New baby Lechwe (African Antelope)

Despite being born at wrong time of year, our new baby Lechwe has survived thanks to the unseasonably mild weather, and parents that are now so tame that they sleep in the shed with the baby. Now two weeks old! A much happier time for us, as sadly last year a baby born in January…

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Pygmy goats

Normally Pygmy goats produce twins, this is the first time that one of our goats has had triplets.  Pygmy goats can produce kids at any time of year and can have multiple births.  Five is the usual limit.  We try to control the breeding by removing the Billy goat so that kids are not born…

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Meerkat escape

This morning the eight adult Meerkats were discovered out of their enclosure and running round the top paddock.  They had tunnelled under their wall and under the path and came up inside the Lynx stand off barrier.  We had to dig down to the tunnel which was quite deep and concrete it.  The Meerkat were…

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Meerkat Mountain

Last week the Meerkats all escaped by tunnelling out of their enclosure.  We brought in a digger and removed all the soil from inside the enclosure, then we wired and concreted the bottom.  Then we replaced the soil. The Meerkats have been kept in a room in the Monkey House and they are not happy. …

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Lucy, the Nile crocodile

Lucy came here on the 1st July, we collected her from a private collection in Chipping Norton where she had outgrown her enclosure. She had been kept indoors on her own all her life, but  has settled down here very well and seems to enjoy the company of the turtles and fish in her enclosure. …

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Eurasian Beaver family

The Eurasian Beaver family escaped from their enclosure and were found swimming round the Fish pond.  They ate the Water lilies and reeds and damaged the lining so that the pond leaked.  We then let them go to a land owner who had two female beavers and a nice big lake.  They are very happy…

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Ring Tailed Lemurs

These baby Ring tailed lemurs were collected from Northumberland college last November.  They were surplus as the parents start to breed again soon.  They are very pretty and friendly.  They are also very lively and love to leap around their enclosure, they have lots of high shelves to run around on.

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New Ponies

A twelve year old black Shetland pony mare has been donated to the Animalarium by a friend of a member of staff.  The pony’s name is Serena and we call her Rene for short.  She is sweet tempered and will be used for pony rides when she has watched Buddy for a while and sees…

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Ronnie the Raccoon

Thelma the female Raccoon has been on her own since Stanley died.  He was very old.  We now have a new partner for her and she is very pleased.  When they first met she licked his nose, which is a raccoon kiss!

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new baby Meerkats

We saw Zena the day before she gave birth.  She was laying on her back. leaning against another Meerkat with her belly exposed.  We could see that she was due, and the next day we did not see her at all.  Then she appeared and we could see that she had had her babies.  They…

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new baby Marmosets

The father cares for the babies, he carries them on his back, passing them to the mother for feeding.

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Extending the Leopard enclosure

Rajah the African Leopard now has a new extension to his enclosure.  This has doubled the size of his domain and he is very pleased with it. He watched the building activity with great interest and we are sure that he understood exactly what was going on.  When the enclosure was finished and the sliding…

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New birds at the Animalarium

We have had several species of bird arrive here this summer.  The Azure winged Magpies and the partridge are in a new Aviary next to the Demoiselle cranes by the Car park.  Thes intelligent and inquisitive birds are most amusing to watch as they forage and dig the ground for insecr food. The Sandhill crane…

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Elvis the Skunk

Elvis was an unwanted pet whose owner had to move house and could not take him.  He can be very affectionate if he is in the right mood but can also be quite grumpy.  He has been castrated and de-scented.   He knows his name and will come over when he is called but only…

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New pony

Rocky arrived today.  He is a four year old miniature Shetland pony stallion.  He was hand reared and kept as a pet.  Because he is still a stallion he is very self willed and he likes to bite. This is typical stallion behaviour, they can become quite dangerous if uncut.  However he is also a…

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MOVE THE LYNX

Nilly, the young female Eurasian Lynx that we helped hand rear is now three years old.  We are moving her from her small roofed enclosure into the big enclosure recently occupied by our two old Lynx, now deceased.  The new enclosure is large and has no roof.  Nilly is quite big now and heavy so…

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BABY COATIS

TWO BABY COATIS ARE BEING DONATED BY A COLLEGE AND ARE BEING DELIVERED ON THURSDAY, 21ST NOVEMBER.  THEY LOOK LIKE LIKE LITTLE TEDDY BEARS WITH A LONG NOSE AND A STRIPEY TAIL.  THEY ARE GOOD CLIMBERS.

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A VISIT FROM SANTA

If you visit the Animalarium in the winter months you will pay a much reduced entrance price, these reduced prices will apply until the end of February 2014. Lots of children visited Santa, on 20, 21 and 22 December between 1-3 o’clock.  Presents from Santa were given to every child.

