Belfast Zoo's newest arrivals soak up the sun
THE youngest members of the Belfast Zoo family could be seen out soaking up the sun today during one of the hottest days of the year so far.
The zoo, on the Antrim Road in north Belfast, is home to more than 150 species, has had huge success with its breeding programmes over the last year.
A giraffe calf was born earlier this month and two Darwin’s rhea chicks were hatched two weeks ago.
In February a François’ langur, named Xiwang (meaning ‘hope’ in Chinese), was born to parents Ajay and Nicolene and a baby anteater was born on December 22 to parents Pancho and Kara.
Zoo curator, Alyn Cairns said: "The work that we carry out, as a modern zoo, is so important.
"Not only are our latest arrivals lovely for the staff and visitors to see but we are home to some of the world's most endangered species and our role in their future survival is becoming even more critical.
"We work collaboratively with zoos around the world and take part in more than 90 breeding programmes and these births demonstrate our continued success."