To support zoos and wildlife across the globe, the Academy depends on donations.We also generate our own income - for example through providing zoo-biological
consultation for the Salzburg Zoo, which is provided by one of our Chairmen, Prof. Dr. Henning Wiesner. In 2014, Prof. Dr. Wiesner brought back excellent news.
For Henning Wiesner, veterinary medicine is a matter of the heart. The protection and conservation of endangered species is mandatory and shall not be neglected as the result of short-sightedness. Dr. Wiesner shares his knowledge and over 40 years of practical experience in the field of zoology with the Salzburg Zoo. All proceeds generated through this work are allocated in full to the Academy‘s projects and as such to deserving zoos and wildlife across the globe.
With Dr. Wiesner‘s help, a small wonder took place in Salzburg: two rhinos are with calf at the same time. Salzburg had been hoping for a new generation of rhinos, but until recently their dream had not come true. Dr. Wiesner was able to offer the zoo the possibility of artificial insemination thanks to his longstanding contacts at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin and its team of reproduction specialists under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Thomas Hildebrandt, Dr. Frank Göritz and Dr. Robert Hermes.
In September, hormone analysis of stool samples confirmed the good news: Tamu, an eight year old White Rhino, is pregnant. The calf is expected sometime between late March and early April. In November more excellent news: 15 year old Yeti is also expecting. The father, in both cases, is the Salzburg rhino bull Athos, whose sperm was used to inseminate both rhinos. The second bundle of joy is expected sometime between late August and early September 2015.
Zoo Director Sabine Grebner is extremely happy - not only for Hellbrunn. But also because of a recent publication by South African Authorities reporting that in 2014, once again, more than 1000 rhinos fell victim to poachers in South Africa. If this keeps up, this species, which is at great risk of extinction, will only be able to survive with the help of mankind.
Grebner: „The demand for rhino horn - primarily in East Asia - is increasing at an alarming pace. Together with the international community of zoos, we are committed to the protection and conservation of the White Rhino. Each rhino that is born is imperative to the continued existence of these impressive animals.“ ■