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Litter of lion cubs born at Edinburgh Zoo


A litter of Asiatic lion cubs has been born at Edinburgh Zoo. At just three weeks old, the cubs are off display and being nursed by their mother, Roberta. 

Five cubs were initially born but sadly two did not survive. Staff say the surviving three cubs are doing well but the next few months are crucial.

The cubs will be weighed and sexed at their first health check in the coming weeks, after which they will also be named. 

Asiatic lions are endangered, with estimates suggesting there are only 350 left in the wild. Threats include poaching, habitat destruction, conflict with humans and declining prey.

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Pair of endangered Amur leopard cubs born at Colchester Zoo

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 Keepers at Colchester Zoo are hailing the arrival of a pair of critically endangered Amur leopard cubs.

The cubs were born to first-time parents Esra and Crispin on the 9 September. This is the first time the Zoo has bred Amur leopard cubs on-site.

Amur leopards originate from the Russian Far East and north-east China. In the wild they are threatened by climate change, habitat loss, deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade.

The cubs are said to be “looking well” and are expected to emerge from their den in a few weeks.  

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RCVS names Professor John Innes as chair of Fellowship Board

Professor John Innes has been elected chair of the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Board, replacing Professor Nick Bacon who comes to the end of his three-year term.


Professor Innes will be responsible for making sure the Fellowship progresses towards fulfilling its strategic goals, determining its ongoing strategy and objectives, and reporting to the RCVS Advancement of the Professions Committee on developments within the Fellowship.