We Support- Henry Vilas Zoo​

As supporters of the Henry Vilas Zoo we are happy to share their latest news article!  The zoo is looking for donations to welcome three new sets of animals in 2015.   

MADISON (WKOW) — Dane County’s Henry Vilas Zoo announced plans Monday morning to get three new sets of animals zoo home in 2015.

 

They are a pair of red pandas, grizzly bear sisters and two Somali wild asses.

 

“Each of these sets of animals represent an important part of the zoo’s contribution to conservation efforts around the world, in addition to enhancing the experience of our zoo guests,” said County Executive Joe Parisi.? The two new red pandas, threatened in the wild, would be paired with the two red pandas already at the zoo. Somali wild asses are critically endangered, so providing a safe place for a population of these animals in zoos is one crucial part of the worldwide effort to save the species. The grizzly bear sisters coming to the zoo were orphaned in the wild due to the conflicts between humans and grizzly bears, leaving them no place to go other than an AZA-accredited zoo. The zoo made the announcement about the new animals on the eve of its Giving Tuesday campaign, when it asks the community to help raise the funds needed to welcome these new animals. Last year on Giving Tuesday, the Friends of the Henry Vilas Zoo raised more than $10,000, which allowed the zoo to bring in Pelo, a young male lion, to join the lioness, Shakura.

Original Article here 

 

 

UPDATE: December 3, 2014

Three sets of animals will be making a new home at Henry Vilas Zoo in 2015, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi revealed in a press release Monday.

 

The animals include a pair of red pandas, two Somali wild asses and grizzly bear sisters. Parisi made the announcement in partnership with Zoo Director Ronda Schwetz and Friends of the Zoo Director Alison Prange.

“Each of these sets of animals represent an important part of the zoo’s contribution to conservation efforts around the world, in addition to enhancing the experience of our zoo guests,” Parisi said.

 

Somali wild asses are a critically endangered species with fewer than 600 animals living in the wild. The new addition to Vilas Zoo will make it one of nine institutions in the world that house such a beast, according to the release.

 

The Somali wild ass is also the rarest wild relative to the domesticated horse. The species is commonly hunted for food and its medicinal value.

 

The new grizzly bears were removed from Montana after their mother and grandmother became a threat to humans and livestock. Because Henry Vilas is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoo, it can house the bears in its new Arctic Passage.

 

The red pandas, one of the most popular species at the zoo, are named Lum and Tai. They live in the Himalayas and are threatened due to deforestation.

 

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