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Cloned endangered horse now calls San Diego Zoo Safari Park home

By city news service • published september 7, 2023 • updated on september 7, 2023 at 5:53 pm.

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is now home to the world's second successfully cloned Przewalski's horse, a critically endangered species previously considered extinct in the wild until 1996, it was announced Thursday.

The foal, born Feb. 17, 2023, and his surrogate mother, a domestic quarter horse, were recently moved from his birthplace at ViaGen Pets & Equine cloning facility in Texas so he can learn the language of being a wild horse from his own species, a statement from the zoo reads.

The foal was given the name "Ollie" in honor of Dr. Oliver Ryder, director of Conservation Genetics at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. Ryder began his career at the zoo in 1975 under the guidance of Dr. Kurt Benirschke, who was instrumental in founding the conservation research program at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.

"It is an honor to have studied and worked with so many others on the conservation of this special animal and to see come alive the possibility of using advanced genetic and reproductive technologies to sustain resilient populations in human care and in their native habitat," Ryder said.

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The world's first cloned Przewalski's horse, Kurt -- named after Benirschke and also living at the Safari Park -- is the genetic twin of Ollie, as he was born in August 2020 from the same stallion's living cell line. That cell line was cryopreserved more than 40 years ago in the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Biodiversity Bank's Frozen Zoo.

Formerly extinct in the wild, the species has survived for the past 40 years almost entirely in zoos, and nearly all of the surviving horses are related to just 12 Przewalski's horses born in native habitats, a zoo statement reads.

The species has since been reintroduced to its native grasslands in China and Mongolia, but scientists say there is more work to be done to ensure genetic variation and thus the species' survival.

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Przewalski's horses normally live in groups, where a youngster secures their place in the herd from their mother. Because Ollie was born to a domestic horse, he has not yet had experience with other Przewalski's horses.

" Eventually, San Diego Zoo Safari Park wildlife care experts will work to ensure he gains the unique behavioral language he will need to interact and thrive among the larger herd of Przewalski's horses at the Safari Park, including Kurt," a statement from the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance reads. "Kurt is currently learning the language of being a wild horse from his companion, Holly, a young female of his own species. The plan is for Kurt and Ollie to become breeding stallions when they reach maturity at about 4 years of age."

Ollie and his surrogate mother will temporarily live in a secluded, private habitat off view from guests, until he is ready to be introduced to other horses of the species.

Safari Park guests may see Kurt and Holly in the park's Central Asia field habitat.

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Safari Park welcomes 2 Sumatran tiger cubs in time for World Tiger Day

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On Thursday, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance announced the birth of two Sumatran tiger cubs — the first of the critically endangered species to be born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park's Tull Family Tiger Trail habitat in seven years.

The cubs, a female and male, were born July 12 to first-time mother Diana, with the announcement coming in time for Saturday's Global Tiger Day.

Wildlife care specialists are closely monitoring Diana and her cubs, and they report that Diana is an extremely attentive and gentle mother, according to the alliance, which said the cubs appeared strong and were nursing frequently.

"We are elated about the birth of these tiger cubs," said Lisa Peterson, executive director of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. "It has been years since we've had cubs at Tiger Trail, and we can't wait to share them with the community."

Kallie the tiger is shown relaxing in her enclosure at Lions, Tigers and Bears in Alpine in this undated photo.

There are an estimated 400 to 600 Sumatran tigers remaining on Earth, according to the zoo. They are listed as Critically Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.

"These births are so important to the conservation of this species," Peterson said. "Our hope is these cubs will provide an opportunity for our guests to gain a greater appreciation for tigers and the important need to conserve them in their native habitats."

Diana and her cubs will remain in her den for several weeks.

"This window of time is crucial, as it allows the youngsters to bond with and learn from their mother," zoo biologists said. "When Diana is ready, she will bring her cubs out of the den."

Wildlife care specialists estimate that will happen when the cubs are 8 to 10 weeks old.

According to the zoo, tigers face many challenges, including loss of habitat, challenges to human-wildlife coexistence and poaching. People can help protect tigers by avoiding products made with non-sustainable palm oil, an industry that harms tiger habitats; and by refusing to purchase items made from endangered wildlife.

Global Tiger Day is celebrated on July 29 to raise support for conservation.

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A newly-installed helicopter water tank at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is built for resilience in a newly uncertain climate.

The water tank, an 8,500-gallon Heli-Hydrant , was installed in a secluded area of the park in order to supplement existing water sources by providing an additional accessible water reserve for firefighting helicopters.

