about the newcomer. Fara same from Switzerland in 2009.

Zoo visitors can already see Nsia in the pavilion, and soon she will be in the outdoor enclosure.

In the history of Prague Zoo, there have been 82 Nubian giraffes born in the past 47 years. Nsia is the ninth female to come from another zoo. All the other breeding females were born at the zoo. Northern Nubian giraffes are among the most endangered subspecies of giraffe. In the wild they live in Uganda and Kenya. Their numbers are estimated to be around 2,500 animals.

Prague Zoo was ranked the fourth-best in the world by users of the travel site TripAdvisor in July 2015, beaten only by zoos in San Diego, California; Puerto de la Cruz, Spain; and Singapore.

Prague Zoo had a particularly successful year in 2016, reaching 1.4 million visitors for the first time in one year. Aside from two baby elephants born in 2016, one of which just had a birthday, other births last year included an aardvark, giraffe, a viper, a rare giant rat and a rare African openbill. The zoo saw a total of 1,191 juveniles in 223 species. The zoo also has been drawing crowds to see rare lions that it acquired at the end of 2015.

Already in 2017 several animals have been born including seven smooth otters in January. It was the first birth of this breed in a zoo on the continent of Europe. Previously they only bred in Europe in the UK.

Prague Zoo opened in 1931. It currently covers 58 hectares with 50 hectares used for exhibits. It has over 4,700 animals from 681 species, including 144 species listed as threatened. The zoo has 12 pavilions and over 150 exhibits. It has been particularly active in the preservation of the Przewalski's horses, which are slowly being returned to the wild.

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