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.
From 30th May until 5th June, Flamingo Land Resort will be teaming up with zoos throughout the UK to support the British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums (BIAZA) ‘Love Your Zoo’ Week.
This national programme of events has been designed to encourage people to visit their local zoo, creating a better understanding of BIAZA’s work and inspiring conservation of our natural world.
To kick off this great event, you’ll have the opportunity to meet our Zoo vet, Matt Brash, between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on Monday 30th May. Author and TV celebrity, Matt and his team have looked after our collection for many years and will provide visitors with a unique perspective on the animal world!