ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s keepers are celebrating some positive news, with the arrival of an adorable new yak calf.
Born to Mum Hermione and Dad Voldemort at the UK’s largest Zoo on Thursday 26 March, the yak (bos mutus grunniens) calf will be named after its first health check, when vets will be able to determine its sex.
Whipsnade’s zookeepers have a tradition of naming members of the yak herd after characters from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books – and are looking forward to finding out if this one will be a Ginny or a Draco in a few weeks.
Team Leader Donovan Glyn said; “It’s magical to be able to share the wonderful news of the newest arrival at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. The calf is doing really well, sticking close to mum while they are exploring the herd's paddock together.
“While so much is changing in the world, it’s wonderful to be able to come to work and see life go on with our animals – and even more so to see new life beginning.”
The youngster joins Luna, Harry and Bellatrix at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Asia section, an area shared with other fantastic beasts, including Asian elephants and Asian rhinos.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, run by international conservation charity ZSL, is appealing to its supporters, neighbours and animal lovers alike to help care for the thousands of animals, including the yak herd, who call the Zoo home while it is closed to the public.