‘Michael Jackson’ first fawn born in breeding center
Michael fed baby deer @ his Neverland Zoo
By Carla Gomez
MICHAEL JACKSON, named after the late pop superstar,
is the first
fawn born in six years at the Negros Forests
Foundation’s (NFEFI) captive breeding
and and conservation center in Bacolod City.
CITY – A fawn named after the late American pop superstar Michael
Jackson became the first Visayan Spotted Deer to be born in the last
six years at the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation’s (NFEFI)
captive breeding and conservation center in Bacolod City. The male deer was born in July.
“We were all very excited about the birth,” NFEFI curator Doctor Joanne Justo said.
“We were delighted when the
female, Sandy, turned out to be pregnant and we kept our fingers
crossed it would lead to a successful birth,” Justo added.
The fawn, nicknamed MJ after
Michael Jackson, went on display last week to visitors who flocked to
the NFEFI center by the Provincial Lagoon in Bacolod City. The NFEFI
now has 13 of these rare creatures and all can be seen at the center.
“The Visayan Spotted Deer is
the rarest and most threatened deer species in the world and the
arrival of MJ is very encouraging. Under the right conditions, this
beautiful animal certainly has a future,” Justo said.
As part of NFEFI’s recently launched fund-raising campaign the center is hoping someone will come forward and sponsor the fawn.
“Supporting the fawn for a year is not expensive and it would make a unique gift for a loved one,” Justo said.
If any concerned citizen
would be interested in supporting the fawn in full or in part, please
call NFEFI at (034) 4339234 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NFEFI’s website is www.negrosforests.org.
Aside from NFEFI, the
other two key players in the Visayan Spotted Deer Conservation Program
are Silliman University’s Center for Tropical Conservation Studies and
the Mari-it Conservation Park of West Visayas State University in Panay.