Baby Boom at Fife Zoo just in time for summer holidays

01 July 2023

De Brazza Monkey at Fife Zoo.

Keepers at Fife Zoo are celebrating after two baby armadillos were born, the first time that the species have been successfully bred at the zoo. Their arrival has come just in time for International Armadillo Day which is celebrated around the globe on Sunday 13th August.

New parents, Havana and Dougie, arrived at the zoo in 2020 as part of a European-wide initiative to safeguard the species from extinction.

Following their first health check with the vet, it has been confirmed that the twins are a boy and a girl.

Fife Zoo which is also home to animals such as endangered Grevy’s zebra, meerkats and lemurs is currently expanding as part of a ten-year master plan. The zoo also celebrated the arrival of a rare swamp monkey this week, with baby tortoises arriving earlier this summer.

Fife Zoo Director, Mike Knight said: “The arrival of the baby armadillos was a huge surprise for everybody at the zoo and we’re delighted to be able to play a role in the European captive breeding programme for the species.”

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