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— Chester Zoo (@chesterzoo) 2 February 2018
The tiny Philippine spotted deer fawn recently made her first public appearance, alongside proud parents Tala and Bulan.
Our new arrival – a species listed as endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s red list – is the latest to be born to an acclaimed conservation breeding programme. This vital programme was set up at the request of the Philippine government – and is working to ensure a healthy and genetically viable back-up population of the animals in Europe.
Every Philippine spotted deer birth is very special indeed. Globally, this is a species that is under severe threat, pushed to the very brink by a rapidly expanding human population and increasing levels of illegal poaching and habitat destruction. We won’t stand back and let a beautiful animal like this simply disappear forever though. The zoo is, crucially, fighting to protect the Philippine spotted deer in its homeland, while the arrival of this calf is another significant and important step in the conservation of the species and for the back-up population in Europe. With every new arrival we are able to gather more and more vital information.Mum Tala has done a fabulous job up to now and her fawn is looking strong, with a fantastic healthy coat featuring prominent white spots and striking blue eyes. We’re ever so pleased with her.
To discover more about our conservation work in South East Asia, head over to our Act for Wildlife website.