Beale Park

Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 9NH

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News Archive

Below are the news reports for Beale Park, covering significant events concerning the animal collection, such as births, arrivals, departures, and deaths.

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Birth: June 2012

A baby Meerkat has been born to first-time mum Tillie.

Birth: May 2012

A baby Striated Caracara has been born.

Birth: 5 January 2012

Several recent births, including Cameroon Sheep, and a baby male goat to mum Riana.

Arrival: 5 January 2012

New animal species for this year include Northern Tree Shrews, which will reside in the Pets Area, and Banded and Dwarf Mongoose. Some of these have already arrived, but are being held off-show until warmer weather allows them to be introduced to their new enclosures.

Birth: 24 December 2011

Baby female Alpaca born, to mum Inka.

Birth: 8 September 2011

Baby Yellow Mongoose twins have been born, to mum Matilda. They are believed to have been born in July, but have only now started to emerge from their burrow accompanied by their parents. These are the first of this species to have been born at the Park.

Birth: 21 March 2010

Rosie and Sam the Ring-Tailed Lemurs have given birth to triplets - the first at the park and a rare occurrence for the species. Singles are the norm in the wild while twins are fairly common in captivity - Rosie herself has produced twins for the last 2 years..

Birth: 2 July 2009

Three baby Red Breasted Geese have hatched, the first of their kind to be born at the park for five years.

Birth: July 2009

Seven Madagascar Teal ducklings have hatched, great news for this endangered species, one of 12 duck species on the endangered list.

Arrival: June 2009

A pair of Cotton Top Tamarins called Mogwai and Gizmo have arrived from Marwell Zoo, as part of a breeding programme.

Arrival: June 2009

A group of eight young female Coatis have arrived from Marwell Zoo, and have moved in with the new Racoons..

Arrival: April 2009

A group of four Racoons have arrived from Newquay Zoo, and are now on display in their new enclosure.

Birth: Spring 2009

Four baby Pygmy Goats (including a set of twins), five baby Ouessant sheep, and four baby Cameroon Sheep have been born.

Birth: 21 March 2009

Twin baby Ring-Tailed Lemurs have been born, the second set for mum Rosie

Birth: July 2008

Several peafowl chicks have been born, to two different mothers, and they can be seen following their mothers as they roam around the Park.

Birth: July 2008

A baby Pygmy Goat called Martimite has been born, to first-time mum Sierra.

Birth: July 2008

Two Rhea chicks have hatched, to different mothers. They are being hand-reared after being left to fend for themselves.

Birth: July 2008

Twin Red-Handed Tamarins have been born, to parents Marvin and Michelle, who only joined the Park last year.

Arrival: Winter 2008

A pair of Capybaras, called Peggy-Sue and Boris, have arrived.

Arrival: April 2007

The latest arrivals include a group of Yellow Mongooses, a pair of Tamarins, and a pair of Marmosets.

Birth: April 2007

A baby male Alpaca, and a Ushant lamb have been born.

Birth: April 2007

Twin baby Ring-Tailed Lemurs born, to parents Rosie and Sam. These are the first baby lemurs since the group arrived in December 2005.

Birth: March 2007

Emu chicks have been born.

Birth: 29 July 2006

Baby Cameroon Sheep called Tommy born.

Birth: Summer 2006

Baby Berkshire Pig born.

Three baby British Giant Rabbits born.

Four baby meerkats born, the first to be born in their new enclosure.

Four baby Pygmy Goats born.

Six new Peacock chicks born, to two hens.

Arrival: Summer 2006

Twenty four Guinea Pigs have arrived in Pets Corner.

Arrival: Summer 2006

Family of Kunekune pigs (mum, dad, and 4 piglets) arrived from Merrist Wood Agricultural College. To remain at Beale Park until September.

Two ponies, Bubble and Squeak, also visiting from Merrist Wood.

Five new Rheas have arrived to join the existing flock.

Four Prairie Dogs have arrived, and taken up residence in the old meerkat enclosure. They are to get a new enclosure in 2007.

Arrival: 31 May 2006

The new Ring-tailed Lemurs' enclosure has now been officially opened.

Move: Spring 2006

The family of 4 meerkats have moved to their new, larger enclosure.

Birth: November 2005

Two rare Mountain Peacock Pheasant chicks born, making Beale Park one of only two facilities in the UK to have successfully bred this endangered species. The chicks will be reared in the Park until their first birthday, when they will be moved to another collection for exchange of bloodline, to help the international Studbook breeding programme.


Where possible, the dates given are for the event itself, but some zoos do not make this information available, when the date of announcement is used instead.

Seasons: Winter = Jan - Mar, Spring = Apr - Jun, Summer = Jul - Sept, Autumn = Oct - Dec.

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