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Adorable baby giraffe hand reared by keepers after mother rejects him

The calf was rejected by his mother Janica Credit: Paignton Zoo

Staff at Paignton are making room for a new arrival after the arrival of this adorable giraffe.

The Rothschild calf was born to mother Janica on Thursday, but after rejecting him, he is now being hand-reared by keepers.

The baby giraffe, who has not yet been named, is already nearly six feet tall and will need to be fed four times a day.

He could need milk for up to nine months.

The calf could need milk for up to nine months Credit: Paignton Zoo

He has taken milk from us, he is getting the hang of it.

He is separated from the group but can see them all, for the first few days it is important to keep him separate to allow him to bond with the keepers so he feels comfortable enough to feed from them.

As soon as possible he will be reintroduced to the herd so he doesn’t forget he is a giraffe!

– Senior Keeper Craig Gilchrist
The amount of gold top milk the calf will take in a day.
The baby will take in around 10 per cent of his body weight in milk each day.

His father, Yoda, came from Givskud Zoo in Denmark, and arrived at Paignton in September 2006. Janica came to the zoo from Duvr Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic.

Credit: Paignton Zoo


Rare West African monkey born in Devon

The baby has yet to be named. Credit: Paignton Zoo

A rare monkey from an endangered species has been born at Paignton Zoo.

The male cherry-crowned mangabey was born in the early hours of last Sunday, and has been seen spending time with his mother Kibibi, father Yengo and brother Kumba.

His species his native to tropical West Africa, where it lives in large groups of up to 25. Cherry-crowned mangabeys are endangered by deforestation and the bushmeat trade, but also live in protected areas, including the Omo Forest Reserve in Nigeria, where Paignton Zoo supports a conservation project.

The baby has spending time with his family. Credit: Paignton Zoo


Orangutans at home on the tightrope

Orangutans in Paington Zoo have been treating visitors to an extra special show - by walking a tightrope.

Take a look at some of the pictures below which show Mali and her toddler Tatau balancing 20ft above the ground:

Not exactly a walk in the park... Credit: Paignton Zoo
Mali uses her long arms to balance Credit: Paignton Zoo
Two year old Tatau was also getting the hang of things Credit: Paignton Zoo
Lending a helping hand Credit: Paignton Zoo

"That's my spot!" Crocodile tussles with terrapin at Paignton Zoo

This terrapin refused to budge Credit: Abigail Hewings / Paignton Zoo.

A crocodile at Paignton Zoo found an effective way of resolving the problem when he found somebody sat in his favourite spot.

The West African dwarf crocodile simply sat on top of his companion - a red-eared terrapin.

The photograph captures the quietly-determined tussle as the two battled it out for space under one of the heat lamps.

We have multiple basking spots in the enclosure to prevent competition and allow plenty of choice, so why they decided to climb over each other, I don’t know!

– Mike Bungard, curator of Lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates

The pair live in the Zoo’s Reptile Tropics exhibit and are usually on good terms.

Decorated rhinos coming to Paignton Zoo

40 birghtly coloured models will be placed around Exeter and Torbay to raise money next summer Credit: ITV News

A herd of multicoloured, decorated rhinos are coming to Paignton Zoo next summer to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Following in the footsteps of the Great Gorilla trail in 2013, Exeter and Torbay will be adorned with 40 models to raise awareness of the rhino's plight and their critically endangered status.

The money raised will go towards saving them.

Rare King colobus monkey born at Paignton Zoo

King colobus monkeys are listed as a vulnerable species. Credit: Paignton Zoo/PA Wire

A rare King colobus monkey has been born at Paignton Zoo.

The animal, which has not been named yet, was born on Saturday to proud parents Martin and Ivy.

The baby is currently pure white but will eventually develop the distinctive black markings of the King colobus when it is about a month old.

The new arrival is important, as there are only six collections in Europe holding King colobus.

The species is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as vulnerable. It is threatened by habitat destruction and hunting for food.


King colobus monkeys, which weigh less than 1kg at birth, mainly eat leaves and spend all of their lives in tree tops.

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