Staff and students at Solihull College were celebrating last week as they welcomed two baby leopard geckos into their extended animal family.
Born to mother Haribo and father Inkie, the two babies hatched on Tuesday morning (5th April), which is the first time leopard geckos have been bred at the College.
Claire Powell, Animal Care Coordinator, comments: “We are thrilled that we have two new baby leopard geckos – they are absolutely gorgeous and have settled in extremely well to our fantastic new reptile vivariums. It is great that our students will be able to experience caring for them as babies as well as adults.”
Haribo and Inkie moved into the College’s brand new Land Based Centre just three months ago, so it seems they have been enjoying life in their new surroundings!
Claire adds: “The leopard geckos were previously living in our old facilities but since new, purpose-built reptile units have been built in our Land Based Centre the reptiles have been extremely happy, which we believe has had a positive effect to them breeding.”
Solihull College’s new Land Based Centre encompasses animal care and horticulture facilities, which includes a three-storey building complete with specialist rooms to accommodate a diverse animal family including aviary birds, parrots, chickens, meerkats and rabbits. In addition, a large range of exotics including lizards, snakes, tortoises, fish and turtles are also enjoying life in specially designed reptile habitats. An external barn and three paddocks have also been built to house larger animals including goats, sheep and pigs.
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