A rare and endangered Visayan spotted deer fawn has been born at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. The male calf was born to mum Summer and dad Jochem and is a welcome addition to the zoo’s collection.
The Visayan spotted deer is mainly nocturnal, emerging only at dusk to feed on a variety of food such as grasses, leaves and buds. Found in the rainforests of the Visayan Islands in the Philippines, this species of deer is now classified as endangered, due to intensive hunting, deforestation and land-clearing. and it is believed that only a few hundred Visayan spotted deer now remain in the wild.
Karen Stiven, Senior Keeper at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo said;
“We are very excited to welcome the new male fawn to our collection. He has been named Tember and will be looked after by mum for the first six months before he slowly begins developing more confidence.
“This is another great achievement and testament to the hard work the hoof stock team have been putting in over the past several months here at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. This birth is important as Tember will go on to play an important role in safeguarding his species against extinction as part of the European breeding programme.”
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