HAVANA, May 4th (EFE) Cuba received a group of 42 animals of 13 species through an exchange with the zoo “La Aurora” of Guatemala, including three tigers of Bengal, birds and primates, media reported on the island today .
The donation also includes Orix Cimitarra antelopes and several species of apes such as the spider monkey, the capuchin and the baboon anubis, which enrich the collections of the different zoos in the country, according to a note from the National Zoological Park Complex (CPZN).
Among the animals arriving from Guatemala, there are also examples of birds such as the black swan and several species of parrots, including the so-called “white front”, absent so far in the Zoos of the Caribbean island.
The CPZN indicated that after the arrival, the animals were subjected to quarantine in their facilities in the municipality of Boyeros, where a very varied topography predominates, which allows the best conditioning of the newly arrived species.
He also announced that similar exchanges are planned with Mexican zoos, which will make possible the “recovery of species, their reproduction and conservation” without damaging the environment where many live.
The Cuban National Zoo brings together in its collection specimens from almost all parts of the world, including a group of 144 animals of 22 species that Cuba received from Namibia at the beginning of the current decade and that are currently exhibited in its “African prairie” , with remarkable success of reproduction.