Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, has welcomed two female giraffes. The endangered Rothchild species have been brought in as part of a breeding programme designed to boost the dwindling numbers.
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park has welcomed two female giraffes that were endangered in the wild.
The female giraffe travelled from Woburn Safari Park on Thursday morning and Port Lymphe will join an exclusive group of 14 institutions in the UK to hold Rothschild giraffes.
Adrian Harland, Animal Director said: "We are delighted to be accepted as part of this breeding programme. There are so few Rothschild giraffes in the wild that programmes like this one are essential. I hope, with the arrival of the male Rothschild that we will soon have the patter of tiny hooves."
Kent's biggest wildlife park has welcomed two female Rothschild giraffe that were endangered in the wild.
Two giraffes have arrived at Port Lymphe Wild Animal Park as part of a breeding programme to boost a decreasing number of giraffes in the wild.
Primate keepers at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park handed out lolly treats as temperatures soared into the 30s.
Monkey keepers at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent say they've enjoyed "a welcome ray of sunshine" with this brightly coloured addition to one of their Javan langur groups.
The apricot infant was born during some of the harshest weather to hit the county in years – and keepers are delighted at how the little arrival is progressing, their just not sure of its sex.
Simon Jeffrey, animal manager said: "Due to the cold weather we have not yet been able to tell if it is a boy or a girl – as mum has been keeping her youngster very close to her chest.
"It’s too early to tell yet whether this baby will develop a darker colouring."
Javan Langurs are listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red list of endangered species and they face the same threats as other primates in Asia, including loss of habitat and hunting.
The Aspinall Foundation, which runs two wildlife parks in Kent, is appealing for volunteers to help guard its herds of black rhino, after being warned by police that its parks are being targeted by poachers. It is believed to be the first time they have plotted raids in the UK.
Black rhino are critically endangered and have been hunted to the brink of extinction in the wild. Poachers are thought to have targeted the Port Lympne and Howletts Wild Animal Parks in Kent, as home to one of the world's most important collection of black rhinos, outside Africa.
Mr Aspinall said he would also like to ask visitors to Howletts and Port Lympne to report any suspicious behaviour to staff and volunteers. The Aspinall Foundation is one of the most successful breeders of black rhino. In the last seven years, the foundation has seen 33 successful births.
Security has been stepped up at wildlife parks in Kent in response to a plot to hunt rhinos. Police were tipped off that the animals are set to be targeted at Howletts and Port Lympne animal parks.
Poachers in Africa regularly shoot rhinos to make off with their horns, which are highly valued for alternative medicine in parts of Asia. The parks have called for volunteers to help them carry out 24-hour patrols, while police have also stepped up surveillance.
Rhino horn is worth £65,000 a kilo, which makes it more valuable than cocaine, heroin and gold. Two men were jailed after a failed bid to steal a rhino head from a museum in Norwich in February last year.
There are 20 black rhinos at the parks, out of just 45 in the whole of Europe.
A wildlife park in Kent is being targeted by animal poachers. The Aspinall Foundation which runs the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park says they've recieved a warning from the police over their world famous herds of black rhino.
The park is home to the most important collection of black rhinos, outside Africa. It's believed to be the first time that poachers have plotted raids in the UK.
These African painted dog pups are the first to be born in England for five years and have made their debut before the cameras at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Ashford. Jenny Line reports.