Discovery Cove Announces Birth Of Spotted Eagle Ray Pups
As we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, Discovery Cove is celebrating mothers their own way – with the birth of two spotted eagle rays! This is the first birth for proud parents Nerina and Apollo. The spotted eagle ray, a threatened marine species, is part of the Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The pups were born on April 2nd and are currently receiving around-the-clock care from Discovery Cove’s veterinary team.
If you’re not familiar with the spotted eagle ray, they are a member of the fish family, recognizable for their flat, wide bodies and unique coloration. Like fingerprints, each ray has its own one of a kind pattern.
“The exciting birth of these eagle ray pups demonstrates our company’s commitment to conservation and species survival efforts,” said Kyle Miller, President of Discovery Cove Orlando. “I’m very proud of our animal care specialists and veterinary team for developing leading-edge reproductive health expertise, technologies and capabilities. We are helping to save this species from extinction and look forward to seeing these pups grow and thrive at Discovery Cove.”
The Discovery Cove veterinary and zoological teams performed a successful neonatal wellness exam immediately following the pups’ birth. This is all part of the general health care all animals receive in keeping with Discovery Cove’s high standards of care.
AZA’s Species Survival Program that these rays are a part of oversees the population management of select species to maintain healthy and genetically diverse animal population within the zoo community and to enhance conversation of the specie sin the wild.
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