Endangered Species Weekend

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Endangered Species Weekend

Endangered Species Day is Friday 19th May, but we’re offering you a chance find out more about our conservation projects, and join in with a range of activities all weekend, including a chance to win a Twycross Zoo Family Ticket.

Visiting the zoo, and also taking part in our family-friendly activities, provides a perfect opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species, and everyday actions that can be taken to help protect them.

Events and activities run throughout the whole weekend including – a conservation trail, activities, arts, crafts, talks and more….


Join in and Show Your Support…

Conservation Trail – with a chance to win a Twycross Zoo Family Ticket

You will receive an ‘Endangered Species Conservation Trail Leaflet’. This shows just some of the endangered animals we have here at the zoo; can you find them all? Answer the questions for a chance to win!


Arts Crafts, & Other Activities…

Throughout the day the Twycross Zoo Education Rangers will be hosting a number of activities that you can all get involved in…

No cost – it’s all part of the entrance fee. No need to book. Just drop-in and join-in.

On the day you’ll be given a Trail leaflet which will show you the times and locations;

Animal Masks – Use paper plates and craft materials to make your own endangered animal mask.

Animal Postcards – choose a postcard to colour in and select your favourite fact about the species to write on it.

How Endangered Am I? Match-up where you think each animal is on the IUCN; the endangered species list, and find out about the threats faced.

Specimen Safari – Learn about origins of artefacts; including animal parts, skulls and skins, and how poaching is a huge threat to wildlife.

Conservation Pledge Tree – Create a leaf, then add your own ideas and messages about how to help save endangered species, then add it to our Pledge Tree.

Endangered Species Pairs Game – Match up the conservation problems to the correct solution using giant ‘pairs’ of cards.

Amur Leopard Talk and feed – An additional talk about Amur Leopards, the world’s rarest big cat, and what is being done to save them.


Extra Special Animal Talks, Feeding and Enrichment

Don’t miss our Daily Animal Talks programme, carried out by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic Education Rangers.

Our ten minute talks cover information about individual animals, how species live in the wild, what we are doing to help them and how you can help from home.

Plus… as an added bonus for Endangered Species Weekend – we will be feeding some of the animals and giving them some extra special activities – which is called ‘animal enrichment’…

(Please note; some of the activities below are on certain days only)…

10.30am: Black headed spider monkeys = talks and scatter feed.

10.45am: Pileated gibbons and siamangs = automatic scatter feed, plus Zoo Keepers will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the animals.

11am: Giraffes = talk.

11.15am: Elephants = talk.

11.40pm: Bonobos = talk and scatter feed.

12pm: Ring-tailed & red-ruffed lemurs = talk & scatter feed, plus Zoo Keepers will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the animals.

12pm: Orangutans = food enrichment; termite wall filled with sticky honey and yogurt.

12pm: Chimps = freeze pop enrichment; this is where fruit and ice has been frozen in a large container, which is then dangled for the chimps to explore and eat. (Saturday 20th Only).

12pm: Bonobos = freeze pops enrichment; fruit and ice has been frozen in containers, which is then dangled for the bonobos to explore and eat. (Sunday 21st only).

12.30pm: Penguin Parade = talk, parade, feeding and also enrichment activities.

2.30pm: Elephants = enrichment feed – watch the elephants enjoy one of their favourite foods ‘browse’, which is spread throughout their habitat. probably indoors. (Saturday 20th Only).

2.45pm: Gibbon Forest = talk, and scatter feed pileated gibbons and siamangs, plus Zoo Keepers will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the animals.

3pm: Amur Leopards = specialist talk about their conservation and critically endangered status, also sent/smell enrichment.

3.15pm: Meerkats = talk.

3.30pm: Penguin Parade = talk, parade and feeding.

4pm: Otters = talk and scatter feed.

4.30pm: Investigation Station at Gibbon Forest = explanation and join-in-activity.


Endangered Species Fact Sheet

You’ll also get an endangered species information leaflet, which contain conservation facts, details and what we do at Twycross Zoo to help endangered species.

Or get your copy now > download Twycross Zoo’s Endangered Species Fact Sheet


Conservation, Evening Talk: Work on the Wild Side

We’re delighted to welcome Neil Dorman, Curator of Conservation Programmes and Planning at Twycross Zoo.

Neil will guide guests through conservation breeding programmes in zoos, and provide some updates on the conservation projects that the zoo supports around the world.

Date: Friday 19th May, 7pm – 9pm.

Find out more and book your place > Conservation Talk


Fancy a bite to eat?

The new Vine Café and The View Restaurant have recently opened, and as a member you get 10% off everything! Find out more about Twycross Zoo Membership

Open all day, you can enjoy fresh, seasonal food homemade on the premises by our kitchen teams.

There is a wide range of lunchtime classics available from the kitchen and grill such as beer battered fish and chips, char-grilled chicken, salads, pastas, pizzas and sharing platters.

Alternatively, simply sit back and relax with coffee and cake.

Kids visiting the Zoo are now able to enjoy a range of homemade hot dishes for only £7 (3-course kid’s meal, including a drink).

Please click here to see our current menu


We hope you’ll join us…

…for this fun and educational weekend, in support of the most critically endangered species on our planet.

We’re passionate about helping endangered species and work tirelessly to save animals from extinction.

But, the challenges are great, and we need your help to succeed.

The extinction crisis is real and the threats to our animals are great.

Our wild and beautiful world needs your attention like never before.

Working together, we can meet the challenges head-on.

We can achieve great things, save vulnerable species from extinction, and together protect wildlife for generations to come.

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