Tree snail laboratory in Woodland Park Zoo
Woodland Park Zoo has provided a new space in its Bug World for a 'Tree snail laboratory'. The inhabitants are Partula nodosa, a species that is extinct in the wild. To breed these successfully, a new space was needed that provides the optimal breeding situation for the animals. The temperature is kept at 20 to 21 degrees, air conditioning is also provided so that the temperatures do not rise too much. In the wild, these animals live in such temperatures even if they come from warm Tahiti. The zoo is home to 900 of these snails. The species does not lay eggs, but every 4 to 6 weeks 1 young is born. They grow slowly but can reach 5 to 6 years of age.
There are plans to return this species to a mini reserve of 20 m². That may seem small, but so are the snails. On this small scale it is also possible to keep the imported predatory snails from the reserve. In a few years the first animals will return to the area where they originally appeared in the wild.