Longleat Animal Tour - Exclusive Photographs
There are more than 1,000 animals at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire (UK), here are just a few of them...
Anne The Rescued Elephant
Hunters Of The Sky
Ring Tailed Lemurs
Penguins (not at Longleat anymore)
Scimitar Horned Oryx
Longleat is part of an international breeding programme for the 'Scimitar Horned Oryx', with calves regularly being born there, it's an important breeding programme as the species is extinct in the wild due to loss of habitat and hunting.
When animals breed it's a sign that they are content and the 'Brazillian Tapirs' at Longleat have a history of successfully raising calves. Brazillian tapirs, also known as 'Lowland' tapirs, are considered vulnerable to extinction.
Longleat's care for their animals isn't always up to their typically high standard and 2019 saw both success and failure in equally epic proportions when an 'Amur' tiger that was supposed to be kept separate from two others was let into their enclosure with the result that the two killed it. However in the same year two tiger cubs were born at Longleat to the same couple, the first tiger cubs to be born at Longleat for nearly 20 years. Amur tigers are on the critically endangered list.
White Backed Vultures
Against a classification that means that White Backed Vultures are at risk of extinction these vultures are another success story for Longleat as they have a history of successfully breeding there.
Red Necked Wallabies
'Red Necked Wallabies' are not an endangered species, but it's still good to see that they successfully breed at Longleat, though occasionally staff need to step in and hand rear them.