Both Blijdorp and Avifauna (two zoos in the Netherlands) had to make this choice this spring. In Blijdorp, keepers have raised young Dalmatian pelicans three years in a row (2009, 2010, 2011). Three young pelicans (2011) have just been reintroduced to the group. A chick from the second nest of a pelican pair is now being cared for by its own parents, which is interesting for visitors to observe.
In 2007 in Avifauna, oriental stork eggs were placed with experienced European storks. Earlier this year two oriental storks came out of the incubator. These young birds have grown well and can eat independently. These birds also had a second nest, but it wasn’t clear whether these eggs were fertilised. Now two young have hatched and are being cared for by the parents: a first! Expertise regarding raising oriental storks is being shared with European zoos, as these birds are seriously endangered, with less than 2500 estimated in the wild in Asia.