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Rainforest zoo celebrates birth of endangered species

Credit: Plantasia, Swansea.

Staff at Plantasia are celebrating the birth of two endangered species at the Swansea venue.

In early April a baby Egyptian tortoise was born, and that was soon followed by a clutch of Edwards pheasant chicks.

Both species are critically endangered in the wild, and the births are a big boost to the fight of zoos against extinction.

Michael Colwill, zoo and education manager, said: “The babies are a big boost to our conservation works. They highlight the importance of zoos helping the survival of many species across the world.”

Whilst the new borns are developing they may not be on show to the public 100% of the time when Plantasia reopens on Monday 17 May, but there will be lots of other new animals for guests to meet.

Plantasia is managed by Parkwood on behalf of Swansea Council.

Robert Francis-Davies, council cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “The arrival of these new-born animals is good news for Plantasia, its staff and visitors. It shows the venue’s commitment to high standards, conservation and education.

“Our successful partnership with Parkwood – including a successful £1.1m investment – is delivering a great experience for customers; we look forward to reopening its doors to visitors and the continued efforts to make Plantasia the best it can be shows that the venue and the council are here for Swansea.”