6th White rhino calf born at Colchester Zoo
Following the announcement in February that our female calf Astrid was expecting, we are excited to announce that she has given birth to a healthy male calf on the 14th October at around 9.45pm!
The new arrival was born after the zoo had closed to the public in the late evening. The Animal Care Team had been viewing Astrid’s behaviour out of hours on a camera system for 2 weeks prior to birth as they were sure little one would be imminent from Astrid’s behaviour. During the evening on Wednesday 14th October the Animal Care Team noticed Astrid’s behaviour change which indicated that she was in labour therefore staff came into the zoo at 9.00pm to monitor Astrid close by via the cameras so they were on hand if any problems arose.
Astrid’s birth progressed really well, and luckily there was no need for intervention by the Animal Care Team as the healthy calf was born at 9.45pm and keepers could identify the calf as male via the cameras. Within the hour of being born he managed to stand and Astrid offered him reassurance, it was not long after he was then suckling from mum.
Despite Astrid being a first-time mum at 7yrs old, Astrid took the labour and birth in her stride. Since the birth, the bond between mother and calf is becoming stronger day by day and the young calf is already showing a mischievous character!
Astrid and her calf will stay inside, off-show, during these early days and the team will monitor their progress before gradually allowing him to explore further and eventually head outside with the chance to meet his new neighbours when he is big enough.
The Animal Care Team are waiting to name the calf until he is a little older and his personality grows but to help raise funds for Colchester Zoo’s Operating Fund there will be the opportunity for supporters to vote for their favourite name with the name which raises the most funds being chosen. We will be sure to keep you up to date with his progress over the coming weeks and advise when the vote is open.
Colchester Zoo has had great success as part of the breeding programme for White rhinos and this new arrival is the 6th calf to be born at the park. Previous youngsters have departed to join other zoos in the hope that they too become part of a successful breeding programme.
White rhinos are listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List, this is due to the poaching crisis and ivory trade, so this birth is brilliant news for the conservation of this magnificent species.
This rather large bundle of joy arrived 10 months after Astrid’s fellow White rhino Emily gave birth to young female rhino Lottie! Not only will Astrid’s new arrival be a play mate for young Lottie but he is also her half sibling, with their father being male White rhino, Otto!
Astrid’s pregnancy was confirmed in late 2019 via hormone analysis from faecal samples sent to a specialised lab with the youngster arriving after a 16-month gestation period. Although Astrid is a first-time mum she showed signs of her mothering nature with young calf Lottie before her calf was born so we’re sure she is going to be a fantastic mum.
Born in 2013, mum Astrid arrived at Colchester Zoo in July 2016 and shares her home with the rest of the rhino crash, Otto, Emily, Binta and Lottie as well as our other African species in our mixed paddock. Astrid can be spotted by a small nick in her left ear which she has had since she was young.
This wonderful news has come at a very important time whilst Colchester Zoo has been negatively affected by the pandemic and the recent loss of Lioness, Malika. To have such lovely news gives a great boost of morale to the team and shows how important zoos are to the conservation of the animal kingdom. We need your help to continue this vital conservation work, you can help by visiting the zoo, becoming a Zoo Passholder, adopting an animal, or simply donating to the Colchester Zoo Emergency Operating Fund via the zoo’s website at www.colchesterzoo.org.
Solar Society Group
The Solar Society committee (your local adult learning group) are sorry to have to announce that we cannot meet in January, February or March 2021 as planned.
We will make every effort to restart our meetings in April on the first Monday of the month however. Programme to be announced. In the meantime , take care everybody.
Further info from Miles Scrivens 01787-469766 or Wanda Sellar 01787 463449.
Fancy winning £500 cash while helping to support the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity have recently launched their 2020 Winter Raffle with the chance to win fabulous prizes and a top prize of £500! It's so simple to play and you will be helping to enable quality of life while living with cancer.
There are three exciting prizes to be won:
1st prize - £500
2nd prize - Private Virtual Wine Tasting (Burgundy tasting in your own home, for up to 6 people on a date in 2021 subject to availability)
3rd prize - Winter Tiptree Hamper
Tickets cost only £1 each and the closing date is Wednesday 27th January 2021.
To purchase your own tickets and be in with a chance of winning up to £500 simply visit https://www.helenrollason.org.uk/2020/11/04/fancy-winning-500-cash-while-helping-to-support-the-charity/. Alternatively you can pay over the phone by calling 01245 380719; lines are open 9am-5pm weekdays.
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Marketing Coordinator Holly Butler said "As a result of the coronavirus outbreak and second lockdown we have unfortunately had to cancel many of our fundraising events, which means the charity will suffer a considerable loss of income. Of course Covid-19 is still at the forefront of all of our minds, but even once it has calmed down, cancer will still be there. We rely solely on donations, fundraising and money raised through our charity shops to continue operating our Support Centres.
Our Raffle draw is a fun and yet valuable way in which to help our charity enable quality of life while living with cancer. By playing you can help secure the future of the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. On behalf of all our clients, therapists, volunteers, trustees and staff thank you in advance of your kind support and good luck!"
Hello, I guess this trail of biscuit crumbs, boiled sweets and tissues is from Mum's pocket, thanks to my housemate, Pushy Penny. If Mum leaves her coat unattended, that naughty Yorkie wastes no time in raiding the contents. Nothing is safe, sometimes she chews a hole right through, hence the scattered contents.
We hope the Lockdown has ended when you read this so that our plans are safe and not scattered. Our indefatigable fundraisers should be selling 'classy gifts' and running a Tombola at the Festive Fair on Saturday 12th December at Bridge Farm Barn, Monks Eleigh, IP7 7AY. Sharon's Christmas face masks, including the "Maggie's Farm" design, will also be on offer, quite the must-have fashion accessory for humans! Sadly the annual Sudbury Christmas Tree Festival in St. Peter's Church has been cancelled.
We are still rehoming animals by appointment only but politely ask that nothing is left at the Sanctuary without prior arrangement. We have to limit intake because everything must be quarantined to protect volunteers and bedding, food or sale goods left at random make this impossible. Thank you for your unwavering support and best wishes for a safe and peaceful Christmas from all of us, including Ollie (the Black) Cat and me, (Kenny the Boss) Chihuahua.
This year, for the first time ever, we are making a Christmas Appeal. Unfortunately COVID-19 has severely curtailed our fundraising efforts but a regular monthly payment for as little as £2 (more if you wish) will help us so much at the moment.
If you would like to give someone a present that will help a needy animal throughout the year, please make cheques or BACS payable to Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare at NatWest Bank, Account No. 52717321, Sort Code 60-21-30. Alternatively, go to our sponsorship on our website at: https://www.sesaw.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/sponsorship-form_2018.pdf or phone for a form.
Thank you to all supporters, past, present and future.
Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Reg. Charity No.1124029. Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP. 01787 210888 www.sesaw.co.uk info@sesaw.co.uk

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