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Siobhán, from Dublin Zoo, writes:

Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce the birth of seven (!) African painted dogs. This brings the total number of African painted dogs at Dublin Zoo to eleven.

Dublin Zoo’s new arrivals were born five weeks ago. In preparing for the birth, the female excavated a deep burrow in the ground and, for weeks, the animal care team could only guess what was happening.

It is not until the newborns open their eyes, approximately three weeks after birth, that she brings them to surface to the sunlight.

…Also known as African wild or hunting dogs, African painted dogs have a unique coat pattern, making them easily identifiable. It is estimated that approximately only 6,000 African painted dogs remain in the wild today.


Blackbuck (part of the antelope family): Parents Honey and Basil (above) welcomed their first newborn and the first ever newborn blackbuck to Dublin Zoo.

Tamworth Piglets: In the Family Farm, Ginger the Tamworth pig welcomed nine piglets, five males and four females. Eddie O’Brien, team leader of the Family Farm said, “During the first couple of weeks we kept a close eye on the one little runt of the pack as he was smaller and weaker than the others. There was no need to worry as we soon realised he is equally as fit and able as the rest of his siblings and never he misses a meal.” They’re going to call him Bertie.

Crested Macaque Since alpha male Sumo (far right top pic) arrived in 2009, these primates have welcomed five youngsters. Ciaran McMahon, team leader of the macaques said: “Male macaques are not monogamous primates and Sumo is enjoying great success with his six breeding females.”

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(All photos: Patrick Bolger)