Newquay Zoo has recently celebrated the birth of a Philippine spotted deer one of the rarest deer species in the world.
This small deer species is also known as Prince Alfred’s deer or Visayan spotted deer, is native to the Philippines and classified as endangered. There are thought to be fewer than 2,500 left in the wild due to hunting and deforestation, which makes the work of breeding programmes like the one a Newquay zoo important for the species survival.
Keeper Tracey Twomey said: “With the Philippine spotted deer being one of the most globally threatened deer species, each birth is extremely important for the conservation of the species. Mother and baby are doing very well, both are strong and healthy. We look forward to seeing this little one grow up and hopefully have little ones of her own.”