Easter arrivals at Belfast Zoo

Published Wednesday, 23 April 2014
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Belfast Zoo has welcomed a number of new arrivals over the Easter holidays.

Among the latest inhabitants is a set of twin Visayan warty piglets, who were born to mother, Mabel, and father, Malcolm.

Visayan warty pigs are the most critically endangered of all wild pigs and while they were once native to six islands within the Philippines they have already become extinct on four of them, due to deforestation and hunting.

There have also been new additions to the zoo farmyard with the arrival of two African pygmy goats to mother, Pixie, and father, Bandit.

African pygmy goats originate from West Africa and when fully grown they only measure between 50 to 63 centimetres in length.

Zoo manager, Mark Challis, said "Easter is always an exciting time at Belfast Zoo, whether you're shaking hands with an animal character, watching the penguins at feeding time or visiting the new arrivals, it is sure to be a super day out.

"It's been an exciting few weeks at the zoo with all of our new arrivals."

On Mother's Day this year Belfast Zoo also welcomed a new baby Western lowland gorilla to mother, Kamili (which means 'perfect' in Swahili) and father, Gugas.

This is the second arrival at the gorilla house in eight months as Baako, who was the first baby gorilla to be born at the zoo in 16 years, was born on last August.

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