Just in time for the end of Summer, a Highland calf has been born to the delight of ecstatic Keepers at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm for the first time in 5 years.
“Highland calves are the cutest thing, and we were so happy to see Bonnie. She’s already very confident and inquisitive.” Said Keeper Eleanor Steeds
“This is the first birth for Agnes, so she needed a little help at first, but she is already proving to be a great mum. For now, Bonnie will continue to stay with her mum, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on how she gets on.” she continued.
Bearing a distinctive black fluffy coat, she is already a favourite at the zoo. Bonnie, a name of Scottish origin, means beautiful and she lives up to the name. Calves are usually fully grown by 2 years old, with their horns coming through within the first year. Highland cattle can have varying hair colours from red and yellow to black and white.
Highland cows originate from mountainous areas of Scotland and are one of the oldest cattle breeds. They are known for their long, wavy coats that keep them warm in cold winters. They also have prominent horns that Bonnie is yet to grow into.
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Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm™ attracts over 200,000 visitors each year and can be found just 6 miles outside of Bristol, towards Clevedon. Started in 1999, animals include lions, bears, giraffe, zebras, rhinos & gibbons. As well as the longest hedge maze in Europe, visitors can enjoy huge indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds. For more details see our website: www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk
There are now over 100 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates at Noah’s Ark, including several important species classified as ‘endangered’ or ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List. These include Siamang Gibbons (Endangered), Andean Bears (Vulnerable), African elephants (Endangered) Cotton Topped Tamarins (Critically Endangered), White Rhinos (Near Threatened) and Brazilian Tapirs (Vulnerable).
‘Elephant Eden’ became the largest facility for elephants in the UK and the biggest of its kind in northern Europe at 20 acres (8 hectares) when it opened in February 2014.
Noah’s Ark holds national Gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) for its sustainable operations. The zoo has been a member of the Scheme since 2009. The zoo was also awarded the Innovation Award (for innovations in sustainability) from the National Farm Attractions Network and the Learning outside the classroom award in 2018.
‘Andean Adventure’ became the UKs newest and one of the largest bespoke habitats for Spectacled bears when it opened in 2016.
Noah’s Ark is open 7 days a week. Open 10:30am - 5pm from February to November and 10.30am - 4pm in December and January. The zoo can be found just outside Bristol, minutes from the M5 motorway Junction 19 or 20.