Bristol Zoo Gardens - 2017 round-up

What a year 2017 was, with hundreds of births and hatchings over the past 12 months.

One of our biggest achievements has been the hatching of 1,123 Desertas Island wolf spiders - one of the rarest spiders on earth. Our team in Bug World bred these Critically Endangered spiders in a world first last summer.

Many of the spiderlings have now moved to other animal collections around Europe to establish new breeding groups to further safeguard a species on the brink of extinction.

Other notable arrivals have included Ayana the baby western lowland gorilla born last April. Despite being just eight months old, she is already an energetic young toddler and growing fast.

Pichiku the hand-reared red titi monkey has flourished after being cared for round-the-clock by a small team of keepers after his mother died giving birth in spring.

The birth of five eastern quolls, six turquoise dwarf geckos, three emerald tree monitor lizards, six-banded armadillo twins, a drill baby, nine box turtles and two bangaii cardinalfish in the aquarium have also been celebrated.

The bird keepers alone had a hugely successful year caring for the 90 new chicks that hatched throughout 2017.

John Partridge, senior curator of animals at Bristol Zoo, “As we look ahead to 2018, it’s important to reflect on the previous year and see what we can learn going forward. I am immensely proud of everything that the animal teams have achieved in 2017 and I’m looking forward to all the new arrivals that 2018 will bring.”

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents. 


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