1:41 pm, Mon 20 May 2013 Racoons on the run from zoo
Runaway racoon returns to zoo
Bandit the racoon has returned to Drusillas Park
A racoon has found its way back to an East Sussex zoo after escaping three weeks ago.
Bandit the racoon fled from Drusillas Park on Friday, 26 April with her sister, who was later discovered at the Go Wild! adventure play area with no sight of Bandit.
Zoo staff continued to look for the missing racoon but during a routine evening check they found the animal had somehow found her way back into the enclosure with her family.
8:05 am, Fri 03 May 2013 Racoons on the run from zoo
Missing racoon found but one still at large
These racoons went on the run
A missing racoon has been found safe and well at Drusillas Park thanks to the swift actions of two school girls.
Sasha Rodger and Daphne Lock discovered Turpin the racoon after he went missing two days ago.
Turpin is returned to her pen
Sasha and Daphne notified the zoo staff who were able to recover fury fugitive.
The girls were enjoying an impromptu visit to Drusillas as their school was closed due to polling.
Sasha Rodger and Daphne Lock found the missing racoon
Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate commented: “We are very grateful to Sasha and Daphnefor finding her.”
But the zoo is still looking for Bandit the racoon who went missing at the same time.
5:15 pm, Wed 01 May 2013 Racoons on the run from zoo
Hunt launched for missing racoons
Turpin and Bandit have gone missing from Drusillas Park
Credit: Drusillas Park
Staff at Drusillas Park in East Sussex are hunting for two racoons that have escaped from their enclosure.
Two of the four resident racoons were discovered missing during early morning checks.
The racoons named Turpin and Bandit had moved to a shared enclosure at the beginning of March. It's thought they might have been scared by a loud noise and fled over an electric fence.
Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate, said: “Incidents of this nature happen very rarely at the zoo but when they do, it is clearly a worrying time. The keepers have been scouring the park and surrounding area but we are appealing to the public to be vigilant too."
6:45 am, Fri 04 Jan 2013
Park begins annual counting of animals
Staff at Drusilla's Park in Sussex have begun their annual counting of all the animals in their care.
The 'stock taking' is one of the biggest jobs in the zoo's calendar and ensures that all the park's records are up to date.
New births at the site over the past year have included a baby black lemur, penguins, a colobus monkey, fennec foxes, squirrel monkeys, prairie dogs, a flamingo chick, tamarins and marmosets.
Staff at Drusilla's Zoo Park undertake their annual New Year stock take
5:30 pm, Fri 12 Oct 2012 Otter-ly perfect arrival
Tiny Otter pup ventures outside for first time
The Asian short-clawed otter was born on 18th August
A baby short-clawed otter born at Drusilla's Park has ventured into the limelight for the first time.
The Asian short clawed otter has been spotted outside his nesting box in East Sussex after being closely guarded by his parents since he was born on 18th August.
Unlike many species of otter, Asian short-clawed otters are very social and like to live in large family groups. They are monogamous, staying with the same partner throughout their life.
Asian short-clawed otters are the smallest of the world’s thirteen different otter species, measuring just 65cm from head to tail when fully grown.
As their name suggests, they are native to Asia, where populations are declining due to hunting, habitat destruction and water pollution and they are now considered a vulnerable species in the wild.
Asian short-clawed otters are the smallest breed of otter