Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens near Newcastle in Northumberland recently welcomed a number of new arrivals to its collection.
Three cheeky squirrel monkeys moved to Kirkley from Budapest Zoo and are settling in well. The brothers make a great addition to the Kirkley family and are fascinating to watch – and are just as fascinated by you! They are joined by neighbours Mildfred and Abu, a pair of Goeldi’s monkeys, who have also just arrived at the zoo.
The squirrel monkeys live next door to the Lorikeet Lookout, a newly opened walk through exhibit at Kirkley. For just £1 per person, visitors can enter the enclosure and feed nectar to the very friendly, colourful and noisy Australian rainbow lorikeets, offering a great opportunity to get up close to these social creatures.
Kirkley Zoo currently houses over 200 species of animals, reptiles and birds including alpacas, armadillos, marmosets, wallabies, snakes and lizards, as well as smaller domestic animals as part of its petting zoo. Kirkley was opened in 2011 by BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson and offers a realistic learning environment for students at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus.
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens and is open to members of the public on weekends and school holidays. For more information on visiting go to www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk