Group visits to ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
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Rare deer fawn born at Edinburgh Zoo

Keepers at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo have been celebrating the arrival of one of the rarest mammals in the world – a Visayan spotted deer.

Born last month, the little male fawn will join the conservation breeding programme set up to help safeguard this endangered species. Sadly, the Visayan spotted deer is now thought to be extinct in over 95 per cent of its native habitat.

Karen Stiven, senior keeper at Edinburgh Zoo, said, “It is very exciting to have a fawn born at the zoo. The Visayan spotted deer is facing severe threats from intensive hunting and land clearing for agriculture.

“Only found on the Visayan islands in the Philippines, the species is thought to be one of the scarcest and most narrowly distributed mammals on the planet, with possibly just a few hundred remaining in the wild.

“This makes each addition to the breeding programme a positive step towards a genetically stable population, which may need to be introduced to the wild in the future.”

The youngster can now be spotted at the zoo keeping close to mum, Summer, who he will rely on for around six months before becoming more independent.

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