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Sunday, 16 April, 2000, 09:38 GMT 10:38 UK
Water Buffalo go wild at park
Water Buffalo
The herd of buffalo should help the environment
A herd of Water Buffalo will be set to work at a wildlife centre in west Wales on Sunday.

The six animals will be released at the Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve at Cilgerran near Cardigan.

Centre manager Mike Snow said he hopes the buffalo will succeed where ponies and cattle have failed.


Water Buffalo herd
Six buffalo will be released at the park
They are being released into the 264-acre park as part of an environmental management programme, he said.

It is hoped their presence will result in ditches and water hollows being kept open.

Their grazing habits should also help maintain the marshes' reed beds.

The Water Buffalo are being loaned to the park. They usually live at a farm in Whitland.

Their arrival was cancelled last weekend due to the cold weather.

The animals are more commonly seen in the marshy habitats of the Indian sub-continent and Africa.

The Welsh Wildlife Centre is run by the Wildlife Trust West Wales.

Threatened habitats

Founded in 1938, the trust is the second oldest wildlife trust in the UK, with over 66 reserves under its protection.

Its conservation work extends the length and breadth of Dyfed and the surrounding seas, caring for a variety of plants and animals including the dolphins, puffins, badgers, seals, otters, dormice, owls, butterflies, wild flowers and reptiles.

Meadows, woodlands, bogs, islands (including St Margarets and Cardigan Island), reed beds, lakes and clifftops are some of the threatened habitats already protected by the Wildlife Trust West Wales.

It is actively campaigning to secure marine protected areas.

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