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.