We are proud to announce the arrival of 2 new members to our ring-tailed lemur troop. Ruth, our matriarch (the boss of the troop) has given birth to a very healthy infant and Pandora has also given birth.
Here at the zoo, we were all very excited to see the babies clinging on to their mothers’ bellies. The babies are now beginning to move around their mother and begin to ride on her back when they are foraging.
Ring-tailed lemurs are classified as “near threatened” by the IUCN (the international body that researches the risk of species going extinct). Due to this “near threatened” classification, the births are another triumph in Flamingo Land’s breeding of endangered and threatened species.
Our mangabeys can now be found settling in to their new house - previously home to the chimpanzees.
Visitors to the park have become accustomed to seeing our mangabeys swinging around on their ropes or figuring out how to get their food out of their coconuts next to the to the tiger enclosure. Mangabeys are endangered in the wild and due to hunting and habitat destruction their numbers have been seriously decreasing in the wild. Our mangabeys are part of a strict breeding programme called the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme (look out for the EEP sign as you venture around the zoo to see who else is part of this programme). With numbers dwindling in the wild, it is imperative that zoos are breeding up numbers in captivity.
It was this same breeding programme that saw our chimpanzees, Tupolo and Copper, head up north to Blair Drummond Safari Park earlier this year. The chimpanzee enclosure is a fantastic space and it was decided that the mangabeys could go on a bit of a holiday to another part of the zoo. As these monkeys are fascinating to watch, the old chimpanzee house, with its fantastic open windows seemed a perfect place to showcase the mangabeys.
Leeds United is pleased to announce that Flamingo Land Theme Park and Resort will be the new Sponsor of the Leeds United Academy for the 2011/12 Season.
The Academy, is based at Thorp Arch, has a long history of producing players for both the club and at international level. Jonny Howson, who captained the first team last season, is one of the most recent graduates and has made over 200 senior appearances for the club.
Both chairman Ken Bates and manager Simon Grayson recently spoke of the importance of a strong Academy system within the club and no less than eight players on the first team pre-season tour to Scotland last week had graduated through the club’s Academy.