Last month we
said farewell to one of our zoo
favourites. Shawn, the Brazilian Tapir was the first
animal Zoo Manager Tim bought to Folly Farm, so it was a
particularly sad day for the zoo team but definitely a move which
should be celebrated for all that Shawn has done for the
European Endangered Species Breeding
Pastures New - Heading for Knowsley Safari
Two of Shawn's offspring Cavalo and Jerramiah, both boys,
have gone with him to their new home in the fabulous
Knowsley Safari Park where they will be much loved
and a big hit with the visitors as they have been here in
Love Match - Shawn and Sommer
Shawn and Sommer's love story will go
down in Folly Zoo legend. When we took delivery of Sommer we
were told by the zoo which loaned her to us that they suspected she
was infertile as they had tried to breed from her
several times with different partners to no avail. It would
seem it was the choice of partner that was the problem or maybe the
clean Welsh air did the trick, as Shawn and Sommer went on to
produce the largest, familial breeding group of Tapirs in Europe
with five offspring.
Family Album - Shawn, Sommer and four of their five
Folly Farm's contribution to the
captive breeding programme for this endangered species has been
significant and we are proud to be sending Shawn and his male
offspring to Knowsley in order that we can eventually continue our
breeding efforts with a new partner for Ligea and Yarah, Shawn
and Sommer's daughters, and with their genes there's bound to be
even more Tapir births at Folly Farm.
Cavalo - Shawn and Sommer's third baby and the first male
Tapir to be born in Wales
Well we're super excited to announce that we'll be offering
Penguin and Giraffe Experiences on the zoo next
They'll make the perfect present for animal lovers or aspiring
zoo keepers and you may even get to meet me!
Find out more information about the Zoo Keeper
Experiences by clicking here.
It could be you feeding browse to our Giraffes or fish to our new
There are strange goings on at the zoo this Halloween.
Enrichment activities have taken on an eerie guise with Pumpkins
full of tasty treats.
Enrichment is an important part of good animal welfare. We
often provide the zoo animals with unusual objects with food hidden
inside as a means of stimulating their senses and interest and
Halloween pumpkins provide the perfect vessels for this.
The Cusimanse enjoy
investigating a Pumpkin stuffed
with fruit, seeds and gum.
There's much excitement on the zoo as the first week of our Five
Weeks of Fundraising gets under way. This week we're raising
funds for Wildlife Vets International, just
one of the conservation charities we support. The money
raised will go towards their Amur Leopard Reintroduction project
which provides vets to perform health checks on the remaining 25
Amur Leopards in the wild ahead of the reintroduction of a captive
You can find out more information about the Amur Leopard
Project at Wildlife Vets International
And you can help the cause by donating during a visit to
Folly Farm or through WVI's Textgiving facility;
Text "WILD05 £1" to 70070
Text donations are brought to you by JustGiving's partnership with
Vodafone. Thanks to Vodafone, there is no fee and 100% of
donations goes to your charity. It's a massive commitment to
the third sector and JustGiving is proud have forged this exciting
and unique partnership.
I'm pleased to be able to update you that Pedra, our
hand-reared Capybara, was released this morning
into her own enclosure next to the Tamarin
Monkeys. She is settling well into her new home and visitors
will now be able to see her at close quarters!
Much excitement on the zoo with the addition of these new
animals...they don't move much but they're providing visitors with
a huge amount of fun!
Why not upload your Meerkat photo to our Facebook page or tag
Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo when you upload
it to your page?
We're feeling tree-riffic on the zoo at the moment. As
part of our conservation programme we've
planted 500 fast-growing Willow trees on a spare stretch of
land behind the reindeer enclosure with the aim of working
towards self-sufficiency in browse for our five Giraffes.
The Giraffes currently have four browse poles per day and they
are munching their way through our current Willow stock!
As a responsible zoo, sustainability is top of
mind so we are looking to the future by undertaking this
tree planting project.
Based on a three year cycle, dictated by the Willow
tree growth rate, the first row of browse will be ready for
coppicing after two years, then we will move onto the second row
and third rows in subsequent years and by year five the first
row will have grown enough again for us to repeat the
Watch this space for further tree news...this blog post has the
potential to grow and grow ;-)
Wow can't see the wood for the trees!
Hello, Zoo Keeper Tim here! So successful are our
Cusimanse at breeding we've had to build them a
new home...expecting their fourth litter since
their arrival at Folly Farm two Summers ago, the Cusimanse had
outgrown their old enclosure.
Their new enclosure, a very well appointed
detached home offers them under floor heating, a
viewing platform and access to a vast backyard!
Folly Farm's visitors will now be able to go inside their
enclosure and view the Cusimanse from a glass-fronted
platform giving access to these cute creatures whether they are in
Spacious family home...
...with open-plan living room...
...and access to a spacious backyard!
Hello Zoo Keeper Shelly here! I thought you might enjoy
watching this video of the Kookaburra's on my
section. Us keepers are always trying to think up
new enrichment activities to keep our
animals stimulated and this fake snake provided the Kookaburras
with endless fun!
They swooped down as soon as they spotted it and then made sure
it really wasn't real by shaking it in their beaks. Perfect
example of the natural behaviour you'd see in
the wild which just shows how well they have settled since joining
us from London Zoo a couple of months ago.
It only seems like last week that I was blogging about the
arrival of the adorable Cusimanse babies...well
there's more! Last week we had another four of these slender-nosed
mongoose born making a bumper group of eleven!
Click here to see a short
video of these little cuties and hear them happily
I'll keep you updated on their progress!