The next generation of red lechwe arrives
In the summer of 2015 a baby red lechwe, Sarah, was born at Port Lympne Reserve and was hand raised by the keepers having been abandoned by her mother. Two years on, Sarah has given birth to her own very sweet little fawn. Sarah is proving to be a wonderful, kind and nurturing mother to her fawn and the team at Port Lympne are delighted to see this happy family grow and enjoy life on the authentic safari at the reserve.
For the birth, Sarah left the rest of the herd to have her baby in the privacy of a shelter and Carl Parker, Head of the African Experience was with her throughout, keeping a close eye. Both Sarah and her baby are doing very well and are now spending time in the corral to keep them safe and allowing them some special time to bond. They do have company in the corral, as they are joined by Sarah's best friend the kudu, Asaan, who grew up with her so they are very familiar with each other.
"Sarah has been cleaning and feeding her baby unaided by us and is doing a really good job considering she was hand reared. The little fawn is still a little wobbly on her feet but is getting better" commented Simon Jeffery, Animal Manager.
They will be leaving the corral once the team at Port Lympne Reserve is happy that they are both ready to join the rest of the herd. Red lechwe are found across central and western Africa including Botswana, Zambia, DRC, Namibia and Angola and Port Lympne Reserve is home to a large herd of 85.
Head to the reserve this summer and see for yourself how this beautiful circle of life has continued.Kids Go Free in July