Animalia

Seven wolf cubs born at Longleat

KEEPERS at Longleat Safari Park are celebrating the arrival of seven tiny wolf pups. The bumper litter of European wolves, which were born last month, are being carefully looked after by mum Eliska and dad Jango. The protective parents periodically pick the cubs up and move them between three separate underground dens in their woodland…

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Lioness with a head for heights

FEARLESS Kiana is a lioness with a head for heights – the eight year old Longleat lioness climbed a 20 metre tall sycamore tree in the safari park. She seemed more like a mountain lion as she made short work of went up the giant tree in her wooded enclosure. Keepers say she has always…

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Donations help Little Terns at Chesil

THE Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has thanked members of the public for their generous support of a fund-raising appeal to run the annual Little Tern Recovery Project at Chesil Beach this summer. Each year from April to August the project protects Chesil Beach’s Little Tern colony from predators and disturbance, to give…

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Nightjars at Arne

THE Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has arranged a weekly series of walks to discover the elusive nightjars at the RSPB Arne nature reserve, on Thursday evenings in June and July, starting at 8pm. Ellie Sunderland, RSPB Arne visitor experience officer, says: “Experience one of our most mysterious birds in a stunning and…

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Emperor dragonflies at Tyntesfield

SPECTACULAR Emperor dragonflies are emerging from the ponds at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield estate during late May and early June each year. Emperor dragonflies (Anax Imperator) are Britain’s largest dragonfly species, with a wingspan of up to 10cm, and up to 100 new adults will shed their underwater skins and take off from the water….

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Dorset Wildlife Trust in February

FROM beavers to bug hunts, Dorset Wildlife Trust has a range of interesting activities in February, an invitation to get out in the fresh air, even if it is cold! For more information on DWT in general and on volunteering opportunities and working parties, visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk Saturday 9th – Brownsea members day, 11am-3pm, an exclusive…

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First sight of cheetah cubs

A QUARTET of cheetah cubs has ventured outside for the first time at Longleat Safari Park. The litter, born to mum Wilma and dad Carl, is the largest number of cubs ever raised at Longleat, and one of the biggest litters successfully reared in the UK in recent years. The quartet, which were born in…

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Hallowe’en fun for colobus monkeys

LONGLEAT’s newest arrivals, seven beautiful colobus monkeys, enjoyed some early Hallowe’en treats in the shape of carved pumpkins at their new home on an island in the middle of the lake. Originally from East Africa, the black and white old world monkeys’ diet is exclusively herbivorous; consisting of a mix of fruit, berries, leaves and…

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Jane brings her Otter’s Tale home

JANE Leakey, a familar face on the Somerset theatre scene, brings her Fat Cat Theatre Company to her home county on 27th October. She will be performing the family show An Otter’s Tale at the Blakehay Theatre in Weston super Mare at 3pm. Her “close encounters of the furred kind” show was commissioned by and…

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Longleat launches koala breeding programme

LONGLEAT is spearheading an international breeding and awareness-building programme for Australia’s iconic and increasingly threatened koala. Later this year the Wiltshire estate, which opened the world’s first drive-through safari outside Africa in 1966, will receive a group of up to six southern koalas from Cleland Wildlife Park in Adelaide. After spending time in quarantine the…

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