New Chimpanzee Habitat

Work continues on the new chimp enclosure at Twycross  Zoo. Photos: Lucy Ray

Twycross Zoo sets out to build a new chimpanzee habitat

Work on a brand-new chimpanzee habitat has begun at Twycross Zoo in the Midlands. The zoo’s iconic species will move into a large immersive habitat that encourages natural behaviours, while visitors can look forward to a more engaging way of watching and learning about chimpanzees. Construction of the £2.6million facility started mid-March.

With planning permission granted in December last year, the zoo is embarking on the next phase of its ambitious £55million Masterplan to become a National conservation organisation and world-class visitor attraction. Some of the earlier developments within the Masterplan include Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest, which opened in February 2016.

The new three-storey building is purposely designed to suit chimpanzee husbandry needs and will feature both indoor and outdoor areas. Visitors will be taken on a journey through an immersive jungle-like habitat with glazing and discreet openings, allowing them to discover the animals as they pass through.

Dr Sharon Redrobe, CEO at Twycross Zoo says, “We are extremely excited about this new habitat as many of us, including the animal managers, have spent a lot of time with the architects finalising the design to suit both the needs of the animals and the staff who look after them as well as providing an exciting experience for visitors. It is thrilling to see the plan now starting to move from paper to reality. This habitat will allow us to provide even better care for our chimpanzees and we hope that they and the visitors will enjoy the new area.”

Twycross Zoo is open to the public from 10.00 to 18.00. For more information and to book tickets visit www.twycrosszoo.org or call 0844 474 1777.

 

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Notes to Editors:

 

  • Now celebrating over 50 years of business, Twycross Zoo is one of the UK’s major zoos and home to one of the largest primate collections in Europe.  The zoo cares for around 150 species of animals and is the only place in the UK, and one of four worldwide, to see all four types of great ape (gorilla, orangutan, chimpanzee and bonobo) and a wide collection of gibbons.

 

  • Many species at Twycross Zoo are part of European Endangered Species Programmes that aim to secure the future of threatened wild species by building a safe captive population.

 

  • Twycross Zoo welcomes around 500,000 visitors a year to its 80-acre site in Leicestershire, funds and conducts scientific research, and has an award-winning education and outreach programme.

 

  • Twycross Zoo contributes to conservation in the wild through their Conservation Fund. The Fund was created in 2006 and has supported over 55 conservation and welfare projects from many different countries around the world, including Ape Action Africa, Lola Ya Bonobo and the Cao Vit Conservation Programme.

 

  • In 2015, the Zoo launched its 20-year, £55million Masterplan. Since then, new habitats Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest have opened to the public. Additional renovations and new exhibits include Lorikeet Landing, a Lemur walk-through and the Butterfly House, all of which offer visitors an immersive experience with the animals.

 

  • Twycross Zoo’s Himalaya Centre offers a spacious 300 seat all-day restaurant with views overlooking a Himalayan landscape enclosure for snow leopards, corporate facilities, a gift shop and a soft play attraction.

 

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