October 14, 2012
Coalition building between Sampson and Nick did not go as well as we had hoped. We decided not to continue their introductions; since they did not like each other very much, we were not going to force the issue.
Instead, we decided to do fence-line introductions with Nick and Amani’s boys (Ashaki, Zephyr, and Pounce) who are five months younger than Nick. We let them bond through the fence while giving Amani’s boys some time away from their family. It seemed like they all really liked Nick and enjoyed running the fence line with him. We decided that instead of introducing Nick to all three males we would move forward with full introductions with Ashaki and Nick.
The introductions went very well. They are now living together full time. Zephyr and Pounce are also a coalition and are separated from their mother and sisters now that they are 17 months old. We will begin Damisi and Savanna’s separation from Amani shortly since we plan to breed Amani again in the spring. Amani has been going into estrus a lot lately and seems ready for a new adventure, and so are we!