Phoenix, El Paso zoos trade tortoises, which could help save a species
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all wins casino Centralia The Phoenix Zoo will say goodbye this week to Ralph, a 100-year-old Galapagos tortoise who has been with the zoo since it opened in 1962. In exchange, Elvis will be coming from the El Paso Zoo on a mission to help make baby tortoises.
https://cheharvey.com/13-cat/casino_11.html With a name like Elvis, zoo officials “can’t help falling in love” with their new arrival, who is said to have a similar temperament to Ralph, according to reptile animal curator Drew Foster. But the zoo will always have a “burning love” for Ralph.
Encantado 247spin online “I think he’s touched so many people’s lives, and we’re aware of that,” Foster said.
Foster, who has worked at the Phoenix Zoo for five years, shared fond memories of Ralph on Monday, saying one of his favorite family photos is with the tortoise.
“I’d say the best thing about Ralph is, with his personality, … he has served as an ambassador,” Foster said. “So many people have learned about tortoises through him and have developed more of a fascination and appreciation for tortoises through him.”
Foster expects Ralph to have a smooth transition at his new home in El Paso, saying the tortoise has learned a lot about people after being in managed care for so long.
He will be escorted to El Paso by his primary keeper and the reptile-area collection manager. He will become a companion animal for another tortoise, named Mr. Potato Head.
For the good of tortoise-kind
Elvis, a 65-year-old Galapagos tortoise of the subspecies Chelonoidis nigra vicina, or Iguana Cove, will join Lola, a 27-year-old Galapagos tortoise of the same subspecies already at the Phoenix Zoo. The zoo hopes the two will breed, creating purebred tortoises of their subspecies, which is considered endangered.
The exchange satisfies a species survival plan from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which recommends actions to help zoos and conservation organization manage their species and create sustainable animal populations.
It’s not that Ralph is too old, Foster said. He could end up living more than 150 years and be capable of breeding just as long. But Ralph isn’t of the same subspecies, he said.
“As conservation institutions and organizations, AZA zoos have an obligation to protect animals and work to preserve them,” Foster said. “This is really in step and in line with that mission.”
Building a new habitat
The Phoenix Zoo plans to construct a new tortoise habitat in 2017 featuring three separate spaces, which will allow two separate subspecies to be housed together and will provide an area for the females to rest, Foster said.
Plans for the new habitat include an air-conditioned holding space for the tortoises, who typically spend the majority of their time outside in the sun, Foster said.
The largest tortoises in the world, Galapagos tortoises can exceed 5 feet long and reach 500 pounds, according to National Geographic.
Living a life of sun basking and grazing on grass, leaves and cactus, the tortoises spend many hours of the day napping.
Though the entire species is not listed as endangered, Foster said that as a whole, they’re vulnerable.
“They’re all in danger of being lost,” Foster said. “Elvis and Lola are even closer to that and that makes this breeding recommendation and our plan more important”