Some of Africa's most iconic creatures are coming to Hampshire as part of a new wildlife exhibition. People will have the chance to learn more about rhinos, zebras and oryx. The Wild Explorers programme focuses on discovery, natural history and conservation of the impressive creatures. The interview is with Ian Goodwin from Marwell Zoo.
Judges were spoilt for choice in Marwell Wildlife’s prestigious Photographer of the Year competition.
‘Leopard cub in the light’ beat off fierce competition to be the overall winning image. The fantastic photograph of the Hampshire Zoo’s Amur leopard cub ‘Kanika’ was taken by George Wheelhouse of Flitwick in Bedfordshire.
George said: “I’m overwhelmed - I can't believe it! I visited the zoo for one day with my family and never believed I’d get a shot like this.”
Marwell Zoo has announced the arrival of an Amur leopard cub - one of the world's most critically endangered species of big cat. Born to mum, Kaia and dad, Akin, the little leopard is an importantaddition to the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme.
It is estimated that there are as few as 35 Amur leopards left in the wild. This tiny population which survives today is under serious risk of extinction, and maintaining a healthy captive population is crucial to the global conservation of the species.
From zoo keepers busting a move in the giraffe house to volunteers strutting their stuff at admissions, Marwell Zoo has created their very own version of Pharrell’s hit song ‘Happy’.
The charity, which has its own choir, has re-written the lyrics to to celebrate the arrival of Velma the dinosaur.
Velma is a living Velociraptor and will be part of Marwell’s summer event ‘Rise of the Dinosaurs’.
James Cretney, Chief Executive of Marwell Wildlife said: “It was great fun for everyone to get together to promote a worthy cause. So with dinosaurs arriving this summer, the choir decided to take on the Pharrell song ‘Happy’.
Marwell Zoo in Winchester is celebrating it's new arrival. This baby pygmy hippo is just ten days old and she was born to mum Wendy and dad Nato. Staff are now asking the public to help them pick a name for the 6 kilo baby hippo.
Thirty-six brightly coloured rhinos have been sold at auction for a grand total of £124,700. The sculptures, which have been on display around Southampton and at Marwell Zoo, raised between two and four thousand pounds each.
This years Marwell Wildlife's Photographer of the Year was a tough competition, with judges being spoilt for choice.
Tom Way's 'Kingfisher Diving' beat off the tough competition to take the award 'Adult Overall Winner".
As well as winning the title, he also won a trip to Sweden with professional photographer Nick Garbutt as well as a range of photography equipment.
Tom said, "Normally all you see of a kingfisher is a flash of blue along the river bank."
This year's 'Junior Overall Winner' was Emily Sweetenham with her incredible close up of a bee.
She said, "I called it The Apian Way because it shows bees at work. It's taken at a National Trust property in Stourhead."
Animal keepers at Marwell Zoo have announced the arrival of a female Hartmann’s zebra - the first for 16 years. This stripy long legged foal is now a week old and is an important animal for the future of the species.
The playful youngster was born overnight on Tuesday September 24 to first time parents Libra (Mum) and Gounzo (Dad). Keepers have named the little foal Luna, which follows a 'space' theme for Hoofstock baby names this year.
The lemurs at Marwell Zoo have been keeping cool with special iced treats. Look at those eyes!
Video. Dozens of rhinos are about to be released on to the streets of Southampton. Don't panic though, they're not real.
The sculptures are part of a project to highlight the threat faced by rhinos in the wild, as Martin Dowse explains.