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Endangered Species Weekend at Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo in the Midlands will be putting its rarest animals in the spotlight from Friday as part of Endangered Species Weekend, which runs worldwide from 19-21 May.

Over the course of the three days, the zoo’s Education Rangers will give a number of talks about the importance of protecting endangered species and animals under threat. Insights will be given into how animals live in the wild, how the zoo helps to protect them and what visitors can do to help from home. Many of these talks will also include feeding times and special enrichment activities, which are important for animal welfare.

Visitors can also take part in a themed trail around the zoo for a chance to win a family ticket. Arts & crafts sessions focusing on endangered animals and conservation, which range from animal mask-making and endangered species pairs games, to adding ideas and messages to the zoo’s Conservation Pledge Tree, will also be on offer.

On Friday evening at 7pm, a “Work on the Wild Side” conservation talk will be given by Neil Dorman, Curator of Conservation Programmes and Planning at Twycross Zoo. Here he will explain how international breeding programmes work to conserve endangered species and provide updates on some of the 50 conservation programmes Twycross Zoo supports in 27 countries around the world.

Neil says: “Many of our species at Twycross Zoo are classified as endangered or critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Over 40% of babies born here in 2016 were from species that are threatened in the wild and 65% of these births were in species that are part of breeding programmes, which makes us the perfect place to visit and learn about animal species conservation. We have put together a fantastic programme for the weekend and look forward to sharing our passion for animals with all the visitors, who will join us here to enjoy a fun-filled day out.”

Twycross Zoo’s Endangered Species Weekend runs from 10am on Friday 19 May until 6pm on Sunday 21 May. For more information on visiting go to www.twycrosszoo.org.

The Amur leopard at Twycross Zoo.
Photos: Lucy Ray

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