A flurry of newborns at Twycross Zoo has caused for celebration amongst Zoo keepers and staff!
The year began in high spirits with the safe arrival of a critically endangered western lowland gorilla on 3rd January, which the Zoo’s Facebook followers named Lopé. Four months on Lopé is growing stronger by the day and has started to walk – he can often be spotted toddling around with his mum Ozala and dad Oumbi close by.
A howler monkey born on 4th February, named Donatello by his keepers, became Lottie’s (mum) eighth baby and the little monkey has been getting to know his family and playing with older brother Fernando.
The Zoo’s troop of bonobos kept keepers on their toes with the unexpected arrival of a baby boy bonobo on 20th February. Keeper’s had predicted Mum, Banya, would give birth at some time in March however she delivered her little bundle of joy a few weeks ahead of their schedule! The baby and mum have bonded very well together, and the little tot is already starting to show signs that he is ready to crawl.
As Easter approached fluffy chicks hatched one by one, and were closely followed by the birth of a healthy baby crowned lemur on 11th April. The lemur is still holding onto mum very tightly so keepers have been unable to say whether it’s a boy or girl! Over the coming weeks the baby will start becoming more independent and explore its new home away from mum!
The Zoo welcomed three female African pygmy goats this year, with twins being born on the 9th May – both of whom were up and skipping around their paddock within days of being born! Found at Pets at Twycross they run around freely with the wallabies and often get up to mischief with their four month old partner-in-crime, Winter.
Sharon Redrobe, Zoological Director, said: “These births highlight what an important role Twycross Zoo plays in the conservation of endangered species. Many of our animals are part of European Endangered Species Programmes and these births are the result of planned, coordinated efforts to breed these species that are under severe threat in their natural habitats.
This Easter, Twycross Zoo also welcomed 12 new species to their collection with the arrival of dinosaurs! On exhibition in Dinosaur Valley (entrance included in Zoo admission) until 2nd September 2013, the public are encouraged to visit the Zoo and see them before they disappear!
The babies (and dinosaurs!) are all on show at Twycross Zoo.