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Eva the penguin passes away at Marwell Zoo

Eva passed away after developing the infection, Aspergillosis Credit: Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo has announced that their 16-year-old Humboldt penguin, Eva, has passed away.

Eva was diagnosed with Aspergillosis, an infection that can affect water birds especially during the colder months. Veterinary teams immediately attempted emergency investigations and treatment but despite their best efforts Eva passed away.

During her time at Marwell, Eva successfully raised five chicks including two males, Lurch and most recently Seaweed, who hatched last year.


'Doing bird' - squirrel in bird cage pic wins award

Roger Clark's photo won the Cute & Funny prize Credit: Marwell Wildlife/Roger Clark

It's the photograph that won Chandlers Ford man, Roger Clark, an award.

He was one of a number of Hampshire photographers who entered Marwell Wildlife's annual photography competition.

Mr Clark's entry, called 'Doing Bird', pictured a squirrel who had squeezed into a bird cage, winning him the Cute & Funny prize.

Competition judges received hundreds of images over four categories - Native Wildlife, Cute and Funny, Marwell Zoo Residents and Marwell Zoo Endangered.

Winners in Marwell Wildlife’s Photographer of the Year competition Credit: Marwell Wildlife

Spectacular new exhibition at Marwell Zoo

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.

Leopard photo knocks spots off the competition

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.”

George's winning picture Credit: George Wheelhouse
A macaque monkeying about won the 'Cute and Funny' category Credit: Suzie Tanser

Rare leopard cub born at Marwell

The Amur leopard cub Credit: Marwell

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.


Zookeepers and animals are Happy like Pharrell

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’.

Rhinos fetch more than £100,000 at auction

Rhinos assembled before charity auction in Southampton

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.

The money will go to three charities - Marwell Wildlife, The Rose Road Association & Wessex Heartbeat’s High 5 Appeal.

Beautiful photos taken for prestigious competition

This picture of a Kingfisher taken by Tom Way won "Adult Overall Winner" Credit: Tom Way
This close up of a bee won 15-year-old Emily Swettenham 'Junior Overall Winner' Credit: Emily Swettenham

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."

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