Discovery Cove is thrilled to announce the birth of two spotted eagle rays. The pups were born on April 2 to Nerina and Apollo, the first birth for both. They are currently receiving round-the-clock care, world-class veterinary care from the Discovery Cove’s team.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
Spotted eagle rays are in the fish family. They are recognizable for their flat, wide bodies and spotted coloration. Much like fingerprints, each spotted eagle ray has its own unique pattern. This marine species is threatened, making the two eagle ray pups part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
“The work done by zoological facilities like Discovery Cove is critical for the protection of Spotted Eagle Rays and other animal populations worldwide,” said Dr. Candice Dorsey, Senior VP of Conservation, Management and Welfare Sciences at the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
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