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New Arrivals at Exmoor Zoo

Theres always something new to see at Exmoor Zoo

With Exmoor Zoo, learning is fun. We offer many different ways for you to find out more about the wonderful world of animals.

Just arrived after 3 years of planning and construction are our African Wild dogs! A trio of young girls they are on display in the new area of the zoo just below the playground and the side of the central lake.

African Wild dogs In long grass

These dogs are probably one of the most important species we will be ever able to look after as potentially they could be the next dog species in the wild to become extinct. We are proud to be able to care for them and become memebers of the European breeeding programme. Click this link to follow our  local newspapers story about them. NDJ

Two Palawan leopard cats hiding inside their enclosure

Leopard cats. Just out of quarantine we have these very pretty and very rare Palawan leopard cats in time for Easter 2014! This is an unrelated pair from Avalon zoo in the Phillipines and along with Berlin Zoo these animals will form the start of a breeding progamme for this delightful little cat. Usually nocturnal we hope with a little care that we can get them to put in regular appearances during the day once their enclosure in the zoo has been created! They are very shy and secretive though and until a new purpose built home is made in the zoo it is going to be very difficult to see them!

Eastern black & white colobus perched in the branches of a tree

Eastern black & white colobus.This is an image of one of our two young male colobus monkeys that have come to us from Banham zoo in the summer of 2013. Often called mantled guezera the brother's will grow up with us for another two or three years and eventually they will be paired to form new troops at different zoos.

Several new species of captive bred birds have recently arrived at the zoo courtesy of Blackbrook Zoological Gardens and Ibisring in Belgium these will be on display from spring 2014. These are images of (respectively) our flock of pink backed pelicans, little bittern and southern bald ibis

Flock of pink backed pelicans swimming in lake little bittern bird at night hiding in amongst the grass southern bald ibis bird perched inside enclosure

We have also just recently completed a series of 4 new enclosed aviaries next to our wallabies in the bottom section of the zoo. On exhibit are our new pair of Wattled cranes from Wisbroek breeding centre in Holland.

Side view of male Wattled crane

Wattled crane.This is an image of our cock bird and quite clearly shows the wattles these birds have and are named after! The pair are 6 years of age this year (2014) and could breed for the first time this spring!

A Johnsons chameleon climbing a branch

Chameleons. Johnsons chameleons to be specific! This is an image of  one of the individuals currently residing at the zoo in the encounter zone. All these lizards were seized by the Belgian Customs in May 2012 and were due to be destroyed. Five UK zoos have found enclosures for them and this is hoped to be the start of a captive breeding program.

Two Arabian sand cats stay warm under a heat lamp

Arabian sand cats. These two brothers born in 2010 arrived and were officially on exhibit for the New year of 2012 . The enclosure is a purpose designed Egyptian pyramid that has collapsed mimicking at least part of their natural habitat. We hope to eventually get a female from the European breeding Programme and rehome one of the two boys. The animals originate from the Rare Species Conservation Centre at Sandwich, Kent and were imported into the UK through rabies quarantine with the intention of adding more genetic diversity to the stud book. They were born in cativity at a private collection in Saudi Arabia. They are absolutely adorable and virtually on show all the time as they are very inquisitive and extremely photogenic!

A pair of Pekin Robins perched in their enclosure

Pekin Robins. Traditionally called Pekin Robins today these lively and very hardy little birds have been re-classified and named as Red-billed leiothorix. Our three pairs on exhibit were Belgian Customs seizures (illegally imported) and are part of a European breeding program run by Bristol Zoo. UK zoo's took many of these birds from the seizure as they were about to be destroyed and we are proud to be part of the programme to preserve this species.


A male caracal exploring his new large open enclosure

Caracal. This is an image of "Lynxie" our male caracal just after he finished quarantine. He had a slightly younger lady also in quarantine and both these animals are now on exhibit in the zoo (May 2012). Both animals were born in private collections in Europe and are being brought into our collection to keep the species on exhibit in UK zoo's, as very few animals of this species remain and most are now elderly. These cats are diurnal and habituated around people so we are hoping they will interact well with our visitors this summer. It is a lovely big outside area they have as well as a new house all of which has replaced the old guinea pig enclosure.


Young Maned wolf in rabies quarantine

Maned wolf. The zoo has displayed Maned wolves since April 2004. Inca came to us a part of a European breeding programme co-operation. He finally died due to bladder cancer on the 30.07.2011. This image is one of the two new lads doing their rabies quarantine out in the zoo's Maned wolf enclosure. Known as "Half tail" the two brothers have come from Parken Zoo in Eskilstun in Sweden. Born in December 2010 they are still, very young and growing - entirely different facially from our Maned wolf "Inca" who had all the old grey hairs of age around his face. The two lads are enjoying the pen and have been trying to catch the voles that run through the matted long winter grass. Normally nocturnal, one of the brothers is usually asleep in the outside cave in the enclosure and on view tthrough the viewing glass most of the day.