T.A. Walker

 
T.A. Walker

PHOTOS: Wild Asses Hit West Palm

I love this story because I get to type "Wild Asses"!   Check out the latest happenings at Lion Country Safari.

One of the most endangered species at Lion Country Safari, the Kulan (also known as Asiatic Wild Ass), has produced eight foals in just over two months. Three females and five males were born in the drive-through preserve, with the most recent birth on April 30, 2014. The moms and their offspring are thriving on safari.

Due to poaching and habitat loss in the wild, Kulan have declined in population by more than 50% over the past 15 years.  It’s estimated the decline will continue reducing the population by an additional 50% over the next decade or two. Currently, there are just over 8,000 in the wild.

 

At birth, Kulans weigh around 40 pounds (18 kg), but as adults, can weigh up to 570 pounds (260 kg). Gestation is 11 months and breeding is seasonal. Peak birthing season occurs between April and September.

 

Lion Country Safari, West Palm Beach is a four-mile drive through safari with over 900 animals roaming free within inches of your vehicle including giraffe, zebra, rhinos, lions, wildebeests and more.  Admission includes entry to Safari World Amusement Park with animal encounters (giraffe feeding, bird feeding and petting zoo) and demonstrations, free rides (Ferris wheel, kid’s train, carousel, paddle boats, water sprayground and more), games, shopping, food and thrills. The park is open daily, for more info call 561-793-1084 or visit: www.LionCountrySafari.com

 

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