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More Babies at Wildlife Park 2 August 2004

Following on from the recent hatching of two flamingo chicks during July, staff at the Curraghs Wildlife Park are excited at the announcement of further births.

On 7th July, the red panda gave birth to twins. These are still in the nest box and, if last year's experience is anything to go by, will not be venturing out on their own until the Autumn. However, Park staff have again installed a "Panda Cam", a CCTV system that allows visitors to glimpse the youngster in the nest box.

General Manager, Mr Nick Pinder, commented:

"We're delighted with the twins and hope that they grow up good and strong, as last year's youngster did. The CCTV will allow us to monitor their development as well as giving visitors the chance to see them which otherwise they wouldn't have. The breeding of red pandas is co-ordinated through a European endangered species breeding programme, under which Jasper, last year's offpsring, will be going to Poznan Zoo in Poland, when the paperwork is complete, and we're pleased that we have been able to play our part in this, and other, breeding programmes."

A baby squirrel monkey can also be seen at the Wildlife Park at the moment and should soon be joined by one or two more. The Bolivian squirrel monkeys have bred regularly at the Wildlife Park since their arrival from Haigh Hall Zoo, Wigan, ten years ago The baby squirrel monkey is presently clinging closely to its mothers back but she happily takes it outside when she goes foraging in the trees on the squirrel monkey island.

The Wildlife Park is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm apart from Wednesdays when it closes at 9 pm owing to the inclusive barbecues on offer.

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