Bon voyage, Dom!

The last one of the Carpathian lynx triplets – DZG’s first ever lynx litter – is leaving us today to head for a new life in Hungary.

Keepers will be saying a fond farewell to Dom today before he flies out to Pécs Zoo tomorrow.

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CAPTION: Pastures new…Dick, Dom and Daphne have all now headed off to Europe (Picture by Karen Edwards)

His one-year-old sister and brother, Daphne and Dick, left us in August to make new homes and hopefully start new families in European zoos.

Daphne is already settling in well with her new Swiss partner Kuder at Wildpark Peter und Paul, St Gallen, in Switzerland and Dick is at Espace Animalier de la Haute Touche in Obterre in the Loire Valley.

Registrar and Research Co-ordinator, Dr David Beeston, said, just like the two others, Dom will be transported in a specially-built kennel which conforms to airport travel regulations.

He said: “This is the right time for these juveniles to leave us and start families of their own as they are at the stage when they would be leaving their mother if they were in the wild.

“We are sorry to see them go but it is wonderful they are part of a successful conservation programme and we will try and keep tabs on their progress.”

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Triplets Dick, Dom and Daphne (pictured above at four months) were born to mum Daisy and dad Dave at DZG on May 23, 2014 – the first Carpathians to be born here. And the proud parents went on to have a second litter this year when brothers Dante and Dakota arrived on May 20.

Safe journey today Dom. A new adventure awaits you!