The tank’s technology includes solar-powered backup batteries and an automatic fill valve to enable pilots to remotely refill the tank during their approach.

The tank will also serve as a reliable supply of clean water, preventing the issue of firefighting helicopters getting clogged with debris and becoming inoperable at crucial moments. 

This expansion is particularly critical for areas west of Lake Sutherland , which previously had limited access to water resources for fire emergencies.

The Aerial Support to Regional Enforcement Agencies  tank was funded by California Assemblymember Brian Maienschein , in order to shore up the region’s wildfire response capabilities in Escondido and surrounding areas. 

“During my time in public office, I have witnessed the destructive impact wildfires can have on our region, such as the Cedar Fire that devastated East County and the community of Scripps Ranch 20 years ago,” said Maienschein in a statement.

“I am proud to continue to upgrade our resources to keep our communities safe. This Heli-Hydrant is an important asset that will help our first responders extinguish fires quickly.”

The tank is also the result of a collaborative effort between the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, regional fire departments, and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

“Conservation is a collective journey that starts with people, grows through community action, and culminates into meaningful change,” said Lisa Peterson , executive director for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “I am immensely proud of this collaborative triumph.”

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A new, innovative water tank that will help firefighting helicopters refill from the air was installed at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park to bolster the region’s wildfire response capabilities in Escondido and surrounding areas.

The project was a collaborative effort between the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, regional fire departments and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Situated in a secluded section of the Safari Park, the 8,500-gallon Heli-Hydrant will make emergency services much more agile and efficient by supplementing existing water sources, such as Lake Wohlford to the north and Lake Poway to the south, and providing another accessible reserve for firefighting helicopters.

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This expansion is particularly critical for areas west of Lake Sutherland, which previously had limited access to water resources for fire emergencies, according to officials.

The tank includes a hardwired control cabinet and is equipped with multiple solar-powered backup batteries for power outages.

An automatic fill valve will also allow for refilling it quickly as pilots approach and for leaving it empty for safety reasons when it is not in use.

“Conservation is a collective journey that starts with people, grows through community action, and culminates into meaningful change,” said Lisa Peterson, executive director for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “United by a swift and singular vision, our community made an important change that will shield both our neighborhoods and the local wildlife from the threat of wildfires for decades to come.”

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) — Veterinarians at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are providing geriatric care for one of the park's most famous animals, the silverback gorilla, Winston.

“Winston, at 52, is a really old gorilla. Most male gorillas live to 35 years," said the Director of Veterinary Services Matt Kinney.

Winston first came to the Safari Park in 1984, the second-oldest gorilla in the United States, where he quickly became a favorite of visitors who came to watch him lead the park's troop of Western Lowland gorillas.

However, in recent years, Winston has faced a series of challenges common to not just gorillas but also people who have lived a long life. Arthritis, dental problems, heart disease, and a tumor on a kidney have all slowed Winston down, even after surviving a bout with COVID-19 in 2021.

Zoo veterinarians work closely on Winston's care, including implanting a heart monitor that provides real-time data that can help lead to changes in medications and supplements.

“There’s no way that we’re able to predict if it’s weeks, months, or years," Kinney said. "But what is important to us is making sure that Winston is in great health and able to navigate his complex habitat, control his social troop, and make sure that he’s thriving under our care.”

Zoo officials told ABC 10News there is no plan currently completed for replacing Winston when he finally comes to the end of his long life. Two younger male gorillas who previously lived in the habitat have been moved to another location at the Safari Park after they began to challenge Winston within the troop.

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'Lonely' giraffe in Mexico begins long journey to new home

Benito the giraffe is fed before his long journey from Ciudad Juarez in northern Mexico to a safari park in the central state of Puebla

A "lonely" giraffe living in harsh conditions in northern Mexico is heading to a safari park to begin a new life after a campaign by animal rights activists.

The male giraffe named Benito began the roughly 2,000-kilometer (1,200- mile) journey on Sunday from Ciudad Juarez near the Mexican-US border to Africam Safari in the central state of Puebla.

According to the zoo management, he will live with other giraffes in conditions more similar to his natural habitat.

"It's important that Benito be in favorable conditions, in an enclosure where he can be with a controlled temperature, with all the food he needs," said Africam Safari director Frank Camacho.

"We're going to incorporate Benito in a very big herd, very heterogeneous, where there are adults and youngsters," he added.

