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Rare Giraffe Calf Is Born On Boxing Day At Chester Zoo

A rare Rothschild’s giraffe calf born on Boxing Day at Chester Zoo has been described by keepers as “the best Christmas gift.”


  • Falling more than 6ft during birth, the rare Rothschild’s giraffe calf was up on its feet within minutes
  • Rothschild’s giraffes are one of the world’s most endangered mammals with recent estimates suggesting less than 1,600 now remain
  • Loss of habitat and poaching for their meat has driven the subspecies to the very brink of existence
  • Chester’s new arrival gives a welcome boost to the endangered species breeding programme
Giraffe calf with mum
Science success with the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver Award
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This mammal has the world’s slowest metabolism.

three-toed sloth

There are degrees of slothfulness, even when it comes to sloths. And three-toed sloths may be the most slothful of all, new data show.

Researchers studied two species of sloth in Costa Rica. They measured the rate at which these animals’ bodies operate, converting food to fuel and growth. And this metabolic rate in one species of three-toed sloth was the lowest ever recorded — not just for a sloth, but for any mammal.

'Read And Ride' Aims To Make Students Healthier And Smarter.
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Mercury’s stunning landscape mapped
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Dinosaur Discovery
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Helping hand for chilly owls as cold weather persists.
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Tim Peake

Our questions for Tim Peake

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Sun Science

The Sun is the star at the centre of our Solar System and it affects our lives every day in lots of different ways. Clink on the links below to find out more about our Sun and see pictures taken from NASA's  Solar Dynamics Observatory.

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