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Conservation

Bali Mynah

The Bali Mynah or Leucopsar rothschildi as known as Jalak Bali is a critically endangered bird because of habitat destruction by deforestation, illegal cage-bird trade, poaching, and nest site competition with other Mynah’s such as the Black-winged Starling. Bali Safari and Marine Park is at the front line of conservation and breeding program of many animal species, including Bali Mynah. As a member of Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, Bali Safari and Marine Park has successfully released more than 30 Bali Mynah back to their own habitat. Located at Lobby Barong near Fresh Water Aquarium, visitors are able to see this beautiful snow-white bird.

White tiger cub

Bali Safari and Marine Park is proud to welcome its new addition to the collection. The white tiger is simply a color mutation that produces a species which is rare in the wild, but widely bred in zoos due to its popularity.

White tigers were first recorded in the early nineteenth century. They can only occur when both parents carry the rare gene found in white tigers; this gene has been calculated to occur in only one in every 10,000 births. Thus, white tiger is not a separate sub-species, but only a color variation. Since the white tigers that have been observed in the wild have been Bengal tigers (and all white tigers in captivity are at least part Bengal), it is commonly believed that the recessive gene that causes the white pigment is carried only by Bengal tigers.

A misconception is that white tigers are in no way more endangered than common tigers are. When Breeding white tigers care must be taken as when this is done without controlled breeding the result will often lead to inbreeding, (as the trait is recessive). Such inbreeding has led to white tigers having a greater likelihood of being born with physical defects, such as cleft palates and scoliosis (curvature of the spine).Furthermore, white tigers are prone to having crossed eyes (a condition known as strabismus). Even apparently healthy white tigers generally do not live as long as their orange counterparts. The reasons for this are yet known. For this reason Bali Safari and Marine Park only breed these animals after they carefully selected the best two animals to breed from. Although these rare tigers will not be released back into the wild, the Taman safari group has an on going project to release Sumatran tigers back into the wild. They treat these animals like the white tigers to draw attention to the plight of these fantastic cats and to educate their guests about not only the fight they have for servile but also to show every one that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Hippo calf

Bali safari and Marine Park’s newest addition has kept the keepers guessing for the past three weeks whether it’s a male or female. They have left the mother and the calf alone to spend some time to bond so they weren’t able to see it until very recently. Every time the staff tries to sneak a look at the new arrival it would run back into the water. Now they can finally say it’s a male calf after one of the staff were able to get a close look at the calf.

The calf was born on May 23, and will be introduced to the rest of the hippo family, but first the staffs at the Bali Safari and Marine Park want to make sure that the little calf is healthy.

Hippos are one of the few mammals that give birth under water, like manatees and dugongs. Newly born baby hippos weigh between 25 and 45 kg (60–110 lb) and an average length of 127 cm (50 in) and must swim to the surface to take their first breath. A female typically gives birth to only one hippo, although twins also occur. Young calves often rest on their mothers' backs in deep water, and they swim underwater to suckle. Weaning starts between six and eight months after birth and most calves are fully weaned after a year. Things are going well so far and the mother and calf should be ready to be on display by October.

Deer from Monkey Forest

Staff from the Bali Safari and Marine Park recently helped the management of the deer at the Monkey Forest in Ubud, capturing and crating half the amount of the deer, moving them to the Bali Safari and Marine Park.

This was not an easy task as they needed to winch the crates up a very steep bank to the truck. The Bali Safari and Marine Park keepers worked all day long to move these deer. They had been asked for to help with the over population of the deer. These deer will first undergo a quarantine and then be introduced to the rest of the deer family at the Bali Safari and Marine Park.