Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park

Lochfergue Plantation, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG6 4XX

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News Archive

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

Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park Details

Arrival: June 2012

Three Serval cats have arrived, having been donated by a private keeper.

Birth: May 2012

Asian Small-clawed Otter twins have been born.

Arrival: May 2012

A male Red Panda called Ruben has arrived from Paignton Zoo. To join the resident female as part of the European breeding programme.

Arrival: April 2012

A 12-year-old male Grey Wolf called Lupo has arrived from The Scottish Deer Centre, Fife, where he was no longer able to participate fully in the wolf pack.

Arrival: March 2012

A number of birds have arrived: a pair of Sandhill Cranes; a pair of Kookaburras; two male Red-breasted Geese; and a Striated (or Mangrove) Heron.

Birth: September 2011

A litter of Otter cubs have been born.

Birth: August 2011

Five baby Meerkats have been born.

Death: 10 July 2011

Frank the Eurasian Lynx has sadly died peacefully in his sleep. At 21 years old has was believed to be the oldest captive-born member of his species in the UK.

Birth: 16 April 2011

A baby Lowland Tapir called Georgina has been born.

Arrival: 15 March 2011

A female Amur Leopard Cat has arrived, having been confiscated by officials at Heathrow Airport.

Death: 16 January 2011

Cleo the Caracal Lynx has sadly died peacefully in her sleep . She was 11 years old and had been at the Park with her sister Clio since 2003.

Depart: December 2010

Cai and Laing, the young Red Pandas born in June 2009, have moved to Amiens Zoo, France and Artis Zoo, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. They have both joined new mates in the hope that they will form successful breeding pairs.

Birth: 10 July 2010

Four Asian Small-clawed Otter cubs have been born.

Arrival: 10 July 2010

A male Scottish Wildcat has arrived to join the existing female.

Birth: 19 June 2010

Two baby Meerkats have been born. They were actually born about 4 weeks ago, but are only now venturing out of their burrow.

Birth: 1 May 2010

A baby male North American Porcupine called Spike has been born.

Arrival: September 2009

A pair of Reeve's Pheasants has arrived. This species is listed as Vulnerable due to habitat loss and over-hunting (both for food and its exceptionally long tail feathers), with only around 2000 left in the wild, but is fairly common in captivity.

A female Temminck's Tragopan has also arrived, to join the existing male.

Arrival: August 2009

A pair of Siberian Mountain Weasels have arrived, from a Cambridgeshire zoo. The species is also known as Siberian, Kolinsky, or Himalayan Weasels.

Birth: 27 June 2009

A female Lowland Anoa calf called Mia has been born, the third for her mother in 5 years.

Birth: June 2009

Further births this year include Asian Small-clawed Otters and Tree Porcupine.

Birth: June 2009

Twin baby Red Pandas have been born.

Update: the cubs have now been named Cai (female) and Liang (male).

Birth: 1 May 2009

Spring births so far include two Red-Necked Wallaby joeys and three European Eagle Owl chicks.

Arrival: 5 April 2009

A pair of Asian Palm Civets has arrived.

Arrival: 14 February 2009

A female Brazilian Tapir has arrived and been introduced to the resident male.

Birth: 2 November 2008

Two Maned Wolf pups have been born. Good news for this endangered species, that is threatened by habitat loss.

Arrival: 23 October 2008

A male Temminck's Tragopan (a type of Pheasant) has arrived. It is hoped that a female will join him soon.

Depart: 22 July 2008

The female Lowland Anoa that was born last year has moved to Paignton Zoo on breeding loan.

Arrival: 23 April 2008

A male Bat-Eared Fox has arrived from Marwell Zoo. It is hoped that a female will join him soon.

Arrival: 7 September 2007

A pair of North American Tree Porcupines has arrived.

Birth: 15 July 2007

A female Lowland Anoa calf has been born. This is one of the smallest of wild cattle species, and is endangered in its native Sulawesi (Indonesia) due to habitat destruction and hunting; only a few thousand are left in the wild. This birth is therefore good news for the species, and the European breeding programme (EEP).

Birth: 9 June 2007

A Red Panda cub has been born. Good news for this species which is endangered by habitat destruction.

Birth: March 2007

Three Asian Short Clawed Otter cubs have been born, the first for the Park.


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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