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Endangered apes in Berlin : Sterile - Ivo has to leave the Zoo

First, it sounds as if Berlin would deal with a well-known and popular Zoo animal unworthy: Gorilla male Ivo must leave the city. But since it is about the Surv

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Endangered apes in Berlin : Sterile - Ivo has to leave the Zoo

First, it sounds as if Berlin would deal with a well-known and popular Zoo animal unworthy: Gorilla male Ivo must leave the city. But since it is about the Survival of a species and valuable genetic reserves, appears to be the decision to understand. Nevertheless, More than a decade, Ivo was the head of the family in Berlin is the only Gorilla group. Now the animal leaves in the coming weeks, the capital. After 14 years in the Berlin Zoo silverback "Ivo", after all, already thirty years old, to Saarbrücken.

the Berlin Gorilla females of genetically valuable

According to the Zoos of Berlin, Ivo was on 29. Born January 1988, in Munich, and then came 2005 in the Zoo in the German capital. After "despite multiple ladies approaches for years, no young set" as the Zoo put it, the Gorilla-man 2015 thoroughly investigated. It turns out that Ivo is infertil.

Thus, the genetically valuable Berliner Gorilla females, however, can try for a baby, decided the Zoo Berlin, on the recommendation of the European endangered breeding programme (EEP), the male. With the Zoo of Saarbrücken is the ideal new home for Ivo. thus, the evaluation of the Zoo experts. There, the Gorilla, three Gorilla is no longer life-females, the age-related for young to worry and can.

Zoo gets new male

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In the coming weeks, but is now a different Gorilla males in the Zoo Berlin. The Western lowland gorilla females Djambala (17), Bibi (21) and Mpenzi (33) expect him then. In addition, the oldest Gorilla lady of the world in the Zoo of Berlin lives with Fatou (61).

Why Gorillas

are on the Red list "By the destruction of their habitat and the illegal hunting of Gorillas are threatened with extinction today. Each kitten born contributes significantly to the conservation of the entire species,“ explains Zoo and zoo Director, Dr. Andreas Knieriem.. According to the apes-protection organizations of smugglers and poachers threaten, for example, animals, because these penetrate, in spite of the strict prohibition in the national parks. In many regions, the exploitation of the soil added to this estimate, so that the habitat is destroyed. Poachers lay snares to catch small antelopes, however, in this Fall also Gorillas were then.

A further threat to the endangered animals such as lowland gorillas, one of which Ivo, the hunt is on. Because they are still killed for human consumption, even if this is prohibited by law. In addition, the Gorillas of the local hunters and farmers will be killed often, because they plunder the fields. A gorilla group can destroy the whole crop, and tells about "the mountain gorilla and Regenwals direct aid e. V.". Another Problem that concerns not only the Gorillas, is the progressive destruction of their habitat. The deforestation of the rain forests leads to the Isolation of small forest areas, are not able to leave the animals.

a Lack of young people is always a Problem

Zoos and animal parks in General, a great effort to hold animals as humanely as possible. Infertility or lack of fertility, or of the death of young animals and the lack of breeding behavior of animals is still a Problem.- also, because the living conditions do not correspond precisely to those in nature, to criticize animal rights activists.

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