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Babies Galore At Bali Safari & Marine Park

March 6, 2014 Attraction No Comments Email Email

Bali Safari & Marine Park has proudly added to its wildlife collection and welcomed some new faces with the successful births of a baby giraffe, an elephant calf and 2 lion cubs.

Tall, handsome and graceful is how most people describe him. The youngest member of the park’s giraffe family came into the world in the early morning on Thursday, 2nd January 2014. Weighing in at 65 kilograms and standing 2 metres in height, he is the tallest baby in the world. His birth was the first of its kind to take place on the island of Bali and he is one of only a few giraffes to be born in Indonesia.

The mother of this gentle giant is 4 year old Sofi who is part of the breeding program at Bali Safari & Marine Park. She gave birth after a 15 month gestation period and her baby was able to stand up within 1 hour of being born. Giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animal whereby adults can grow up to 5 to 6 meters in height and approximately 2 tons in weight.

After waiting 645 days or almost 22 months, Bali Safari & Marine Park once again proved that they are one of Indonesia’s leading wildlife facilities with the birth of yet another elephant calf on 22nd January 2014. Also arriving into the world in the early hours, this female baby elephant weighed in at a healthy 72 kilograms and is a fine addition to the herd that is housed at the park.

This young calf will eventually play a vital role in a breeding program with the aim to conserve of this endangered animal.

“Elephants as well as many other animals held at the Bali Safari & Marine Park are part of a planned breeding program that we conduct here. We are always careful to pair up the right male and the right female and as in the case with this new baby elephant, the planning is done years in advance,” comments Tim Husband, Animal Curator at Bali Safari & Marine Park.

Joining these youngsters were 2 new lion cubs born on 28th January 2014. They are steadily gaining weight and are growing strong on their mother Icha’s milk. The pair will soon receive their first physical examination by the veterinarian team of Bali Safari & Marine Park. These cubs are still to be named and the lion keepers will be watching them closely to choose names that best describe their individual characters.

“We are extremely proud of our lions. The park has the deepest gene pool of lions in Indonesia with 7 different blood lines. This means with careful management we will never have the problem of inbreeding,” Tim adds.

Tim Husband goes on to say, “The baby giraffe is fantastic and he is one of our finest exhibited animals. These newborns are amongst our many success stories and testament to Bali Safari & Marine Park’s continuous dedication and ongoing commitment to conservation and education. Breeding programs like this have enabled us to be listed as the only “A” class accredited park in Bali. It is not just the planned births of many animals, but also the care given by our vets and staff that makes us a leader in Bali. I believe that 2014 is going to be an interesting year at the park with many planned births taking place over the coming months.”

“We have named the baby giraffe Kuqala, which means ‘first born’ in Zulu. This was decided through a voting process via our Facebook fan page along with input from our keepers. We will run similar naming campaigns for other baby animals born under our breeding program,” comments William Santoso, General Manager of Bali Safari & Marine Park.

“The park is delighted to welcome these youngsters into our growing family of animals and we will continue to nurture them into adulthood as they bring hope to the future of wildlife conservation in Bali and Indonesia in general,” continues William.

Bali Safari & Marine Park as a renowned conservation and education institution is also committed to the continued support and growing the population of endangered animals in Indonesia. These include the Bali Mynah, Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Elephant, Banteng, Sun Bear, Binturong, Baby Russa, Asiatic Tapir, Orangutan, Komodo, Slow Loris, Green Peafowl and Electus Parrot just to name a few.

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