If you are planning a trip to the Longleat Safari Park, then you will be in for a great surprise! You may just be able to see the new baby animals born in the spring of 2016 in the park, a welcome addition to the growing family of animals that continue to enchant children and adults alike.
Weeks of Surprises
Of course, this is not the first time that animal births happened at Longleat considering that it is one of the country’s premier breeding institutions. But the nearly-successive births were indeed reasons to rejoice among the zookeepers.
All of the new arrivals, after all, arrived within just three weeks of each other. Zookeepers were certainly kept busy with attending to both the mothers and their children especially in case of the troubled births. For example, the blackbuck calf had to be bottle-fed by zookeepers for 24 hours after it was apparently abandoned by its mother but its maternal instincts soon kicked in and everything’s well now.
The new births included a Rothschild giraffe calf, a scimitar-horned oryx, a set of ring-tailed lemur twins, and a blackbuck.
Longleat has a history of succeeding in its breeding programme, a part of its conservation efforts. The latest string of births is yet another jewel in its crown especially as many of its animals are considered endangered under environmental standards.
For example, the Rothschild’s giraffes are considered as among the most endangered species since there are only about 1,500 in the wild. The scimitar-horned oryx, sadly, has only survived in captivity so the new birth is a cause for celebration for conservationists.
As is the case in zoos like Longleat, the baby animals have also been christened, so to speak. The oryx calf is now known as Quiana, the giraffe as Lady Emma, and the lemur twins as Ronnie and Corbett, in honor of the comedic duo.