Another successful Vulturine Guineafowl breeding at Sparsholt College Group

Posted: 5th May, 2023

Sparsholt College and University Centre Sparsholt has successfully bred a second clutch of Vulturine Guineafowl at their Animal Health and Welfare Research Centre (AHWRC). Six eggs have hatched with no mishaps and all six chicks are doing well and are growing from strength to strength each day.  

This species of guineafowl is native to Eastern Africa and is easily the most impressive looking of the guineafowl family and is also sometimes known as the "Royal Guineafowl" because of its striking appearance.  

Although they are categorised as Least Concerned in the wild, they're not commonly seen in UK zoos so we hope that our six chicks will contribute towards that changing, by improving genetic diversity and seeing this species bred in other UK zoos in the future.  

Kira Cattell AHWRC Bird Technician says, "It has been so rewarding to see the eggs hatch and see their personalities come through. I am really looking forward to seeing them grow and then find new home for them in other UK zoos". 

Find out more about our Animal Health and Welfare Research Centre at Sparsholt Campus at our next open event on June 15. Book here:

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