New Philippine spotted deer fawn at Newquay Zoo

Endangered fawn spotted at Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo is celebrating the arrival of a Philippine spotted deer fawn, one of the rarest species of deer in the world.

The fawn was born at the start of April, but has only been out on the paddock and visible to the public this week. The fawn looks happy and confident – whether snuggled up with the rest of the family, or trotting after its mother.

This is the second baby for parents Belle and Neil, who had Dylan in the summer of 2022.

Philippine spotted deer, which are also known as Alfred’s deer, are listed as ‘Endangered’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.

They are one of the world’s most endangered species of deer for a number of reasons, including a limited range of just two Philippine islands, coupled with severe habitat destruction and fragmentation. In addition, Philippine spotted deer are hunted for game, meat and even for use in the pet trade, despite being fully protected by law.

Newquay Zoo is part of an ex-situ breeding programme run by EAZA (the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria), which aims to learn more about the species and help increase the number of Philippine spotted deer around the world. The zoo continues to have great success breeding the animals, as this latest arrival shows.

John Meek, Curator of Plants and Animals at Newquay Zoo, said: “We’re delighted to announce that our family of Philippine spotted deer has grown. The new arrival is settling in well and enjoying spending time with its parents and big brother, Dylan.

“We’re home to a wide range of endangered and critically endangered animals here at Newquay Zoo, and we’re proud to be able to introduce our visitors to species that they might not have heard of before.”