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New monkey arrivals for Twycross Zoo

If you hope to see some baby monkeys over the half term break a visit to Twycross Zoo in the Midlands would make the perfect day out.

There are four new babies to visit at the zoo, including the critically endangered black-headed spider monkey, a bright orange dusky langur and a pair of the world’s smallest pygmy marmosets.

The little black-headed spider monkey is the latest addition to the zoo’s troop of six. Mum Jamundi and dad Monty make fantastic parents and the baby is an important addition to the breeding programme of this critically endangered species, which is estimated to have decreased by 80% in the last 50 years due to habitat loss and poaching.

The new spectacled dusky langur baby is unmissable at the moment with its bright orange fur, although this will turn grey and brown over the coming months. The pygmy marmoset youngsters, however, are very tiny with new-born babies of this species only the size of the head of a toothbrush!

Tony Dobbs, Primate Team Leader at Twycross Zoo says, “We are very excited about the latest additions to our monkeys here at Twycross Zoo. I would encourage everyone to come to the zoo this half-term and spend some time watching these new babies as they are so different from each other, not only in terms of appearance, but also in the way they behave. Our keepers are happy to answer any questions you might have and those who want to find out more have an excellent opportunity to do so in our Zoo Club or Conservation Club.”

Zoo Club is open to children aged 8 and 14 years and offers the chance to get even closer to the animals. Running 9am to 4.30pm, Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June, the club packs a host of engaging and exciting activities themed around animals, wildlife, nature and zoos. A day at Zoo Club usually includes games, arts & crafts, hands-on activities, making enrichment toys for the animals and learning about the mysteries of the animal kingdom.

Once the half-term is over, the popular weekend activity group Conservation Club starts on 10 June and takes place every Saturday with the last session taking place on 15 July. The group is aimed at children between 8 and 12 years and as well as providing a fun programme for the weekends, the sessions focus on why animals are endangered and how we can all help to protect them.

Twycross Zoo is open to the public from 10am to 6pm daily. For more information visit www.twycrosszoo.org.

Spectacled dusky langur – photo Phillipa Dobbs

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