Woburn Safari Park’s first baby alpaca is born

Move over Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, Woburn Safari Park’s first baby alpaca has been born.

Delighted keepers have announced the arrival of their first ‘cria’ – a baby alpaca.

Born to female alpaca Lacquer, the male cria was delivered in the new Alpaca Outpost enclosure. It is hoped he will be the first of several babies to arrive, with more of the herd’s females being pregnant and expecting to deliver soon.

The birth took a dramatic turn when keepers had to step in to help as they could see mother was struggling. The team was concerned about the position of the baby and keeper Tom Robson soon found out that the cria had one leg facing backwards.  With swift help from Tom, the baby arrived without issue.

The male newborn, who has been named Taco, is enjoying time bonding with his Mum. 

Tom Robson, Deputy Team Leader, Reserves said: “The team is really excited as it’s the first alpaca to be born at the Park, both cria and mum are doing really well. At the moment he looks like a cross between a giraffe and a sheep and his bright white fur makes him really stand out from the herd at Alpaca Outpost.”

Visitors can meet the herd and feed the herd at Alpaca Outpost, which is accessed via a ride on the Great Woburn Railway, departing at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm each day.