Lots of summer babies make their debuts
The summer 'baby boom' has arrived at Woburn Safari Park and there are lots of adorable new faces to spot on your next visit.
Reserves keepers were given two for the price of one (not literally!) when two female addax gave birth to healthy calves within a few days of one another.
Female Amelie was the first to become a mother at the end of March when she gave birth to a male late in the afternoon. Just a couple of days later, keepers were overjoyed to come into work in the morning to discover that female Forest had become a mum to a beautiful female calf.
Now that the weather is warmer, the calves will be out in their paddock next to the Somali wild ass.
The large bison paddock can be seen on the drive down to the ticket lanes for visitors and there have been a number of calves born in recent weeks. Home to a large herd of North American bison and sika deer, the paddock is over 16 acres in size - providing lots of space for these large animals. Bison have lived at Woburn for over 100 years so the births of calves are important to ensure this continues.
Ring tailed lemur
Seven-year old Kirindy gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Rakoto at the beginning of April and the youngster is now settling in well to his new home within Land of the Lemurs. He shares this space with another youngster born to mother Sambava.
Three Vietnamese sika deer calves can be spotted in the paddock they share with the North American bison herd. The sika live as a natural herd and for the first few weeks of the calves' lives, their mothers will tuck them away, meaning keepers have a game of 'hide and seek' every morning to check the youngsters are well.
The sika deer are part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) so any males born into the herd may be moved to other animal collections in the future to continue the important breeding programme to ensure the protection of this species.
Female eland Nicky, became a mother to a young calf out in the African Reserves section of the Park. The baby was discovered in the morning by keepers, with both mum and baby doing well.
Eland are the largest of all antelope species; growing up to six feet tall and can jump up to six to eight feet from standing! They have a gestation (length of pregnancy) of around nine months and after birth they will instinctively tuck their calves away from predators during the day in a secluded area returning periodically to feed and care for the calf.
Visitors will be able to spot lots of new babies down in the Australian Walkabout enclosure in the Foot Safari, home to Red necked wallabies and Greater rhea.
Some of the 'joeys' are still very small and hairless, spending all their time still in their mother's pouches - although keep a look out for their little faces taking a peek outside!
As the youngsters get bigger, they will begin to spend more time exploring on their own.