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Meet the New Faces at Rabat’s National Zoo

Meet the New Faces at Rabat’s National Zoo

Rabat – Rabat National Zoological Garden is updating its roster of animals this November, enriching and diversifying its African animal collection.

Big ones, small ones, weird ones, and even legendary ones, the new animals at the zoo are making a buzz.

“African Savannah” leopards will join the variety of mammals in the zoo. This species dwells in a wide range of habitats within the continent, from mountainous forests to grasslands and savannahs.

“It is a species of the almost extinct cat family in North Africa that was once seen in the High Atlas Mountains and lives mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and the western Kalahari Desert in Namibia,” said the zoo in a statement.

Morocco’s iconic monkey, the Barbary macaque, has been added to the zoo’s picturesque animals.

The only native primate north of the Sahara, the Barbary macaque is in danger of extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Morocco has launched a campaign to save the endangered monkey species, as the IUCN warned that they may “disappear within 10 years.”

And for the grand finale, the zoo is welcoming for the first time the adorable and rare white lion.

A recessive gene gives white lions their unusual colors. It was widely believed that the species could not survive outside of captivity up until 2009, when the first pride of white lions was reintroduced to the wild. It is for this reason that a large part of the population of white lions now reside in zoos

Rabat’s zoo has also seen the birth of several animals, as part of the conservation strategy for endangered species.

The newborns consist of nine sheep with cuffs, eight bald ibis, seven dorcas gazelles, six barbarous deer, four catta lemurs, three servals and several other wild and exotic species.

The zoo added that these new births come to enrich the zoo’s collection of African fauna, bringing its total number of animals to around 2,000, living in biozones reproducing the original ecosystems of these species.

The veterinary and zootechnical teams of the zoo said that they are taking the necessary steps to ensure the acclimatization conditions of these newborns.

 

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