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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.


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.


VIDEO: Our camera captures baby elephant at Twycross Zoo

A newborn baby elephant at Twycross Zoo in Warwickshire went on public display today.

The newborn baby elephant, yet to be named, arrived at the zoo a week ago. She is being cared for by her mother Noorjahan.

Our camera has been capturing some of her first steps in the public spotlight.

Endangered baby elephant born at Twycross Zoo

A newborn baby elephant goes on public display today after being born at Twycross Zoo just one week ago.

The calf, who arrived at the Warwickshire zoo in the early hours of March 4, is being looked after by her mother Noorjahan.

The unnamed baby elephant is now on public display Credit: Twycross Zoo

She has yet to be given a name, but visitors to the attraction can see her out and about with the herd.

Asian elephants are classed as endangered.

Twycross Zoo regrets use of chimps in PG Tips TV ads

The Chief Executive of Twycross Zoo says chimps should never have been used in PG Tips adverts.

Studies have since found that the apes, which came from the zoo in Leiecestershire, were damaged by the experience.

One of the surviving chimps from the PG Tips adverts at Twycross Credit: ITV Central

Sharon Redrobe, who was appointed CEO in October 2013, said:

"I am very happy we have re-opened the debate on the use of chimps in the media... We have learned a lot in the last twenty years… Chimps find it difficult to be chimps when they have been reared with people…

They have not learned normal chimp etiquette and so when we have to re-introduce them, these animals become very aggressive and can kill people… We have seen many instances in the USA where these chimps have turned on their owners and that is to be expected...

I absolutely would not use chimps in entertainment anymore. They live until their thirties and forties now and we need to give them the best life possible; and that means giving them the best start possible, which is being with other chimps."

Unilever, which owns PG Tips, says it has not featured real apes for more than a decade:

"We have not featured chimpanzees in any PG Tips advertising for over a decade and now use the iconic ‘Monkey’ character as our brand ambassador.”

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