About 70% of the animals under the care of the Brasília Zoo were rescued. According to data from the National Wildlife Management System (Sisfauna), until April this year, 523 birds, mammals, reptiles, among other animals, lived in the Zoo, 336 of which were recovered after being abandoned, mistreated or simply orphaned.
The Fauna Management supervisor at the Brasília Zoo, Gabriel Campanati Vicentini, says that the puma named Loki arrived at the Zoo in 2018, with a serious case of pneumonia, after being found in an area near Lake Corumbá IV and taken to the Samambaia Military Police post.
“She required 24/7 care and also needed oxygen. It was about two weeks in this routine,” she says.
Today, the biologist guarantees that the feline is 100% healthy, but he did not join his fellow species in the exhibition part because of the difficulties of socialization. Therefore, she remains in the area of the Veterinary Hospital. “Felines, in general, are solitary animals. Let’s say the saint didn’t hit between Loki and the other three pumas,” he explains. This August, Loki will be 4 years old.
Another rescued animal that is part of the Zoo’s painting is the marsh deer Dudu, now almost 2 years old. The deer was rescued inside a farm, in Lucas do Rio Verde (MT), when it was only 2 months old. He was welcomed by residents, especially a teenager, known as Dudu. For this reason the animal gained such a nickname.
An orphan, Dudu reached the veterinary wing of breastfeeding age. He was given goat’s milk – the closest available food to that produced by the species. Today, the marsh deer feeds on fruits, vegetables and feed.
The deer is part of the Species Conservation Program. Because of this, the responsible team tries to approach Dudu with Anita – female, born in captivity – for the breeding of the species.
Gabriel says that the training received by Dudu since he arrived at the Zoo allows caregivers to collect blood and stain the animal’s hooves. “A biologist, a caregiver and a veterinarian arrive to collect biological material and carry out tests. while a [biólogo] feeds Dudu, the other [veterinário] apply the syringe”, he said.
Four caregivers, a biologist, three veterinarians and the nutrition director, responsible for the entire zoo, work at the zoo’s veterinary hospital. In addition to collecting biological material for studies, worms, vaccines and routine exams are applied.
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