A tapir born at the Lake District Wildlife Park is preparing to leave Cumbria for pastures new.
Alvez is heading off to a breeding programme in the United Arab Emirates in a few weeks time. He's one of a family of four Brazilian tapirs at the Lake District Wildlife Park.
The three-year-old is the first calf of his mum and dad Muffin and Rio, and has a younger brother Zico, born in 2015.
There are four species of Tapirs in Central and South America and South-East Asia. All Tapirs are in decline and their plight is symbolic of the wider threat to their natural habitat in the rain forests. It's hoped that the breeding programme will mean Alvez will soon have a family of his own.
Keeper Leanne Harrington has been looking after the Tapir family since Alvez was only a matter of weeks old. She said:
Alvez was quite a Mummy's boy when he was younger, sticking close by for a long time. Now he has minutes of madness, running around his enclosure. In contrast his little brother is very independent already.
Alvez is quite tolerant of his brother who has a cheeky habit of nipping his older brothers' ankles. They both love having their backs scratched which is great for park guests taking part in Keeper Experiences."
Nocturnal wildlife tours are now available from Castle Douglas - a UK first.
Lori Carnochan went to see what she could find:
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People from across Dumfries and Galloway are taking advantage of a new tour which allows you to view wildlife in the dark.
The Nocturnal Wildlife Tours run from Castle Douglas, and on the walks you can expect to see everything from baby deer to hedgehogs.
In the second of our special reports from the Farne Islands, Paul Crone joins Carlisle's wildlife photography and filmmaking students as they step onto dry land.
Paul Crone joined the students of a Carlisle-based degree course on wildlife photography and filmmaking on a trip to the Farne Islands.
Watch the first of his two reports from one of Northumberland's most famous bird and seal colonies:
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A multi-million pound project designed to return parts of Cumbria's countryside to how it used to be is underway.
Hundreds of years ago some of the county's rivers were straightened to make farming easier.
That work is now being reversed in the hope that it will make a better environment for local wildlife.
Amy Dunsmuir has more:
A multi-million pound project to return parts of the Cumbrian countryside to its natural state is underway.
Hundreds of years ago some of the county's rivers were straightened to expand surrounding land and make farming easier.
Now, a project is underway to reverse that work and improve the surrounding areas for local wildlife.
The work will see some of the original river beds excavated and the river re-routed along them.
Eden Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency and Natural England have been working closely with local landowners and tenant farmers on the project.
The project is set to be finished at the end of the summer.
Maggie Robinson from Natural England explains the benefits of the project: