Zoo birth is European first
ZOOKEEPERS in Newquay are celebrating the birth of an endangered Philippine spotted deer – the first in Europe this year.
Globally the Philippine spotted deer is one of the most threatened deer species and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) class the status of this species as endangered. There are fewer than 2,500 thought to be left in the wild due to intensive hunting and extensive deforestation.
Zookeepers at Newquay Zoo celebrated the arrival and were delighted by the new birth.
Head keeper Sam Harley commented: “This is a massive boost for the species.
“Both mother and baby are doing well and we are really happy with their progress. Mother is doing a fantastic job and it’s great to see her protecting her little one. Having a second male in the group is great news – we are really proud!
“The Philippine spotted deer usually grows to around 60cm to 80cm tall – which is not much larger than some dogs. Their brown fur is soft and dense, featuring lighter spots on the flanks. Only the males have antlers and it usually takes them around 12 months to grow these.
“Philippine spotted deer are most commonly known to live in small groups of around five to eight. Their diet usually consists of leaves, stems and vegetation in the wild. At Newquay Zoo their diet is similar but they also feed on fresh greens, such as cabbage, and vegetables like carrots and mushrooms.”
Newquay Zoo has been home to a total of 12 Philippine spotted deer over the last eight years, eight of which have been born at the zoo. Being such a globally threatened species, the zoo says it is proud to be the first European zoo to record a birth of the species this year.