Baby boom and new inhabitants in Orsa

Feb 12th, 2018 | By | Category: Orsa

12.2.2018 – Source: Orsa Predator Center, Photos by Johanna Berglund

There is a baby boom in Orsa Predator Center. In addition to all the births two new animals, important to the species, have moved into the park. One of them is a new polar bear Hope. Recently, the park has also received a new snow leopard. We have told about Hope in a separate article so now I have the great pleasure of introducing Bhavani.

The snow leopard, named Bhavani, was born June 7, 2016 in Green Zoo Wuppertal in Germany, says Johanna Berglund. There were a total of three snow leopard cubs, and Bhavani is the first to leave and move to another park! Before moving, Bhavani was trained to stay in the transport box so there would be no problems when it was time. The journey to Orsa went very well, and even faster than planned.

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Bhavani is currently living in the Leopard Center, in a backyard and stables, where she is acclimatizing with the new environment and the keepers.

When Bhavani has finished her ‘introduction period’ she will be together with the male Shan. There are two enclosures for the snow leopards. Right now Shan can go either in the lower or in the upper lawn and Bhavani will stay on the top level of the enclosure. Later they can choose where they prefer to stay.

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The move of Bhavani is a part of the European conservation program for snow leopards, where Green Zoo Wuppertal participates. In this program, the zoo parks of the European Zoo Association work together to raise and preserve this threatened species. Orsa Predator Center also supports the Snow Leopard Trust organization, which works to investigate and protect the rare and threatened snow leopards in the wild.

Baby Boom

There have been several happy family news from different enclosures in Orsa.

The keepers in the park have with great curiosity and excitement followed the pregnant Zaria in the so called Tiger Mountain.

Mother Zaria was born in 2010 i Port Lympne Animal Park i Storbritannien. She came to Orsa in 2016.

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Papa Yegor was born in 2008 in Amersfoort i Holland. He arrived in Orsa in 2010.

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A few days after the estimated date of birth we could both see and hear the kids. It was a fantastic experience. On January 25, we managed to distract the mother for a while, to enter the space where they live. It went very well, we could make a health control, chip mark and decide the gender of them. It turned out to be one of every sex and the kids were in very good condition. The births themselves took place on January 17th.

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On the 7th of February both kids have opened their eyes and are still doing fine! Zaria takes good care of them. She is with them all day washing and nursing them. Soon they may begin to discover the surroundings themselves and move to a view where you can see them! They’re growing fast and we’ll keep you updated, Johanna says.

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In another report from Orsa we’ve presented the sweet Persian leopard cubbie that now has a name Janga.

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Mamma Soraya doesn’t let anybody approach her little treasure!

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We also know one of our brown bears Mette has given birth to at least one cub. They are, of course, still hibernating but we’re looking forward to meet the mother and her cub/s in the Spring.

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Orsa Predator Center is a real Winter Wonderland – here are a couple of impressions:

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  1. Dear Mervi,
    thank you for the news from Orsa. We met Bhavani in the zoo Wuppertal. I think she will be happy in the cold Orsa.
    The tiger cubs are very sweet, the Persian leopard cub us very sweet too. It is great that Mette gave the birth to a cub.

  2. Dear Mervi and Johanna
    Orsa always produces a great start to the week. To see so many happy families of the great cats is a
    real treat.
    Mette is keeping her secret until Spring. We can be sure that Orsa will let us all know when the time comes.

  3. Liebe Mervi,

    das sind wunderbare Bilder und gute Nachrichten aus Orsa.
    Die Jungtiere sind allerliebst und in dieser herrlichen Schneelandschaft am richtigen Platz.
    Im Frühjahr freue ich mich auf die ersten Bilder von Mettes Babybär.

    Dir und Johanna Berglund vielen Dank für die vielen Infos und tollen Bilder!
    Herzliche Grüße

  4. Dear Mervi and Johanna!
    Thank you for introducing the new inhabitants and newborns in Orsa to us. That was a delightful start into the week!

    Bhavani is a beauty! As a snow-leopard she will probably love her new surroundings – and hopefully her new mate Shan. Good to know her transport from Wuppertal to Orsa went smoothly.

    The tiger couple Zaria and Yegor look wonderful in the snow. Their kittens are sweet as candy and I wish them a happy, healthy and long life.

    I fell head over heels in love as well with Soraya´s little one Janga. She is simply adorable and it is quite understandable Soraya is keeping her under careful observation.

    All the best for Mette and her cub(s) too. We have to take it as it comes and will be ready for surprises in spring…


  5. Liebe Mervi,

    sind das mal wieder schöne Bilder aus Orsa. Und dann noch so süßer Nachwuchs.

    Bhavani wird sich sicher im Orsa-Paradies richtig wohlfühlen.

    Die beiden kleinen Tigerchen sind auch herzallerliebst. So klein sieht man sie selten.

    Aber auch die persischen Leoparden im Schnee sind sehr schön anzusehen. Und der kleine Zwerg mittendrin.

    Das war bestimmt eine große Überraschung und auch Freude, dass es auch bei Mette Nachwuchs gibt. Ich freue mich schon auf die Bilder, wenn man den Nachwuchs das erste Mal draußen sieht.

    Danke fürs Zeigen der vielen Niedlichkeiten.

    LIebe Grüße

  6. Liebe Mervi

    ich erinnere mich noch gut an den Wurf aus Wuppertal. 🙂
    Ludmila hat hier auch Bilder aus dem grünen Zoo gezeigt.
    Ich denke, Bhavani hat in Orsa das große Los gezogen! 🙂
    Die kleinen Tiger sind ja herrlich, ebenso die jungen Leo-
    parden. Orsa hat viel zu bieten für uns Katzen-Liebhaber.
    Die Bärchen schlafen dem Frühling entgegen. 🙂

    Herzliche Grüße
    Chris 🙂

  7. The pictures of the snow leaopard look like paintings. Very beautiful this guy or girl!

    I take tigers for being especially beautiful animals and to see them (the beautiful color of their fur) in the white and thick snow is magnificant! . . Mother tiger looks very relaxed so short after having given birth to a pair of tiger cubs . . .

    The PErsian Leopard cub between its parents(?) is too cute! Fantasti photo of the protecting mother and the innocent looking baby! . . And baby in nature looks like coming right out of a fairytale book 🙂

    Looking forward to meeting also the brown bears with cubs via your pictures and reports soon in spring . . .

    Good to see also a bit of the landscape ehich is always impressing and sometimes provokes longing for width, fresh air and white snow and/or clear waters . . .

    Thanks to everybody who was involved in this report!, ORSA Predator Center, Johanna BERGLUND and MERVI . . .

  8. Liebe Mervi!

    Orsa ist wirklich ein wunderschöner Zoo und die Tiere fühlen sich dort so wohl. Danke für diesen Baby-Report. Die Katzchen können ja schon gut fauchen, dass sieht so lustig aus.

    Liebe Grüße, Erika

  9. Dear Mervi, wonderful pictures and good news.

    Hugs from Copenhagen

  10. Liebe Johanna und liebe Mervi,
    so niedlich die kleinen Kätzchen und das ist ein großer Zuchterfolg.
    Alles Gute für die Kleinen und vielen Dank für die Infos und schönen Bilder.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  11. Dear Mervi, as usual, wonderful news from Orsa. Baby leopard is well protected by mommy but actually already looking a bit feisty. And I have the feeling that the little tigers can produce a lot of noise. And now, we are all curious to know what sweet surprise(s) Mette has prepared for us.