Knowsley Safari Park

Prescot, Merseyside L34 4AN

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News Archive

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

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Birth: June 2009

A baby Camel has been born, as has a North American Bison calf and an Ankole calf.

Two more Axis Deer calves have also been born, bringing this year's total up to 7.

Birth: May 2009

Four more Axis Deer calves have been born, making a total of 5 so far this year.

Birth: April 2009

Further births this year include:

4 Meerkats,

an Axis Deer,

another Baboon and more Pere David's deer.

Birth: April 2009

Two baby Marmosets have been born, along with 5 more Meerkats.

Birth: March 2009

Births so far this year include:

A Lechwe calf (28 March),

An Eland calf (31 March),

7 Pere David's calves,

and several baby Baboons.

Arrival: January 2009

Two baby Gambian Pouched Rats have arrived. They are known in their native Africa as 'hero' rats because they can be trained to use their very sensitive sense of smell to find land mines.

Birth: December 2008

A male baby Rhino has been born to mum Piglet, making the third birth in just 5 months.

Depart: November 2008

Following a very successful breeding season, 17 of the Pere David's Deer have been moved to a private deer park in the South of England.

Arrival: November 2008

A pair of young Meerkats have arrived, to form a second breeding group. They have already given birth to a litter of 3.

Birth: 7 October 2008

A second baby Rhino in just 3 months has been born, to mum Winnie. The baby is called Cara.

Birth: October 2008

Marmoset mum Rio has given birth to a second set of triplets. The third baby is again being hand-reared.

Birth: September 2008

Four Lion cubs have been born.

Birth: 28 July 2008

A baby male White Rhino has been born to mum Meru.

Birth: July 2008

Marmoset triplets have been born. Their mother only has two teats and only produces enough milk for two babies, so the third baby is being hand-reared..

Birth: October 2007

Seven more lion cubs have been born, to two separate mothers.

Birth: October 2007

Several baby Baboons have been born.

Birth: October 2007

The Forest Buffalo and several other hoofed species have given birth.

Birth: Summer 2007

Two Red-Footed Tortoises have hatched. It is hoped they will be joined by more from the other five eggs that have been incubating since February.

Arrival: 20 June 2007

Two Common Marmosets have arrived.

Arrival: 18 May 2007

Honey Bees have arrived, to create a new exhibit: Honey Bee Hut. Visitors can view the activity in the hives through glass windows.

Birth: May 2007

Four Bison calves have been born

Arrival: April 2007

A young female Red River Hog called `Princess' has arrived to join the resident boar. She was hand reared at Chester Zoo and has now settled in well.

Birth: 26 March 2007

Three lion cubs have been born

Treatment: February 2007

The young bull Elephant, Nissim, recently broke a tusk while sparring with one of the older females. This has resulted in him needing a two and a half hour operation to remove some infected tooth and filling the gap. Nissim is now back to his old self, but with a missing tusk.

Open: December 2006

The Lion and Tiger house has been replaced by a new one designed by the zoo's own staff. The old one has also been demolished.

Depart: 4 October 2006

Kruger the bull Elephant has moved to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park to join a new female Elephant herd.

Open: 3 October 2006

The new baboon house has now opened, and the baboons are loving it!

Birth: 20 September 2006

A female calf Rhino has been born, the third at the zoo within 12 months.

Birth: September 2006

The African Ankole Cattle are calving this month.

Escape: August 2006

Sally the blue and gold Macaw has returned after going missing for nearly 2 weeks. She flew off during a display and was eventually found by a couple in Kirkby in a tree opposite their house.

Birth: August 2006

Several babies have been born in the last few weeks, including and Axis Deer, a Nilgai antelope, and the Ostrich eggs have hatched naturally, without intervention by the keepers.

Arrival: June 2006

A pack of 12 African Hunting Dogs have arrived from Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Kent, and are settling well into their new enclosure near the Lions and Tigers.

Birth: 25 May 2006

The Bison have started to give birth to their calves

Birth: 9 May 2006

A baby Camel has been born. Both mum and baby are doing well.

Arrival: 28 April 2006

A pair of Garganey, a species of duck, have arrived on Mizzy Lake. Small numbers migrate to the UK from Africa to breed, and usually return to Africa in October.

Birth: 25 April 2006

Another Rhino calf, a bull, has been born. Mother Meru and her son are both doing well. Binta, who was born in November, is now getting out and about on Safari Drive with her mum Piglet.

Open: 3 April 2006

New bird of prey flying displays have started. Run by Gauntlet Birds of Prey, the shows featuring Eagles, Vultures, Hawks, Falcons, and others will take place at weekends and during the school holidays until the end of summer.

Birth: March 2006

The Pere David's Deer have started giving birth this month.

Birth: November 2005

A female Rhino calf called Binta has been born. This is the first female White Rhino to be born at the zoo, ever, after a run of male calves. Visitors will have to wait until the weather gets warmer for her to be allowed out.


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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