New arrivals highlight baby boom at town’s wildlife park

Baby meerkat at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Baby meerkat at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
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THESE furry cuties are at the centre of a mini baby boom at Doncaster’s Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

The walk-through safari park in Branton has seen a string of new arrivals this spring, with the arrivals a baby camel, two ring tailed lemurs, four Joeys and a baby Lechwe.

Earlier this month, the camel made her appearance into the world, and is already doing well getting to know the other camels at Camel Country.

She delighted park rangers by closely following two ring tailed lemurs who were born three weeks ago and are already running around the Lemur Woods section.

Meanwhile, African Plains at the park welcomed a tawny baby Lechwe last month, who is getting to know his Zebra, Ostrich and Ankole Cattle fellow residents at the Plains. The Lechwe is a type of antelope which roams in Africa.

Now the latest additions are four joeys - baby wallabies.

“We’re always ecstatic when another safe arrival makes their appearance,” said wildlife park director Cheryl Williams. “They’re an absolute joy to be around. Our visitors love to see new little faces popping up at the Park and we hope this is the first of many births to come this year.”

But there are plans for even more babies at the park if their plans to breed rare animals come to fruition. The venue has signed up to European breeding programmes for both endangered breeds of tigers and leopards.

The first of two tigers due to take part in the programme, a male called Vladimir, is already at the park, with plans to bring a female in the future.

A number of leopards arrived at the site earlier this month as part of a similar scheme. They are living in the same enclosure as the tiger until their own enclosure is completed.