Belfast Zoo has introduced a menagerie of recent arrivals forward of the Financial institution Vacation. The most recent new-borns embrace critically endangered cotton prime tamarin twins, an endangered topped lemur, prairie canine pups and penguin chicks.
Born on the zoo on 12 Could, the cotton prime tamarin twins are an enormous trigger for celebration as these miniature monkeys are one of many world’s most endangered primates with lower than 2,000 breeding animals estimated to be left within the wild. The squirrel-sized monkeys are native to a small area in Colombia however on account of deforestation, solely 5% of their authentic habitat stays. Unlawful wildlife commerce can be one other important risk to their survival.
Additional breeding success has additionally seen the arrival of an endangered topped lemur which was born on 24 Could to mom Mikasika and father Lex. Keepers have confirmed that the brand new addition is a male, as male topped lemurs are brown in colouration in comparison with their feminine counterparts who’re gray.
Topped lemurs originate from the forests of northern Madagascar with numbers within the wild underneath risk on account of habitat loss.
Elsewhere within the zoo, the pitter patter of penguin toes have been first heard on 11 Could when keepers welcomed the primary gentoo penguin chicks of the season. Breeding season began again in February and the fluffy arrivals are certain to show common with guests.
There are 17 species of penguins on this planet and Belfast Zoo is residence to each the gentoo and rockhopper varieties.
Guests can name by the penguin enclosure at 4pm to see them having fun with their ‘fish suppers’ and to see the little chicks.
Lastly, the zoo has additionally introduced the arrival of a number of black-tailed prairie canine pups. Making their debut by rising from their burrows for the primary time earlier this month, it’s estimated that they have been born in early April. Prairie canine pups want about six weeks to develop earlier than they’re prepared to come back above floor.
Black-tailed prairie canine are a species of floor squirrel who stay in giant underground burrows, known as ‘cities’. These in depth tunnels include separate chambers for sleeping, rearing younger and for waste.
Now that the prairie canine pups are above floor, guests can get an opportunity to see the little arrivals themselves.
The zoo is open 10am – 6pm day by day together with the Financial institution Holidays. Free actions are deliberate for Sunday 5 June from 11am to 5pm:
Bubble disco bike
Mr Hullaballoo outside puppet present
Love Your Zoo Path
Animal feeding instances varied all through the day
The zoo has additionally organised for a free shuttle bus to run between the zoo and Valley Leisure Centre automobile park from 10am – 4pm on 5 June.
On-line reserving is beneficial to assist preserve snug capability ranges, scale back queuing, and guarantee the very best expertise for all guests.
Regular admission applies and tickets will be booked through www.belfastzoo.co.uk