Love is in the air
Published: 13th Feb 2013Two female Philippine spotted deer have arrived at Newquay Zoo to be introduced to their new mate – just in time for Valentine’s Day! The animals have made the journey…
Two female Philippine spotted deer have arrived at Newquay Zoo to be introduced to their new mate – just in time for Valentine’s Day!
The animals have made the journey from Poznan Zoo in Poland to become the latest additions to the collection at Newquay Zoo.
It is hoped that they will become the latest of the species to contribute to the managed breeding programme, which the team at Newquay have worked hard to help ensure is a success.
John Meek, Animal Collection Manager said; ‘‘Philippine spotted deer are probably the most endangered deer in the world, so it is a pleasure to have them on-site at Newquay Zoo. We have contributed to the managed European breeding programme for many years, and part of that programme is ensuring genetic diversity within the captive population. If we are lucky enough to have babies then they will be genetically different from the others we have bred here. This will be fantastic for the managed population and brilliant for the future survival of the species.’’
The females, whose names are Sookie and Sue were introduced to their new mate, male Alfie, and staff at the Zoo are thrilled that it has gone well.
Like many species, it is human interference that has led to their sad decline in the wild. Illegal hunting is a problem for the deer, as is habitat destruction. They are endemic to the Philippines, meaning they are found naturally nowhere else in the world, so it is essential that efforts are made to combat the man-made threats they are having to overcome.