The road trip , in a special trailer accompanied by a team of experts, is expected to take about 50 hours in total.

The move follows a campaign by conservationists who criticized the unsuitable living conditions in Ciudad Juarez, where the giraffe was at the mercy of extreme temperatures.

In mid-January, a judge ordered that Benito be sent to Puebla.

"Today's a very happy day for us," said Maria Ruiz Varela, a member of the "Let's Save Benito" campaign.

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"It's the culmination of almost nine months of hard work, trying to make the citizens aware, and asking the government to listen to our pleas, to let Benito go to a sanctuary, to a better place where he could have a good quality of life," she added.

The campaign won the backing of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a US-based animal rights group, which urged its supporters to "speak out for a lonely giraffe in Mexico."

It said that Benito had been living alone in a "trash-strewn enclosure lacking grass, shade, and appropriate shelter in a region that experiences extreme weather conditions ."

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Gangly adolescent giraffe Benito has a new home. Now comes the hard part — fitting in with the herd

Benito the 4-year-old giraffe has arrived at his new home, a large animal park in central Mexico

A truck carrying a giraffe named Benito arrives at the Africam Safari sanctuary on the outskirts of Puebla, Mexico, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

PUEBLA, Mexico -- A 4-year-old giraffe named Benito arrived Tuesday at his new home in a large animal park in central Mexico . Now starts the hard part for the gangly post-adolescent: fitting in with the other giraffes in the neighborhood.

The 7.5-acre (3-hectare) enclosure at the Africam Safari park in central Puebla state already has seven giraffes, including three females.

Benito, who was transferred following pressure from animal advocates, has spent the last year totally alone at a dusty city park in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez. As he enters adulthood, as with many species, he may have to quickly develop some social skills.

He currently is being held in a tall-roofed medical evaluation room at the park, after his 2,000 kilometer (1,200 mile) trip from Ciudad Juarez in a crate on the back of a flat-bed truck. The park wants to move him out to meet the rest of the herd as soon as possible, possibly within a couple of days.

“He has been alone for a long time, and it is going to take us a few days to introduce him to the rest of the herd,” said Frank Carlos Camacho, the director of the Africam Safari park. “But even so, we believe this is a very stable herd and that they will accept him.”

“It all depends on Benito, how he interacts with the herd,” he added.

Benito was seen on video sniffing around his new home and accepting a carrot from a park staff member Tuesday.

His new surroundings are a radical change.

In Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, Benito had little to do in his half-acre (0.2 hectare) enclosure; he ate a lot of alfalfa, a fodder usually given to cows.

In the border area's blazing hot summer, Benito had little shade, Photos showed him crouching to fit under a small, circular shade canopy. In the winter, ice sometimes formed in his enclosure's pond. There were few trees for him to munch on.

At the Africam park, Benito will start eating leaves from the acacia tree, one of the favorite food s of giraffes in their native habitat in Africa.

“Benito is going to be introduced to foods that are new to him, which are the ones his cousins in Africa eat,” said Camacho. “Even though Benito is not familiar with them, he's going to like them."

Giraffes reach sexual maturity around four years — Benito’s age, when many males separate from the herd and go looking for a mate — and can live to around 25.

“I am very pleased that Benito will be the next stud at Africam,” Camacho said.

The trip to the Africam Safari park, which started late Sunday, took around 30 hours, less than originally expected. The specially designed crate Benito was carried in was accompanied by a convoy of police, National Guard and media vehicles.

His transfer was achieved following a campaign by animal rights activists in Ciudad Juarez, where temperatures reached as low as 39 degrees F (4 degrees C) Sunday. They said the winter cold and summer sun, the small enclosure, diet and solitude just weren't fair for Benito.

Ana Félix, one of the leaders of the movement to get Benito a new home, said Benito's move was a victory that “we are going to continue celebrating for the next few days.”

But Félix notes that the job of animal activists isn't over: She wants to win a new home for Ely, an elderly former circus elephant held largely alone at a cement-ringed Mexico City zoo enclosure. The animal's strange, repetitive behaviors and downcast demeanor have earned earned her the informal title of "the saddest elephant in the world."

“We're going for Ely,” Félix said. “Let's support the activists, so that Ely can also get out of the confinement she is in now.”

Despite all his difficulties, Benito won many people's hearts in Ciudad Juarez.

