Visitors to the Horniman Museum and Gardens in south London can meet a new addition to its Animal Walk following the birth of an alpaca in early August
On Sunday 3 August, Peep, the Horniman’s black Huacaya alpaca, gave birth to a fawn girl weighing 6.7kg. The baby, or cria as they are called, is yet to be named and is under the watchful eye of staff at the Horniman’s Animal Walk as she settles into her new surroundings.
Catherine Basford, the Horniman’s Animal Keeper says: ‘We are delighted with the birth of our beautiful cria. Peep is proving to be an attentive mother and both mum and baby are doing well. We hope our visitors enjoy this new addition to the Horniman’s animal collection.’
The Horniman’s Animal Walk is also home to goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, a golden pheasant and a rooster. Redeveloped and opened in August 2013, visitors can walk through the centre of the enclosure for a close up view of the animals. There are also information and interpretation boards which look at the connection between domesticated animals and their wild relations.
The Horniman first developed an animal enclosure 40 years ago. It has remained a popular attraction for young visitors to the Gardens, providing a connection to the natural world in an urban setting and further brings to life founder Frederick Horniman’s vision of an outside space reflecting the Museum’s collections.
The Horniman Animal Walk is open seven days a week between 12.30 and 4pm. Entry to the Animal Walk is free.
100 London Road SE23 3PQ; 020 8699 1872; horniman.ac.uk