More Baby Bundles Arrive at Drusillas Park
Drusillas Park is very proud to be involved in the breeding programmes of many endangered animals and each year we welcome many baby bundles to the fold.
2015 has been no exception and as the weather has gradually been getting warmer over the last few months our furry and feathered families have been growing in the zoo.
The first baby to arrive was a beautiful emperor tamarin born on 19th January. These regal monkeys are a threatened species, native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. They take their name from the 19th Century Emperor, Wilhelm II of Germany, who they are said to resemble on account of their distinctive moustaches.
Next, we welcomed a new prince into our Sulawesi crested black macaque family. These large monkeys are native to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi where the population has dropped by more than 80% in the last 40 years and they are now regarded as critically endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).
April saw the arrival of a new face in the zoo’s walkthrough enclosure, Lemurland. The rare black lemur was born on 2nd April and spends a lot of time with William, a ring-tailed lemur who loves to help with the little ones. In the wild, black lemurs are native to the Island of Madagascar where they are considered vulnerable due to hunting and deforestation.
In May, we rehomed a pair of rock hyrax to Drusillas from Cotsworld Wildlife Park and on 12th June, two became five following the arrival of triplets. Rock hyraxes are closely related to elephants and live in rocky areas in much of sub-Saharan Africa and the Arabian Peninsula in the wild.
On 19 May we welcomed four baby meerkats to the zoo, who are just starting to explore the world above ground level. In the wild, meerkats are native to south-west Africa and are members of the mongoose family. They have long been a favourite at Drusillas so revellers to the zoo have been delighted by the antics of four tiny additions.
On 3rd June we welcomed twin cusimanses to the zoo. These fascinating creatures are a member of the mongoose family too. In the wild, they inhabit the forests and swampy areas of West Africa, where they live in social groups of up to 24 individuals.
June also brought with it the arrival of two kooky kookaburras and three cheeky lovebirds.
And it’s not over yet – our flamingos are currently sitting on two eggs so fingers crossed we may be tickled pink with some new arrivals in the not too distant future too...so watch this space J