Wildlife park name reindeer calves born during lockdown

Staff chose the names Regnar and Solen, which mean rain and sun in Swedish.

Wildlife park name reindeer calves born during lockdown Alyson Houston/RZSS
Adorable: The European forest reindeer calves have been named Regnar and Solen.

Two European forest reindeer calves born at Highland Wildlife Park during lockdown have been named.  

Staff at the wildlife conservation charity chose Regnar and Solen, which mean rain and sun in Swedish. 

After being closed to the public for three months, the much-loved attraction has recently reopened meaning visitors can go and meet the calves, who were born in May, as long as they book in advance. 

Keith Gilchrist, animal collection manager at the park, said: “We are all really excited about our new additions and delighted to be able to welcome visitors back to meet them.

“Our two boys are doing well and have been named in keeping with our weather theme following on from the birth of Tuuli last year, whose name means wind in Finnish. 

“Both boys share the same dad, Sven. With Regnar being born to mum Freya and Solen to mum Sahti.” 

Park: The calves were born in May.
Park: The calves were born in May.

Although the park is back open with a wide range of safety measures in place to protect visitors and staff amid the coronavirus pandemic, Mr Gilchrist said it is still an “incredibly difficult time” for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland charity.

He added: “We would like to thank everyone for their amazing support so far and for helping us reopen.  

“People can help care for our animals and protect threatened species in Scotland and around the world by donating on our website.” 

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