One of Marwell Wildlife’s most majestic animals, the Arabian Oryx, has been ‘brought back from the brink of extinction’ thanks to the work of dedicated conservationists. Successful captive breeding programs and re-introduction efforts mean the species has finally qualified for a move from the Endangered category to Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Marwell Wildlife, based in Hampshire, is home to the only breeding group of Arabian Oryx in the UK. Just last month, the park celebrated the birth of a female Arabian Oryx called Akilah.
Marwell Park Zoo
The UK's Marwell Wildlife recently welcomed baby Cottontop Tamarins and photographer Amy Wilton was on the scene to capture one of the little guys first days in the big world. Tamarins are the smallest of all monkeys and Cottontops grow only to about one pound. Unfortunately this tiny species is critically endangered with three quarters of its habitat in Columbia destroyed by logging and development.
Marwell Wildlife is celebrating the recent birth of a Brazilian tapir. Born on 2 September to proud mum Summer and dad Ronny, the baby girl has been named ‘Quito’ (pronounced kito) after the capitol city of Ecuador, which lies in the western part of the tapir range. Quito was born with a very pretty coat of pale spots and stripes on a reddish brown background. When she is around a year old she will lose her markings and develop a beautiful light brown colour, just like her big sister Rio. “Quito is doing really well and is full of confidence, she loves nothing better than exploring her new home. Summer is an excellent mum, whilst her big sister Rio and dad Ronny are never far away in case she runs into trouble. Brazilian tapirs are generally shy animals however, our family are very easy going and Ronny in particular loves a tickle under his chin” said David White, Head keeper for the tapirs.
Brazilian tapirs live in the Amazon rainforest and spend much of their time foraging near water, which they also use as an escape route from predators such as jaguars. They are able to stay submerged for hours using their long noses to breathe through, just like a snorkel. Tapirs closest living relatives are hoofed animals likes horses and rhinos. Although not as critically endangered as the Malayan tapir, there are still several threats to the survival of the Brazilian tapirs including: illegal hunting, habitat fragmentation which can result in reduced genetic diversity and home range, plus loss of habitat by subsistence farmers and illegal logging. They are currently listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
Marwell Wildlife’s male Ostrich, Boomer, is the proud dad of eight little Ostrich chicks. Ostriches are the word’s largest flightless birds but these little chicks stand only 10 inches tall (25cm) at the moment. From here the adorable chicks will grow at an incredible rate, eventually reaching the lofty heights of their dad, around 10 feet tall (3 meters)!
This beautifully camouflaged baby tapir was recently born at the UK's Marwell Zoo. Also known as the Brazilian Tapir (or ALF on 1980's American TV), the South American Tapir uses its mobile snout to hunt for its all-veggie diet of leaves, buds and twigs.
Native to Africa, the Yellow Mongoose is also called the Red Meerkat (apparently no one can agree on it's color). A feisty little carnivore, yellow mongooses communicate mostly with swishes of their yellow/red/orange/burnt sienna tails. These little guys were recently born at the UK's Marwell Zoo.
Meet the Marwell Zoo's newest baby capybaras as they chase mom around their exhibit looking for lunch. Capybara are the world's largest living rodent and they are very social and vocal, communicating with purrs, alarm barks, whistles, clicks, squeals and grunts. We're guessing this is a noisy bunch.
Lunch on the run
Thanks to photographer Helena Pugsley for sharing.
With less than 3,000 in the wild, pygmy hippos are highly endangered. By breeding babies like this little girl, conservationists hope to help save the species from extinction. The public is invited to help pick a name for her on the Marwell Zoological Park website. Options include Loko, Kadina, Zimmi and Lola.
Photo credit: Solent News and Photo Agency
Photo credit: Solent News and Photo Agency