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New twin monkeys

Our family of marmoset monkeys produced new twin babies on Christmas Eve.  The father can be seen carrying them on his back.  The father takes care of the babies in this species, only passing them to the mother for feeding.  Older male siblings may be allowed to carry the babies for a short while in…

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Baby goats born

A pygmy goat gave birth to twins on 2nd January.  The weather was bad and the mother and babies were shut into a corner of the goat shed while she was giving birth.  One baby was collapsed and cold and was taken indoors and given a hot water bottle and a blanket until it was…

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Rocky

Rocky, the miniature Shetland pony was castrated before Christmas and already his behaviour has improved, he rarely tries to bite and has learnt to run up to his stable and put himself away for the night and to return to the petting barn in the morning.  He goes out for walks and is learning to…

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Endangered Birds

Grey breasted Conures have a very small range in Brazil and are critically endangered.  They are close to extinction so any captive breeding is important to the survival of the species.  This pair are unrelated and we hope that they will breed next year.  They have settled well in their aviary.

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Sandhill Crane

 We have obtained a mate for the Sandhill Crane, it is a young female.  They have made friends already and have started calling together.  She is not yet mature but he is prepared to wait!

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Update on Rocky

Rocky, the miniature Shetland pony has learnt to wear a saddle and pannier bags.  He is led through the back way through to Borth sea front where he is tethered while the owners shop, then his pannier bags are loaded up and he carries the shopping home.  He walks well on long reins and is…

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Santa visits the Animalarium

Santa visited on Saturday 20th December and Sunday 21st December, from 12.00 until 2.00.  All children received a free present.  On Saturday there was a Carol Concert by the Machynlleth Wind Band.  Alan Mumbray, the Zoo owner, played with the band.  He plays tenor saxophone.

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Zoo Extension, the Lions are coming!

Last March we received planning permission to start our new Zoo extension.  The new car park and animal enclosures have been built on six acres of land by the river.  We will be receiving a pair of African Lions now their enclosure is finished.  We had a full Zoo inspection on the 17th November, which…

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Wallabies

We have received a new male Bennett’s wallaby from Manor house Zoo, and a new male Parma wallaby which we swapped for a female.  They have both settled in well and Manor house tell us that the female Parma wallaby that we donated to them has also settled in well.  When a new animal is…

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Very endangered birds produce eggs!

These birds are very endanged, with only about 250 living in the wild.  We are only the second zoo to breed thes beautiful little birds and we hope that they will hatch!

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15 year anniversary

We bought the Animalarium, now known as Borth Zoo in 2000 so this is our 15 year anniversary!  When we first moved into the bungalow, here at the Animalarium, it wasn’t a zoo but a rare breeds centre with sheep and poultry.  It also had a group of monkeys and lemurs so we increased this…

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Grey breasted conures now have chicks

We have used a special camera to photograph the Conure chicks in their nestbox.  There are five of them and we are very pleased and excited.  We are taking special care with their diet in hopes that she will rear all five. These very endangered birds rely on breeding in captivity in order to increase…

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Marmoset babies

Cotton eared Marmosets are very small monkeys.  They live in family groups and normally produce twins.  This June they produced triplets.  Often the third baby is not fed and gets dropped and dies but this experienced group have reared all three babies and we are very impressed with them.  In this species it is the…

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Lions at last

We have a pair of African lions coming from Noahs Ark Farm Zoo.  These lions have been ‘ours’ for the past year and we have been waiting for approval from the local licensing officer before we can accept them.  We have now fulfilled all the conditions and the lions will be arriving as soon as…

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Marmoset babies

I am pleased to say that the Marmoset triplets have all survived and are now half grown.  This group are stable and veryexperienced child rearers.  It is unusual that a group of marmosets manages to rear more than two babies as the mother only has two mammary glands, like a human and the babies sleep…

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The Lions are here

This young pair of African  lions arrive on the 11th August and were opened to view by the public on 17th August.  They are a very affectionate pair and often lay together cuddling and rolling over.  They are interactive with the customers and will come to see them as though the visitors are there for…

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Conure chicks

We are very pleased that the Grey breasted Conures reared all five of their chicks.  These are now fully fledged and flying about the aviary and have been sexed.  They are all going to Paradise Park, Cornwall who are specialists and will pair them with other chicks who are unrelated.

