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UK first as deer is born at Newquay zoo

By Warren Wilkins 20th February 2019

UK first as deer is born at Newquay zoo
DOING WELL: The young Philippine spotted deer with his mother at Newquay Zoo.

NEWQUAY Zoo’s breeding programme is celebrating yet another success after one of the rarest deer species in the world was born at the attraction.

The birth of the Philippine spotted deer is the first of the species to be born anywhere in the UK this year.

Newquay Zoo was already home to mum Sookie, dad Alfie and sibling Trevor, who was born in January 2017.

The small deer, which is native to the Philippines, has been classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It is thought that fewer than 2,500 are left in the wild due to illegal hunting and deforestation.

The Philippine spotted deer, also known as Prince Alfred’s deer or Visayan spotted deer, was born on January 10.

Keeper Tracey Twomey said: “With the Philippine spotted deer being one of the most globally threatened deer species, each birth is extremely important for the conservation of the species. Mother and baby are doing very well, both are strong and healthy. We look forward to seeing this little one grow up and hopefully have little ones of her own.”

The birth of the Philippine spotted deer follows twin Eurasian lynx cubs, two slender tailed meerkats and two twin slender loris being bred at the attraction in recent times.

Newquay Zoo, which is part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, is actively involved in a number of conservation projects. The Trust co-ordinates seven regional conservation programmes in the UK and overseas, all of which are funded by its zoos and involve many zoo and trust staff in their operation.

It also supports a small number of projects outside of these regions where there is a clear link with the work it undertakes within the zoos.

Newquay Zoo is also a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a conservation, education and wildlife charity representing more than 100 of the best zoos and aquariums in Britain and Ireland. 

Its collections have global impact, participating in more than 800 conservation projects, 1,400 research projects and contributing more than £24 million a year to field conservation.
The Association and its members are a powerful force in the care and conservation of the natural world.

Collectively, they endeavor to inspire people to protect the planet’s rich biodiversity, deliver high-quality environmental education, training and research whilst achieving the highest standards of animal care and welfare.  

By Warren Wilkins 20th February 2019

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