All posts tagged: birth

Tiny hippo newest arrival for Edinburgh Zoo

A tiny endangered pygmy hippo calf has been born at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo – arriving just in time for the wildlife conservation charity to reopen its gates to visitors this week. Weighing in at just 5.4kg when born, the female calf arrived on Saturday 17th April, creating a family for proud parents Otto and Gloria. Jonny Appleyard, hoofstock team leader at Edinburgh Zoo, said, “Our new […]

Tiny new arrival for Bristol Zoo

An adorable mouse deer has been born at Bristol Zoo Gardens. The tiny new arrival may appear to have long legs, but at only 8 inches high stands no taller than a pencil! The delicate lesser Malayan mouse deer, whose gender is not yet known, was born to first-time mother Brienne (7), and father Jorah […]

Rare giraffe born at Chester Zoo

A rare Rothschild’s giraffe has been born at Chester Zoo with video footage capturing the incredible moment the new calf entered the world. Born to mum Orla at 3am on 3rd March, CCTV images clearly show the young male landing onto soft straw as he makes a journey of two metres to the ground. Already […]

Giraffe calf born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo welcomed a six-foot-tall giraffe calf to the world last week on what staff are calling a ‘day of hope’. The female calf, born to mum Luna following a 15-month gestation period, arrived during the early hours of Tuesday 8th December – the same day the first COVID-19 vaccine was given to 90-year-old Margaret Keenan. In recognition of the […]

Rare rhino born at Chester Zoo

The arrival of a critically endangered rhino calf born at Chester Zoo last month is being celebrated by conservationists around the globe. New mum Ema Elsa gave birth to the female eastern black rhino on 29th October, following a 15-month-long pregnancy, with the zoo’s CCTV cameras capturing the incredible moment the little one arrived. With […]

Okapi baby born at ZSL London Zoo

Oni the okapi, who featured in last week’s ITV documentary, London Zoo: An Extraordinary Year,  has delighted zookeepers by giving birth to a healthy baby girl. The second-time mum went into labour late on Sunday 20th September before giving birth to the adorable calf – given the name ‘Ede’ by zookeepers – the following morning. Dedicated keepers kept a watchful eye overnight on CCTV as Oni went into labour, before tiny hooves and stripy legs began to emerge 12 hours later. The wide-eyed calf took its first wobbly steps within minutes and […]

Early arrival for sloth baby at ZSL London Zoo

A two-toed baby sloth named Truffle is the newest arrival at ZSL London Zoo. Native to the rainforests of South America, sloths are famous for being slow-moving. However,  eager to make an appearance, Truffle surprised keepers by arriving a few weeks earlier than expected. Born to parents Marilyn and Leander on Thursday 13th August, the […]

Adorable new arrivals for Monkey Forest

Staffordshire’s Trentham Monkey Forest welcomed four very special arrivals recently, just ahead of reopening their doors to visitors today, Thursday 25th of June.  Four baby macaques – 2 girls and 2 boys – were born during lockdown while the forest was closed. Now the gates are open, lucky visitors will get the chance to see the […]

Baby boom for Highland Wildlife Park

Last month proved a busy one for RZSS Highland Wildlife Park as staff welcomed 14 new arrivals to the wildlife conservation charity in Scotland while on lockdown. Births included two forest reindeer calves, seven Turkmenian markhor kids, one Bukhara deer calf, three Japanese macaque babies, and one Przewalski’s horse foal – with more expected soon! […]

Rare chimpanzee born at Edinburgh Zoo

A critically endangered Western chimpanzee has been born at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. The yet to be named female is only the second chimpanzee to be born in Scotland for over 20 years. Mum Heleen was rescued from a research laboratory in the Netherlands before being brought to the zoo in 2010. This is the second birth for […]

Baby boom for endangered monkeys at Twycross

Midlands-based Twycross Zoo is celebrating the birth of two baby monkeys from critically-endangered species. The yet to be named new-borns – a black-headed spider monkey and a northern white-cheeked gibbon –  are welcome news for the conservation of each species and the successful breeding programme at the zoo. Both babies are doing very well under the […]

Zebra first for Ventura Wildlife Park

Keepers at Ventura Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire were delighted to discover a new set of stripes during their morning checks this week. A baby Grant’s zebra arrived during the early hours of Wednesday and is the first offspring for parents Zelda and Sonny, who arrived at the Park in 2016. The Grant’s zebra is a […]

Rare tapir calf born at Edinburgh Zoo

Keepers at Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo welcomed the birth of a rare Malayan tapir recently. Malayan tapirs, also known as the Asian tapirs, are the largest of four tapir species and are native to the rainforests of Burma, Malaysia, Sumatra and Thailand. They are increasingly threatened in the wild by habitat loss and […]

ZSL gets ready for its annual big count

ZSL London Zoo cares for more than 700 different species of mammal, bird, reptile, fish and invertebrate, while sister site ZSL Whipsnade is home to over 3,500 animals and is the UK’s biggest zoo. At the start of every year, ZSL zookeepers take on the mammoth task of recording every animal for its annual stocktake, counting everything […]

Leggy new arrival for West Midland Safari

Keepers at West Midland Safari Park are celebrating the birth of a male Rothschild’s giraffe. The new arrival was born on Wednesday 3 October to second-time mum, Arusha and will join an existing herd of six females and four males at the park, including seven-year-old dad Rufus. Standing six-foot-tall, the leggy yet to be named […]