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Twycross Zoo announce £55 million development

A black and white ruffed lemur at Twycross Zoo Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Twycross Zoo on the Warwickshire/Leicestershire border has announced a £55 million development.

A new giraffe area, an island complex for gibbons, a children's water-play area, an extension to the orangutan house and a new cafe are all part of the development.

Work is due to start this year.

A meerkat chewing on a rose Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Red-heads get free entry at zoo celebrating World Orangutan Day

Batu is the only male Orangutan at Twycross Credit: Twycross Zoo

People with red hair are to get free entry at Twycross Zoo in Warwickshire today, to celebrate World Orangutan Day.

The number of the endangered species left in the wild has declined by half in the past 60 years.

Twycross is the only zoo in the UK to have all four types of Great Ape, part of that selection being 4 Bornean orangutans - one male, and three female, including a three-year-old.

Three-year-old Molly Credit: Twycross Zoo

CCTV of rare Amur leopards at Twycross Zoo

CCTV has been released by Twycross Zoo of two of the world's most endangered big cats.

Video courtesy of Twycross Zoo.

Amur leopards live in China and south-eastern Russia.

With fewer than 50 of the cats left in the wild, the new arrivals form part of a conservation effort to save the species from extinction.

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Cute! World's rarest big cats born at Twycross Zoo

Staff at Twycross Zoo are celebrating the pitter-patter of little paws after the birth of two of the world's most endangered big cats, the Amur leopard.

Amur leopards are the most endangered big cats in the world, with fewer than 50 left in the wild Credit: Twycross Zoo

With fewer than 50 of the cats left in the wild, the new arrivals form part of a conservation effort to save the species from extinction.

The two new arrivals form part of a conservation effort Credit: Twycross Zoo

Amur leopards live in China and south-eastern Russia, where they face the threat of poaching, illegal logging, forest clearance and land development - on top of the risks posed by disease and in-breeding in such a small population.

Bill Oddie launches photography competition at Twycross Zoo

A new campaign has been launched at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire to raise money to save the Great Apes of Africa.

The head of the zoo says if nothing is done, Gorillas and Chimpanzees will be extinct within twenty years.

Last year ITV News Central filmed at a sanctuary in Cameroon helping injured & orphaned primates, which are being hunted for their meat.

Conservationist Bill Oddie was there today to help launch the photography competition fundraiser.

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