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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’.

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Rhinos fetch more than £100,000 at auction

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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."

Endangered zebra born at Hampshire zoo

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The foal, Luna, is now a week old Credit: Marwell Zoo

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.

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Want to name this baby giraffe?

Can you help name this baby giraffe? Credit: Philip Joyce

Can you help name this baby giraffe? He's one of Hampshire's newest arrivals but he's lacking a moniker.

Visitors at Marwell wildlife park are being asked to help, by voting on what to call him.

The new arrival is mum Matilda's seventh calf and she is keeping a close eye on the youngster as he explores his new home.

The park’s giraffes have had a successful year of breeding with the arrival of Ruby a female giraffe in January and Olympia another female giraffe, being born in August.

Can you help name this baby giraffe? Credit: Philip Joyce

The possible names for the baby giraffe, born a week ago, are:

Mosi (meaning 'seventh child'), Tumani (meaning 'hope'), Dubaku (meaning 'seventh child'), Ndwiga (Kikuyu origin meaning 'giraffe'), Nsoah (Akan origin meaning 'seventh born').

Cast your vote here.

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