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The male calf was born after a 13-month gestation on March 4th and has been named Clyde by keepers. He is being reared by his mother, Kara-may who lives with his father Sid in a herd of 8 camels at Blackpool.
A male Aardvark named Karl, after German footballer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, arrived from Berlin Zoo as a new mate for resident female Laurel. Aardvarks are native to areas south of the Sahara in Africa, where they are often referred to as 'earth pigs', the Afrikaans translation of Aardvark.
Cotton-Top Tamarin Twins
The twins, who are yet to be sexed and named, are vital for the international breeding programme. The cotton-top tamarin is considered one of the world's most endangered primates – and is one of the smallest. There are said to be about 6,000 such monkeys left in the wild in their native Colombia, with numbers largely reduced through deforestation.
Blackpool Zoo's family of orangutans are back after a complete £1million transformation of their home. The house, which was originally built in the 1970's, has been tripled in size to make it wider and higher with an upstairs viewing area and extended keeper facilities.
A litter of three meerkat pups can now be seen in their enclosure in the Big Cat house. Meerkats breed successfully both in the wild and in captivity with litters between 1 and 5 pups, although most commonly, 3.
Two male Siberian Tiger cubs are the first of the endangered species to be born at Blackpool Zoo for more than 18 years. Both will play a vital part in the future breeding programme of these species, however for now they are busy exploring their dens and will be having fun in their outside enclosure soon.
A male sea lion was born in June to experienced mother Isabelle. One of the most popular displays at Blackpool Zoo that of the sea lions carried out in the Active Oceans pool, where our new arrival can be seen exploring, the largest of its kind in the UK.
These two male Iberian Wolves are the first of their species to be born at Blackpool Zoo.
A male kea, Nelson, so called as he only has one eye, arrived from Paradise Park as a breeding partner for our female. Keas originate from New Zealand where they have a bad reputation for dismantling satellite dishes! They are very intelligent birds and able to solve quite complicated puzzles.
A new group of sitatunga is being established in a refurbished paddock. Three of these rather shy antelopes arrived from Chester Zoo, a male and 2 females, and they will be joined by three more soon. Trees and logs are important in landscaping the paddock as the females like to hide their calves.
The Birds of the World display has always been a great favourite with visitors. With this in mind, a new barn owl arrived from the Welsh Mountain Zoo and our visitors now have the opportunity to “fly” one of these stunning white owls themselves. Available holidays and weekends, £10 per person.
Two baby capybara were born in March. They resemble guinea pigs when they are first born but quickly grow and potter about the enclosure with their parents. They love to swim so their eyes, ears and noses are on top of their heads to allow them to see, hear and breathe.
Four baby King Colobus monkeys were born in March in the Small Primate House. They are easy to spot as their coats are white at birth, becoming darker as they grow. The babies soon become very independent and leave their mothers but this can cause squabbles as other females “steal” them.