Altina Wildlife Park in Darlington Point has doubled its spotted hyena population after the arrival of two more to its wild family all the way from Africa.
These awesome new animals are two of only 20 others across the country and are joining a pair of Emperor Tamarins as the parks latest additions.
Rebecca Surian, Animal and Operations Manager at Altina Wildlife Park said a lot of behind the scenes work had gone into securing and transporting the animals from across the world to Darlington Point.
"It is actually impossible to tell whether or not spotted hyenas are male or female as females carry male genitalia, blood tests are the only way to tell them apart," Mrs Surian said.
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"So we had to spend time finding animals that are appropriate, healthy and of course genetically viable - that's a big thing."
The other three females are located at Monarto Zoo in South Australia and are all related.
"Finding animals that are appropriate is very importance, and bringing new genetics into Australia's already limited gene pool is very exciting for our contribution to the spotted hyena Australasian Breeding Program."
Cheeka (pronounced chair-ka) joins Malika in their new home and will join her on display to the public just in time for the school holidays.
"Cheeka is super affectionate and is always keen to vocalise to us through the fence," Mrs Surian said.
"His sister Malika is more shy but once she gets to know you she gets all up in your face!"
If you would like to make a booking to visit Malika and Cheeka, please call 0412 060 342.
More information about Altina Wildlife Park can be found here.
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