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Buffalo Zoo bids farewell to two animals from M&T Bank Rainforest Falls


Wed, May 9th 2018 04:35 pm
Last week, the Buffalo Zoo said goodbye to Delilah, the 4-year-old giant anteater. This week, Nico the zoo's 1-year-old ocelot, also will depart.
Delilah, who came to Buffalo in 2015 from the Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach, Florida, left for the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island.
Nico, who was born at the Buffalo Zoo on Nov. 17, 2016, will be headed this week to the Hutchinson Zoo in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Both moves are part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's Species Survival Plan. The goal of all SSPs is to help ensure the survival of selected species in zoos and aquariums, most of which are threatened or endangered.
"We are proud to participate in SSP programs with so many species here at the Buffalo Zoo," Chief Conservation Officer Tiffany Vanderwerf said. "Both Nico and Delilah's genetics are very valuable to their respected populations, so it is important that AZA zoos work together to keep these species alive."
While the Buffalo Zoo is sad to see these two animals leave, staffers are confident and optimistic about the future: "We have been quite successful in the past with ocelot breeding," Vanderwerf said. "Ayla and Pedro, our breeding pair, have produced multiple offspring."
The Buffalo Zoo is also looking to bring a new female giant anteater to become a companion for its current male, Haji.
The Buffalo Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Grounds remain open for on hour after admission gates close. For more information, visit www.buffalozoo.org.

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