With winter almost at an end at Colchester Zoo’s UmPhafa Reserve, it will soon be time to start to take stock of how this incredibly tough time has taken its toll on our newest arrivals.

The lambing season on UmPhafa is generally from the end of September through to the end of January and this is when all of the lambs that are born are initially recorded. At the end of winter, we then look at how many made it through this unforgiving season. Despite the whole of South Africa suffering a terrible drought this year, the little ones on the reserve appear to have done surprisingly well with large groups still being seen on a regular basis in our weekly game counts. It is hoped they will continue to thrive as we move into the summer months in South Africa.

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