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Our new arrivals will soon 'hog’ the limelight

Date: 05 May 2017

Hedgehog

Hedgehog Awareness Week seems like the perfect time for our latest announcement.

We will soon become home to a pair of rescued hedgehogs.

The hedgehogs will share their home with Belfast Zoo’s barn owls; Dawn and Dusk. The pair are due to arrive in a few weeks, following rehabilitation, as both hedgehogs have received damage to their eyes and require intensive care.

Hedgehogs are facing increasing threats. It is estimated that populations in the UK have declined by 30 per cent in the last ten years. This is thought to be due to the loss of habitat in towns and in the countryside, farming and road deaths.

Zoo manager, Alyn Cairns, said “The aim of Belfast Zoo is to conserve species which are under increasing threats in their natural habitat. We care for some of the world’s most endangered animals but conservation starts on our own doorstep and we are committed to protecting Northern Ireland’s native species. We already work with red squirrels, barn owls, swifts and many other native species. In the past we have provided a home for a number of rescued hedgehogs and the whole team is looking forward to welcoming the prickly pair to the zoo!”

Find out more about our work with native species or email nativespecies@belfastzoo.co.uk.