Critically endangered calf puts a spring in our step!

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23/03/2016

We're off to fantastic start for our spring baby boom season after the safe arrival of a critically endangered two-humped Bactrian Camel, whose wild cousins are on the brink of extinction.

The male calf was born after a 13-month gestation on March 4th and has been named Clyde by keepers.

He is being reared by his mother, Kara-may who lives with his father Sid in a herd of 8 camels at Blackpool. In the coming weeks he will start to venture out in the paddock and meet his relatives.

Spring has certainly sprung at the zoo with new babies being born across the park including capybara, squirrel monkeys, lemurs, black headed lambs and much more.

Adam Kenyon, Section Head of Large Mammals, said: “The entire team were delighted to when Clyde was born as his species teeters on the brink of extinction in the wild. Spring is always a joyous season here at Blackpool Zoo as we welcome new life across all our sections. Kara-may has done a fantastic job of rearing Clyde and we are certain he will be a big hit with the public this year.

Fewer than 600 Bactrian Camels are thought to survive in the wild, with the population decreasing due to habitat loss and hunting by farmers in their native Gobi and Taklimakan deserts of Mongolia and Xinjiang.

Bactrian Camels have two humps, whilst the Dromedary Camel has just one. 

The health of our zoo family, which includes our visitors, staff and animals, is our top priority. In light of the advice from Public Health England and the government, we have closed Blackpool Zoo at until further notice.

Please be assured that our dedicated keeper team will continue to provide the best care for our animals during the closure.

If you’ve booked tickets for any day during this closure, you can exchange them for any other date in 2020 or we can provide a refund. Please send your booking details to tickets@blackpoolzoo.org.uk.

We’ll keep you informed through our website and social media channels. We apologise for any disappointment and thank you for your patience.

We really look forward to welcoming you back to Blackpool Zoo when we re-open.

Stay safe everyone.