“We’re a little sad that he’s leaving. but it also gives us great pleasure ... The weather conditions are not suitable for him,” said Flor Ortega, a 23-year-old who said she had spent her entire life visiting Modesto, another giraffe who was at the zoo for two decades before dying in 2022. Benito arrived there last May.

Benito originally came from a zoo in the much more temperate climate of Sinaloa, a state on Mexico’s northern Pacific coast. Benito couldn’t stay with the two other giraffes there because they were a couple, and zookeepers feared the male would become territorial and attack the younger Benito. So he was donated to Ciudad Juarez.

At the Africam Safari park, the giraffes live in a much larger space that more closely resembles their natural habitat. Visitors travel through the park in all-terrain vehicles to observe animals as if they were on safari.

At his new home, it will be almost like life will begin again for him, Camacho said. “He’s ready to be a giraffe,” he said. “He will reproduce soon, and contribute to the conservation of this wonderful species.”

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Gangly adolescent giraffe Benito has a new home. Now comes the hard part — fitting in with the herd

P UEBLA, Mexico (AP) — A 4-year-old giraffe named Benito arrived Tuesday at his new home in a large animal park in central Mexico. Now starts the hard part for the gangly post-adolescent: fitting in with the other giraffes in the neighborhood.

The 7.5-acre (3-hectare) enclosure at the Africam Safari park in central Puebla state already has seven giraffes, including three females.

Benito, who was transferred following pressure from animal advocates, has spent the last year totally alone at a dusty city park in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez. As he enters adulthood, as with many species, he may have to quickly develop some social skills.

He currently is being held in a tall-roofed medical evaluation room at the park, after his 2,000 kilometer (1,200 mile) trip from Ciudad Juarez in a crate on the back of a flat-bed truck. The park wants to move him out to meet the rest of the herd as soon as possible, possibly within a couple of days.

“He has been alone for a long time, and it is going to take us a few days to introduce him to the rest of the herd,” said Frank Carlos Camacho, the director of the Africam Safari park. “But even so, we believe this is a very stable herd and that they will accept him.”

“It all depends on Benito, how he interacts with the herd,” he added.

Benito was seen on video sniffing around his new home and accepting a carrot from a park staff member Tuesday.

His new surroundings are a radical change.

In Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, Benito had little to do in his half-acre (0.2 hectare) enclosure; he ate a lot of alfalfa, a fodder usually given to cows.

In the border area's blazing hot summer, Benito had little shade, Photos showed him crouching to fit under a small, circular shade canopy. In the winter, ice sometimes formed in his enclosure's pond. There were few trees for him to munch on.

At the Africam park, Benito will start eating leaves from the acacia tree, one of the favorite foods of giraffes in their native habitat in Africa.

“Benito is going to be introduced to foods that are new to him, which are the ones his cousins in Africa eat,” said Camacho. “Even though Benito is not familiar with them, he's going to like them."

Giraffes reach sexual maturity around four years — Benito’s age, when many males separate from the herd and go looking for a mate — and can live to around 25.

“I am very pleased that Benito will be the next stud at Africam,” Camacho said.

The trip to the Africam Safari park, which started late Sunday, took around 30 hours, less than originally expected. The specially designed crate Benito was carried in was accompanied by a convoy of police, National Guard and media vehicles.

His transfer was achieved following a campaign by animal rights activists in Ciudad Juarez, where temperatures reached as low as 39 degrees F (4 degrees C) Sunday. They said the winter cold and summer sun, the small enclosure, diet and solitude just weren't fair for Benito.

Ana Félix, one of the leaders of the movement to get Benito a new home, said Benito's move was a victory that “we are going to continue celebrating for the next few days.”

But Félix notes that the job of animal activists isn't over: She wants to win a new home for Ely, an elderly former circus elephant held largely alone at a cement-ringed Mexico City zoo enclosure. The animal's strange, repetitive behaviors and downcast demeanor have earned earned her the informal title of "the saddest elephant in the world."

“We're going for Ely,” Félix said. “Let's support the activists, so that Ely can also get out of the confinement she is in now.”

Despite all his difficulties, Benito won many people's hearts in Ciudad Juarez.

“We’re a little sad that he’s leaving. but it also gives us great pleasure ... The weather conditions are not suitable for him,” said Flor Ortega, a 23-year-old who said she had spent her entire life visiting Modesto, another giraffe who was at the zoo for two decades before dying in 2022. Benito arrived there last May.

