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Race to save water voles across the south

The number of water voles in the south has been declining Credit: ITV Meridian

The number of water voles in our region has been declining rapidly over the last century.

The People's Trust for Endangered Species is now asking for the public's help to count how many of the animals live across the South.

Conservationists say habitat loss and the release and spread of American mink has led to the problem.

Zookeeper helps endangered monkeys

Zoo keeper, Jodie Dryden, spent 5 weeks in Indonesia working with black macaques Credit: Drusillas Park

A zoo keeper has been looking after critically endangered monkeys in Indonesia.

Jodie Dryden, who works at from Drusillas Park in East Sussex, has been assisting a programme for five weeks to raise awareness of the endangered black macaques in the wild.

Jodie Dryden assisted the Selamatkan Yaki Conservation Programme Credit: Drusillas Park

The macaques species are looked after at Drusillas but their population in the wild has declined by 80% over 40 years because of habitat destruction and hunting.

The primates are considered a local delicacy and are being killed at an unsustainable rate.

A Sulawesi crested black macaque in the wild Credit: Drusillas Park

Jodie said: "I work closely with the family group of macaques at Drusillas and have a keen interest in this species. I wanted to do something extra to help and the Selamatkan Yaki programme seemed perfect."

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