Live updates

Peekaboo panda named at zoo

Shyla the red panda Credit: Drusillas

Drusillas Park has named their baby red panda, Shyla, due to her sensitive nature.

Visitors enjoyed regular sightings of the panda puff as she pops her head out the hideaway hole.

The name Shyla was chosen from nearly 200 suggestions on the Drusillas Park Facebook page.

Staff thought it a fitting title for the peekaboo panda, who is the third born at the zoo since the group arrived in 2013.

Shyla being coaxed out by sister Anwar Credit: Drusillas


Lemurs fly the flag for the Queen

Flying the flag for the Queen Credit: Drusillas

The patriotic lemurs at Drusillas Park, East Sussex have been flying the flag in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, who will become the UK’s longest serving monarch tomorrow.

To mark this historic milestone, the thirteen furry patriots of Lemurland have been waving the Union Jack flag with pride.

In the lemur world it is always the dominant female who rules...

Porker's political preferences

Credit: ITV Meridian

Well, with less than a week to go to the general election, the pollsters are in a frenzy of anticipation.

And at Drusillas Zoo in Sussex they decided to it was time to test the politcal preferences of Porker the Pig.

Handfuls of his favourite food were placed in coloured buckets to represent the main parties. And it seems that Porker is a true blue Tory.

ITV Meridian spoke to Head Keeper at Drusillas Mark Kenward.

Zoo celebrates arrival of new baby monkey

This baby monkey was born at Drusillas Park on 18th March Credit: Drusillas Park

A critically endangered monkey has been born at Drusillas Park as part of a European breeding programme.

The bouncing baby boy arrived on 18th March and is doing well under the guidance of proud parents, Kendari and Moteck; the zoo’s resident Sulawesi crested black macaques.

These large monkeys are very distinctive due to their bright pink bottoms and punk style hair.

They are native to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi where the population has dropped by more than 80% in the last 40 years and they are now regarded as critically endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).


'Porker' has sun cream applied in preparation for the sunny day ahead

'Porker' the pig has sun cream applied in preparation for the day ahead Credit: Drusillas Park

Today is billed to be the hottest day of the year so far and at Drusillas Park in East Sussex, the staff are taking no chances.

Down on the Farm, kune kune pig Porker has had his sun cream applied by Section Leader, Sophie Leadbitter. Just as our own skin needs to be protected from the sun’s strong rays, steps must be taken to ensure this little piggy does not burn.

The keepers therefore apply high factor sun cream to ensure the happy hog remains the pig-ture of health.

Red panda cubs venture out the nest box

Mya has ventured out of the nest box for the first time Credit: Drusillas Park

Drusillas Park’s beautiful red panda twins have finally started to venture outside the nest box.

The twins, who are a boy and a girl, have evaded the outside world since their birth on 16 June. However, over the last couple of weeks they have been spotted out and about several times as mum, Mulan leads the way.

Anmar has ventured out of the nest box for the first time Credit: Drusillas Park

“It’s the minute we’ve all been waiting for and they are certainly worth the wait. They have grown a lot and are nearly as big as the adults. However you can still tell them easily apart due to their fluffy coats and cheeky characters. Red pandas are very playful by nature and our two are no exception. Interestingly our young female, Mya has taken on the slightly darker colouration of her mother, Mulan. On the other hand, Anmar has a comparatively lighter coat, much like his father, Tibao. They are still finding their feet and are not as confident on the climbing frames as their parents but they are making steady progress. Hopefully, now they have taken these initial steps they will start to spend more and more time exploring out of the box so our visitors get the opportunity to really enjoy them.”

– Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate
Load more updates