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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.

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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’.

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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Endangered zebra born at Hampshire zoo

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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