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New Exhibit at Wildlife Park 26 March 2005

There is a new exhibit at the Curraghs Wildlife Park in Ballaugh but an exhibit with a difference. To celebrate the Park's 40th Anniversary Year there is a display of photographs and newspaper articles showing how the Park has developed over the years since 1965 when it first opened to the public.

Other new animal exhibits are expected soon. Alaotran gentle lemurs, one of the most endangered primates in the world, and Rodrigues Island fruit bats, one of the most threatened bat species in the world, will be arriving in the near future to enhance the collection in the Wildlife Park. In recent years, the Wildlife Park has been concentrating more and more on endangered species whilst trying to show wetland wildlife, in keeping with its setting in the premier wetland conservation site in the Isle of Man and one which has recently been recognised with its designation as an area of Special Scientific Interest.

The Wildlife Park also recently welcomed two female sitatunga, a wetland species of antelope, from Belfast Zoo. These are presently becoming accustomed to their new home and will on view in the African Bush area of the Wildlife Park after Easter.

The General Manager of the Curraghs Wildlife Park, Mr Nick Pinder, commented:

"This is an exciting year for us and we've lots of events planned, from the HSBC Easter Bunny Treasure Hunt over the Easter weekend right through to a photo exhibition at the end of the year, so we hope that people will keep an eye out for what's happening and come back to see us and our new animal exhibits many times over the year."

The Curraghs Wildlife Park is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm.

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