Hampshire Wildlife Park welcomes newborns of endangered species


Marwell Zoo in Hampshire is celebrating its last births of endangered species, including a Przewalski horse foal and scimitar-horned oryx calf.

Both species became extinct in the wild and became dependent on captive breeding and reintroduction for their survival.

Guardians say Przewalski’s newborn foal and scimitar-horned oryx calf, the second born in recent weeks, are both booming.

A scimitar-horned oryx calf Credit: PhotosBy Gemma

Other new arrivals include a Hartmann’s mountain zebra and a dorcas gazelle calf, both listed as “vulnerable” in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Hartmann’s foal relaxes in the grass Credit: Marc Parris

Conservation Director Dr Tim Woodfine said: “These births are welcome additions to their respective European ex situ programs (EEPs), which are specially managed insurance populations. Our Przewalski horse foal and our scimitar-horned oryx calf remind us that these species have disappeared from their natural ranges but have since been successfully reintroduced.

Przewalski’s horse foal, photo taken in May 2021

The charity recently released its 2020 Impact Report detailing its work around the world to restore nature, promote sustainable lifestyles, and work with communities and governments to help make the changes needed to help people. , wildlife and the environment at large.

Projects include vital research of the reintroduced genetics of desert antelopes, the reintroduction of one of Britain’s reptiles, community sand lizard conservation initiatives in Africa and Central Asia.

Dr Woodfine said: “The flexibility and courage shown by our teams and partners throughout the coronavirus pandemic has enabled us to do a lot through thick and thin. The reopening of the zoo is important to generate income to support our conservation work around the world. “

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