Parents 'Malaga' and 'Lazar' are very protective, making sure nothing gets too close to their precious new arrival
Staff at Newquay Zoo are over the moon with their most recent new birth, a Black Wildebeest, also known as a White-tailed Gnu.
The Black Wildebeest parents arrived at Newquay Zoo back in March 2009 from Zoo Dvur Kralove in the Czech Republic.
This much threatened species, which is now extinct the wild, is protected in conservation reserves in Africa.
Black Wildebeest are smaller than the more familiar Blue Wildebeest from East Africa.
Familiarising himself with the world around him
Animal Collection Manager John Meek commented "We have a had fantastic summer of births this year, from meerkats and fishing cats to capybara and macaque babies.
It has all been topped off by the successful birth in July of a little male Black Wildebeest.
He is doing extremely well and is now out in the main African Savanna exhibit on most days with his parents keeping a very close eye on him.
The enclosure is a mixed exhibit and the parents 'Malaga' and 'Lazar' are very protective and making sure nothing gets too close to their precious new arrival."
When they arrrived, the Black Wildebeests joined the Zoo's largest exhibit with Zebra, Waterbuck, Lechwe Antelope, Nyala, Grey Crowned Cranes, Guinea Fowl and White Storks.