Giant Jumping Rat Born at WCS’s Prospect Park Zoo
Jump on over and See This Endangered Malagasy Mammal
Before He Grows up!
Brooklyn, N.Y. – This as yet unsexed pup was born in April of this year. Dad Armand and mom Vonjy are keeping a close watch on the infant.
The Mom and Dad arrived at the Prospect Park Zoo in early January. They
are the first residents of the nocturnal wing in the Animal Adaptations
exhibit. When the pair gave birth, they received complete privacy by
covering the exhibit front and restricting human access to the holding
area. Each are first time parents.
These mammals are very endearing. The North American population is
quite small and this joint acquisition by Prospect and Bronx Zoos
significantly increases the North American population and raises the
profile of this endangered Madagascar mammal. The low birth rate, a
single birth once a year, accompanied by predation by feral dogs, adds
to the stresses on this species in the wild.
WCS in Madagascar
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has worked to save
Madagascar’s biodiversity for nearly 20 years. Through its projects and
partnerships, WCS is focused on protecting and managing a diversity of
wild places in Madagascar, including the country’s largest remaining
tract of rainforest, a quarter of its coastal forests, and its vast
coral reefs – the third largest coral reef system in the world.
Two of WCS’s most notable achievements in Madagascar have been the
design, establishment, and management of Masoala National Park and the
Makira Forest Protected Area – Madagascar’s two largest, contiguous
protected areas. Last June, WCS and the Government of Madagascar
announced a landmark agreement, where the government will offer for
sale more than nine million tons of carbon offsets to help safeguard
the Makira Forest. Proceeds from sales will protect the wildlife-rich
Makira, contribute to the economic well-being of people living around
the forest, and help fight global climate change.
Contact: Fran Hackett
718-265-3428Video Available Upon Request.
Park Zoo – $7 for adults, $4 for seniors 65 and older, $3 for kids
3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays,
and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm
daily, November through April. The Prospect Park Zoo is located at 450
Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. For further information,
call 718-399-7339 or visit www.prospectparkzoo.com.
The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places
worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education
and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife
parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change
attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans
living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is
essential to the integrity of life on Earth.