We are delighted to announce the arrival of Baringo, a 24 year old male black rhino from Dvur Kralav Zoo in Europe. He is currently settling into his new home at our Selous Black Rhino Reserve. Baringo and the 3 existing females are part of a European breeding programme, which aims to conserve this critically endangered species. He joins Samira who is 16 years old, her daughter Olmoti who is 3 and our other female Chenua who recently arrived from Chester Zoo a few months ago.
Wednesday 22nd of March marked the 3rd Birthday of the 3 Sumatran tiger cubs which were born here at Flamingo Land. At 18 months old the mother, in our case Surya, would start to encourage the cubs to find their own territory and start their own families. Since then something wonderful has happened. Kuasa our male tiger cub has become a father himself! Last year he moved to Zoo de la Boissière du Doré' close to Nantes in Western France as part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). He now has a Sumatran tigress daughter which was born on the 13th of January. She had her first vet examination on the 23rd of March and she weights 8kg. She’ll soon be 10 times that weight when she is a full grown tigress in just a few years. Her mother is Suma from Tiergarten Heidelberg. The cub doesn’t have a name yet but will be decided very soon.
For this week’s article we are going to be letting you in on a little secret on some of the more peculiar ways our keepers look after our animals. One of which has fascinated our guests and fellow staff in particular has been our dummy keeper ‘Tod’. Tod is situated against the fence of our ‘Africa’ Paddock which includes our Kafu Lechwe and also our Scimitar Horned Oryx.