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Weekend Picks: Meet the Maasai

Meet the Maasai: Sat 2nd - Sun 3rd July (Twycross Zoo, Warwickshire)

This weekend meet the Oloip Maasai dancers who’ve travelled from the Great Rift Valley in Kenya to show off their world-famous dancing at Twycross Zoo.

Oloip Maasai dancers from Kenya at Twycross Zoo Credit: Sharon Redrobe

Dressed in brightly coloured robes and intricate beaded jewellery, the dancers will have drumming and dancing sessions and storytelling where they will be sharing stories about cultural heritage.

There will also be craft lessons demonstrating bush skills and audiences will learn how to make traditional jewellery.

This is a fantastic opportunity for all our visitors to learn about life in a traditional Maasai village in Kenya and what it is like to live in a wonderfully diverse habitat with animals like our giraffe and zebra and to support the Oloip Maasai dancers in their bid to raise awareness.”

– Dr Charlotte Macdonald, Director of Life Sciences

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New 'Gibbon Forest' at Twycross Zoo

A gibbon Credit: ITV News Central

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The development marks the latest phase in the zoo's £55m investment programme.


Rare baby ape born at Twycross Zoo

There's been a new arrival in the ape enclosure at Twycross Zoo just in time for the summer holidays - a baby Bonobo.

And because Bonobos are an endangered species, it's been causing quite a stir. Georgia Arlott joined families across the Midlands who're hoping to catch a glimpse of the newborn,

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
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