More beautiful baby animals born at Woburn Safari Park
The summer baby boom has continued at Woburn Safari Park, with new arrivals popping up all across the safari.
Herd on over
Delighted keepers have welcomed two more beautiful baby alpacas, known as cria, to Alpaca Outpost.
The two youngest arrivals are both females and have joined the two male cria, Taco and Tarquin, who were born earlier on in the year. Born to mother Lacey, Teak was born on 4th August, while Tasha was born to mother Misty on 6th August.
Asian short clawed otters, Kelani and Kovo, have welcomed another successful litter of ‘otterly’ adorable pups to the Animal Encounters section of the park.
Currently tucked away in their nest box with mum, Kelani, the pups are solely reliant on her for warmth and milk so it is up to Kovo and the older pups to gather food for them.
Although the adults are expert swimmers, Asian short clawed otters aren’t big or strong enough to be able to swim from birth so the pool will be drained until the pups are around 12 weeks old, when a small amount of water will be added again as they begin their swimming lessons.
Rare oryx calves
Three rare Scimitar-horned oryx calves have also been born out in the reserves. Mothers Eileen and Julie each had one male, while Jody gave birth to a female calf.
As a species that has been extinct in the wild since 2007, the birth of these three oryx calves is of particular importance for the species, which is part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP).
Weighing just 8-10kg at birth, the trio will come to weigh between 180-200kg once fully grown. The adults are easily recognisable from their large horns, but they don’t begin to grow their horns until they are one week old and it will take around two years for them to reach their full length.
Pair of porcupetttes
Twin African crested porcupines were born to mother Noko and father Chewy in the Foot Safari on 30th May.
Despite being the largest species of porcupine the adorable babies, known as porcupettes, weighed a tiny 100 grams when they were first born - that's about the same weight as an average lemon!
Named Piglet and Pooh, the pair look like miniature versions of their parents and were even born with their own set of quills! The babies are currently following mum and dad wherever they go and camera trap footage shows these largely nocturnal animals are out and about all night; utilising all of the purposely designed features of the exhibit, including shelters, forage pits and a large pool.
First adorable Ankole calf for 30 years
The reserves team welcomed the first Ankole calf to be born at Woburn Safari Park in nearly 30 years on the 21st June.
Born to mother Daisy and father Norbert, the young male calf has been named Thor. Weighing just 20 to 25kg when he was born, a big difference to the hefty 700kg he will reach when he is fully grown.
A highly sociable species, the Ankole at Woburn will always be seen together, with Thor in tow. Visitors may even catch a glimpse of the herd sleeping in a circle around the youngster.