Marwell Zoo is celebrating the birth of some of the world’s most threatened species including a critically endangered black and white ruffed lemur baby and a mountain bongo calf.
The Hampshire based wildlife park and conservation charity has also welcomed two blesbok calves – a first for Marwell – and a number of chicks including a black-headed weaver, crested wood partridge, Brazilian tanager and Sclater’s crowned pigeon.
Ian Goodwin, Animal Collection Manager at Marwell, said: “These are some incredibly important births for the breeding programmes, not just for us as a zoo but for the conservation of the species as a whole. Without action, we are sadly on the brink of losing many of these species forever. To have these different animals born within weeks of each other is fantastic news and we’re delighted we’re now reopen so guests can join us this summer in watching their development.”
Native to eastern Madagascar, the black and white ruffed lemur baby, born during lockdown to parents Breeze and Shorty, has been named Zephyr, with Kenyan mountain bongo, Arthur, the second calf to be born at the zoo in ten years.
Visitors to Marwell this summer can also enjoy a SUPERSIZED! event, featuring 40 larger than life toy brick creatures on display throughout the 140-acre park until 1st of November 2020.
For more information on visiting and to book advance tickets (required for entry) go to www.marwell.org.uk/guest-guidance
Main image: Black & white ruff lemur ©Jason Brown Photography