Benito originally came from a zoo in the much more temperate climate of Sinaloa, a state on Mexico’s northern Pacific coast. Benito couldn’t stay with the two other giraffes there because they were a couple, and zookeepers feared the male would become territorial and attack the younger Benito. So he was donated to Ciudad Juarez.

At the Africam Safari park, the giraffes live in a much larger space that more closely resembles their natural habitat. Visitors travel through the park in all-terrain vehicles to observe animals as if they were on safari.

At his new home, it will be almost like life will begin again for him, Camacho said. “He’s ready to be a giraffe,” he said. “He will reproduce soon, and contribute to the conservation of this wonderful species.”

Workers prepare Benito the giraffe for transport at the city-run Central Park Zoo in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024. After a campaign by environmentalists, Benito left Mexico's northern border and its extreme weather conditions Sunday night and headed for a conservation park in central Mexico, where the climate is more akin to his natural habitat and already a home to other giraffes. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)

Torrential rain, flash flooding sweep through San Diego: Photos capture destruction

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Residents were left picking up the pieces after torrential rain caused flash floods to sweep through San Diego on Monday, the Southern California city's fourth-wettest day in 175 years.

The National Weather Service in San Diego recorded 2.75 inches of rainfall Monday in the coastal city that typically sees just over two inches throughout the entire month of January.

San Diego firefighters and lifeguards conducted 24 rescues from the San Diego and Tijuana rivers and hundreds more from homes and cars. No fatalities have been reported from the flooding thus far, according to a post from the  San Diego Fire Department  on X.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria declared a state of emergency in the city and San Diego County due to the rainfall and flash flooding. The Red Cross opened a school and recreation center as shelters for people affected by the flooding.

The NWS in San Diego on Tuesday forecasted warmer weather and sunnier conditions by late in the week: "After an active start to the week, things will quiet down nicely."

Daily weather forecast: Heavy rains bring flash flooding threat to South, freezing rain, snow in Midwest forecast

Photos: Flash floods cause damage, destruction in San Diego

Contributing: Ahjané Forbes, USA TODAY.

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park adds new water tank for wildfire aid

SAN DIEGO — A newly installed water tank at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is aiming to help first responders during wildfires to Escondido and surrounding areas, animal officials said.

An 8,500 gallon helicopter water tank, located in a secluded section of the safari park, will provide an additional accessible water reserve to existing water sources like Lake Wohlford to the north and Lake Poway to the south, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance said last week in a press release.

“During my time in public office, I have witnessed the destructive impact wildfires can have on our region, such as the Cedar Fire that devastated East County and the community of Scripps Ranch 20 years ago,” said California Assemblymember Maienschein, who is funding the strategic tank. “I am proud to continue to upgrade our resources to keep our communities safe. This Heli-Hydrant is an important asset that will help our first responders extinguish fires quickly.”

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The tank is equipped with a hardwired control cabinet, multiple solar-powered backup batteries, an automatic fill valve and a reliable supply of clean water, according to officials.

Lisa Peterson, an executive director for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, emphasized the importance of conservation.

“Conservation is a collective journey that starts with people, grows through community action, and culminates into meaningful change. United by a swift and singular vision, our community made an important change that will shield both our neighborhoods and the local wildlife from the threat of wildfires for decades to come. I am immensely proud of this collaborative triumph,” Peterson said.

The addition of the water tank will also serve areas west of Lake Sutherland, which has had limited access to water resources for fire emergencies.

For the latest news, weather, sports, and streaming video, head to FOX 5 San Diego.

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Benito, the most famous giraffe in Mexico, finally arrived Tuesday morning at Africam Safari, a large conservation park in Central Mexico that will be his new home. (Jan. 23) (AP Video: Lissette Romero/Production: Marissa Duhaney)

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West Midland Safari Park: Baby rhino's first moments with mum

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CCTV has recorded the moment a baby southern white rhino was born at a safari park.

The female calf, who arrived during the night at West Midland Safari Park in Bewdley, Worcestershire, has been given the African name Malaika, meaning angel.

She is the sixth baby white rhino to be born there in the last eight years. The park said it marked another success for its involvement in a European breeding programme, conserving threatened species.

According to the attraction, southern white rhinos are classed as "near threatened" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with about 16,000 remaining.

The park added the population of white rhinos had recovered greatly since almost becoming extinct in the early 1900s, but despite being "somewhat of a conservation success story", they were the subspecies most threatened by poaching.

Mother Keyah, 15, was "doing a fantastic job of caring for the newborn with older brother Jumani eager to meet his little sister".

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