Animals from Africa and the Philippines will be coming to Newquay Zoo in 2009. The African Savanna exhibit will be set in three acres of grassland including Wildebeest, Ostriches, and tusky Warthogs. Preparation has been going on throughout 2008.
The African Savanna is a major new development for Newquay Zoo and a fantastic opportunity to introduce a wide range of new species, as well as move the zebra and antelope into a bigger mixed species enclosure.
The new housing for the animals will be a fully insulated wooden building and it will incorporate 13 state of the art stalls and a food preparation area.
Newquay Zoo's Zebra by Michelle Turton
Adrian Hare Project Manager said: "This is our biggest development for over a decade and a lot of work has been going on during the last year. An external and internal animal fence have gone up over the summer months plus landscaping and drainage.
"We are now in the process of building the animal housing and creating a hard standing area for the animals."
Public viewing will be from a raised board-walk and provide some covered areas and information points.
John Meek Animal Collections Manager comments: "The animals will be coming from all over the UK and some from Europe and we expect to see the first of them arrive in January and February time."
See Wartypigs in 2009. Pic: Roland Wirth
Another new exhibit highlights some unusual Philippine species. The Visayan Warty Pig, Fishing Cat and Philippine Spotted Deer are all under threat and will become another important part of the breeding programmes at the Zoo.
Michelle Turton from Newquay Zoo said: "This is an exciting time for everyone, we are delighted that work is now well under way and the animal moves are planned ready for the New Year. It is going to be a big learning curve for us all with so many new species. I can't wait to see the warthogs running around the new field."
New stabling will be built for the Spotted Deer and Warty Pigs with a separate enclosure built for the Fishing Cats, with landscaping and tree planting to provide shade and enhance the new exhibit.
last updated: 08/12/2008 at 08:32
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