2016 has been a great year for West Midland Safari Park (WMSP) in Worcestershire, with the success of 12 different species and more than 60 babies.
A baby boy white rhino came first, which was great news for the park as the last rhino to be born here was 10 years before. This seemed to kickstart a succession of births. Three rare Père David’s deer calves appeared, followed by the hatching of some colourful lorikeet chicks, Cameroon lambs and a variety of deer and antelopes. Then keepers were surprised to see 14 little noses appear from the painted dog den. This was tremendous news for both the park and painted dog conservation, as they are listed as ‘Endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Two beautiful Rothschild’s giraffe calves then arrived, which was the first success for the park’s European Breeding Programme for this species of giraffe.
Staff at the park hope that the success of 2016 bodes well for the future and 2017 will be just as, if not more, successful, with plenty on show for groups.
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