Staffordshire’s Drayton Manor Park is celebrating the births of eight new baby animals – with all arriving just in time for the gates to reopen this weekend.
A new critically endangered Spider Monkey baby – born on 22nd May – brings the total number at the park to six, with Scarlet Macaw pair Sally and Jasper welcoming their first chick last month.
Two Fiji iguanas, part of a European Breeding Programme for the species, also made a welcome appearance – as did the adorable Emperor Tamarin and Pygmy Marmoset twins, who will be raised by all members of the group to give the parents a much-needed break!
Chris Mitchell, Head of Zoo Operations at Drayton Manor Park, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming so many new animals into the park this month ahead of our reopening, not least because six out of eight of them are classed as vulnerable or endangered species.
“Conservation is a huge part of our programme at Drayton Manor Park, and being able to watch our adorable babies interact with their families knowing we are helping to boost the numbers of a vulnerable species, is fantastic.
“We can’t wait to welcome visitors to the zoo again, and I’m sure our animals are looking forward to seeing some new faces too!”
Open to visitors from Saturday 4th July, social distancing measures put in place to keep everyone safe during their visit include temperature checks on arrival, hand sanitiser stations and a new virtual queuing system via Drayton Park’s day planner app.
For further information and to book advance tickets visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk/zoo
Watch the baby Emperor Tamarin twins here: