A zoo in Staffordshire, which is looking for new owners, could add to the tourism economy in the county, according to a councillor.
Cllr Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure at Staffordshire County Council says the area already has a growing tourism trade, so a thriving zoo could also become popular with visitors.
Staffordshire has a booming tourism economy, up around 35 per cent over the last four years and I’m sure with some good investment and clever marketing the zoo could become a real hit with visitors.
We have a rich tapestry of visitor attractions here in Staffordshire with Alton Towers, one of the country's leading theme parks just down the road, and a host of other exciting places including Cannock Chase and the majestic Shugborough Estate near Stafford – and Blackbrook is certainly one of the quirkier attractions.
Staff have welcomed the birth of three baby primates at Trentham Monkey Forest – all boys – two of which were born of the same day.
"Barbary macaques are considered an endangered species," said Primatologist and Monkey Forest Director, Sue Wiper.
“This is a lovely time of year for us. We have several babies each year but to have two in one day is unusual and exciting. We celebrate every birth as a very positive step in our conservation programme," she added.
Visitors to the forest will be able to glimpse the babies holding on to their mother’s where they keep warm and feed.
The park is expecting more arrivals in the coming weeks.