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Archive for December 2016

They’re Here!!

After 3 long years of work (for lack of a better word) we are thrilled to announce the arrival of our 3 Rhino to Altina! Mtoto (Male from New Zealand), Tatu (Female from Germany) and Mango (Female from Australia Zoo) are part of a global breeding initiative. With the Rhino population plummeting Altina is keen…

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Zebra

Plains Zebra (Equus burchelli)  Habitat: Plains Zebras are naturally found in East, S.W. and Southern Africa. They inhabit open, grassy plains or well-grassed woodlands and at times can also inhabit mountain slopes up to 4,420m. Description: The plains zebra is mid-sized and thick bodied with relatively short legs. Adults of both sexes stand about 1.4 meters high…

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White Rhino

Southern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum)  Habitat: White Rhinoceros can be found in tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas an shrub lands in Botswana (re-introduced), Kenya (introduced, Namibia (re-introduced), South Africa, Swaziland (re-introduced), Zambia (introduced), Zimbabwe (re-introduced). Description: White Rhinos skin varies in shades of grey. Males can weigh from 1.8 – 2.5 Tonne with females being slightly…

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Waterbuck

Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)  Habitat: Waterbuck inhabit areas that are close to water in savanna grasslands, gallery forests and riverine woodlands south of the Sahara in southern & eastern Africa (including countries such as Botswana, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Nambia and South Africa). Such habitats not only provide sustenance but long grasses and watery…

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Wapiti

Wapiti/Canadian Elk (Cervus canadensis)  Habitat: Canadian Elk/Wapiti can be found in coastal forests, alpine meadows, dry desert valleys, and snowy mountain ridges; North America: Mountains from north-central British Columbia to South Western United States. Description: Wapiti are light brown with dark faces, necks and legs. They have a creamy-coloured rump patch with stubby tail. A…

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Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii)  Habitat: Tasmanian Devils are widespread in Tasmania and live in open Sclerophyll forests and mixed rainforests. They make their dens in hollowed logs, old wombat burrows and caves. Description: The Devil has a thick-set, squat build with a relatively large, broad head and short, thick tail. The fur is mostly or…

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Spotted Hyena

Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)  Habitat: Spotted Hyena are found in Africa in countries such as Chad, Sudan, Angola, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. They prefer grasslands inhabited by their herbivorous (plant-eating) prey. They also occupy woodlands and semi-deserts and prefer to sleep in dens. Description: Spotted Hyena can weigh up to 70kg but average between 45-55kg with…

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Scottish Highland Cattle

Scottish Highland Cattle (Bos taurus)  Habitat: Scottish Highland Cattle have lived for centuries in the rough and rocky terrain in the remote Scottish highlands. The extremely harsh conditions created a process of natural selection, where only the fittest and most adaptable animals survived to carry on the breed. Highland cattle can now be found in Europe,…

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Scimitar Horned Oryx

Scimitar Horned Oryx (Oryx dammah)  Habitat: Scimitar Oryx or Scimitar-Horned Oryx originated in the Northern African countries of Egypt, Senegal and Chad. They inhabited arid plains and deserts and to a lesser extent, rocky hillsides and thick brush. Description: Both male and female Oryx have curved horns that can grow between 100-125cm in length. These Oryx…

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Rusa Deer

Rusa Deer (Cervus timorensis)  Habitat: Rusa Deer are Native to South East Asia,  Indonesia, Lesser Sunda Islands and Timor Island. They are usually found in deciduous forests, plantations and grasslands. Description: Rough greyish brown coat and is often coarse in appearance. The ears are broad and slightly rounded. The legs are relatively short, giving this…

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