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EKSU scientist: African ostriches in East Kazakhstan

In January, we conducted Zoological research in the Tarbagatay state national nature Park.

Every day we went from Urjar village to the registration routes within a radius of 100 km, to study the faunal composition, biotopic distribution and number of animals and wintering birds, as well as to photograph landscapes and winter landscapes.

Once, when we passed the village of Makanchi, the inspector of the national Park surprised us: "do you want to photograph live ostriches?"

And here we are on the estate of the family breeding farm "Bakey".

Clear sunny day. Sparrows are chirping, black and grey crows are cawing, magpies are chattering, chickens are crowing and clucking, cows and bulls are mooing, and dogs are barking.

The farm, which employs a friendly family of Berik Zhirentai: wife, sons and daughter, contain a breeding meat aulekol breed of cattle.

But the special care of the owners is surrounded by overseas guests-African ostriches. They are kept in order to prove the possibility of the existence of the species in the conditions of the Kazakh climate.

Giant flightless birds, reaching a height of 3 m, roamed the spacious snow-covered aviary. This is just the case when it is better to see once than to hear and read a hundred times.

According to the behavior of the birds, we did not think that they were sad for their historical homeland – Africa.

How did these giant flightless birds survive on our planet? After all, their predecessors, the dodos that lived in the forests of the Mascarene Islands of the Indian ocean, were exterminated in the 17th-18th centuries, mainly by pigs brought to the Islands by people. And the MoA-flightless birds from New Zealand became extinct due to the immoderate hunting of them by the Maori people.

Let the African ostriches not suffer the fate of these giant flightless birds. And the family breeding farm "Bakey "makes its modest contribution to this noble cause.

Konstantin Prokopov, photo by the author

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