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Sandhill Crane

This weekend the owners went to Pensthorpe Conservation Trust to collect a male Sandhill Crane kindly donated as a companion for our lonely female.  He travelled well and has settled in happily.  The female has taken an interest in him and has shown no aggression.  When we are confident he will be released into the…

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Grey breasted Conures

The critically endangered Grey breasted Conure chicks produced and successfully reared by our breeding pair this summer have been donated to Paradise Park, Cornwall.  They were delivered there at the weekend and will join other chicks produced by Chester Zoo last year.  They will form unrelated pairs and increase the numbers of this species in…

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Wet lions!

It started to rain at the end of Ocober and just rained every day.  One of the lion paddocks, which happens to be their favourite became very muddy.  The lions started spending more time indoors.  Cats do not like wet and muddy conditions.  We obtained a lorry load of bark peelings and all the staff…

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Baby Bearded dragons

A lady brought in a cardboard box of 32 baby Bearded dragons and left them on the counter.  They had been bred from a pet couple of Beardies and were unwanted.  We reported this in newspapers and news programmes and received a magnificent response from our staff,  the general public, colleges and other zoos.  We…

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Bearded Dragons

The baby Bearded Dragons have all been successfully re-homed.  We delivered four of them to Midlands Safari park, four more went to a College, the rest went to private pet homes, we kept four ourselves.

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Von der Decken hornbills

We had a problem with a stoat in November so we took the breeding pair of Von der Decken Hornbills into the ‘Off display’ shed for their safety.  We have now predator proofed their enclosure and they are now back in it.  They are very happy to be out again and have been seen feeding…

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Emu are sitting

The Emu were moved from the original zoo in order to give the Parma wallabies more room.  They are now in a larger enclosure in the zoo extension.  They have about a dozen eggs and the male Emu is sitting on them.  He usually hatches out about 6 chicks and he is a very good…

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Easter Chicks

A customer kindly donated eggs from several different breed of hen who were running with a cockerel.  We incubated the eggs in an incubator and the chicks are on display.  They are different colours and are growing well, they have a heat lamp.  When they are grown we will give them back to the owner.

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The Coati are expecting!

The female Coati looks pregnant.  We have separated the male and he has a nestbox in the outside enclosure.  The female is young and we hope that she will be a good mother.  We would like a group of Coati and the plan is to move them into the zoo extension when they are old…

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Easter lamb

A local farmer donated a lamb which was one of triplets.  He called him ‘Tiddles’ because he was so small.  The mother could only cope with the two bigger lambs, Tiddles would probably not have survived in the field.  Although very small and thin, he is feeding well on a bottle and is quite strong.  We hope…

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Coati latest

We separated the male and female Coati by shutting the female in the house.  We gave the male an outside bedroom box.  The two babies were born at the beginning of April.  They were observed to have their eyea open on 22nd April.  We have now made a small outdoor area for the female to…

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Kookaburra

The female Kookaburra laid several clutches of eggs in the nestbox in 2014.  In 2015 we moved them to a new enclosure and removed the nestbox so that she could rest and improve her condition.  This year we have given them two nestboxes to provide choice and she is taking an interest in one of…

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Emu hatch!

The male Emu is sitting on eggs in the house in the Zoo extension.  He has fifteen eggs but we don’t expect them all to hatch.  The first chick was observed today.  When the Emu started sitting he had seven eggs but the female continued to lay eggs by him over the next ten days…

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baby Emu

The male Emu has hatched four babies.  Some of his eggs remained unhatched.  He tried to cover too many so some did not incubate successfully.  He takes all four out onto the grass and has taught them to feed.  The Emu are in the Zoo extension.

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new lynx

A young female Lynx was donated by Drayton Manor as she was surplus.  She unloaded quietly and the same evening was observed talking to Nilly through the wire.  There was no aggression.  If they become friendly we will let them in together after a week or so.  Nilly is very affectionate and we hope that…

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marmoset baby

The group of Marmosets by the kitchen have produced a single baby.  This species usually have twins.  Last time they had triplets.  This single baby is quite large and can be seen carried by the father.  The baby is passed to the mother for feeding.

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Coati

The twin Coati are now out of their nestbox and they are learning to climb the trees.  They started by climbing carefully and sometimes falling but after a couple of days they were racing about, playing and pushing each other.  The male has accepted them and there have been no problems.

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New Marmoset enclosure

This family group is now quite large and, as their enclosure was quite small we decided to turn the large aviary into a monkey enclosure.   It now has a new back wall, climbing apparatus and new planting.  There is a tunnel connecting the two enclosures and the monkeys run through the tunnel.  They had…

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Lynx kittens

Only two days after her arrival the new lynx produced three kittens.  The donating zoo did not realise that she was pregnant.  We were surprised to see that she had produced kittens.  We now have a lot of lynx.  We will be careful how we introduce the lynx to each other.  They will remain separate…

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