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Monkeys go on the run from Marwell Zoo

Visitors said the zoo was put on lockdown after the monkey made its escape. Credit: Kevin O'Donnell

Two monkeys have given their keepers the runaround after escaping from their cage in Marwell Zoo near Winchester.

Visitors said they were put "on lockdown" and posted photos showing efforts to capture the macaque monkeys as they roamed around.

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The zoo later said "the situation with the macaques is under control" in a tweet, adding "we apologise for any inconvenience".


Endangered baby monkey named by the public

Indah is starting to explore her new home at Marwell Zoo Credit: Natasha Jeffries

A critically endangered eight week old monkey has finally been given her name after members of the public voted.

Marwell Zoo’s adorable Sulawesi-crested macaque has been named Indah!

Indah is now starting to explore her new home with a watchful eye from mum and dad.

Born to mum, Drusilla and dad, Douglas, This is the first macaque born at Marwell for 10 years.

Sulawesi-crested macaques (Macaca nigra) are the most endangered of the seven macaque species found on the island of Sulawesi.

In the wild they live in tropical rainforests and mangrove swamp areas on the Northern Peninsula of the Indonesian island.

The animals face many threats in the wild - one of them is over hunting for food, as they are considered a delicacy in areas of Sulawesi.

“Thank you to all who have voted to help us name our exciting new arrival. The winning name was selected by one of our keepers and means beautiful in Indonesian. She is settling in really well to the group and is at the stage in her development where she is confident to explore.

“Under the watchful eye of mum Drusilla, she can be seen regularly running around and attempting to climb. Her sweet and playful nature has won the hearts of the entire team and visitors alike!”

– Claire Mound, Team Leader of Primates and Small Mammals

Critically endangered cotton-top tamarins born

It's double trouble for one zoo in Winchester where two baby monkeys have been born.

The twins, which have not yet been named, are cotton-top tamarins and were born at Marwell Zoo.

Their parents, Inca and Roca,have been teaching their one week old babies how to look after themselves but it could be up to five weeks before the babies venture out on their own.

It's not yet known whether the proud parents have given birth to boys or girls.

Tamarins are on the critical endangered list and it's estimated their numbers have decreased by 80 per cent over the past two decades.

"Inca and Roca are first-time parents and they are doing a fantastic job for caring for the twins. Dad takes on most of the carrying duties and Mum takes over to feed them. Cotton tops are generally a bold species so we are looking forward to the babies becoming more independent and causing trouble."

– Claire Mound, Senior Zoo Keeper


Endangered twin monkeys born at Marwell Zoo

A pair of critically endangered cotton-top tamarin monkeys have successfully given birth to twins at Marwell Zoo.

It is too early to determine whether the babies are male or female but they will be examined closely once they have had time to bond with their Mum, Inca and Dad, Roca.

The cotton-top tamarin species is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and it is believed the reduction in population is due to destruction of habitat.

At just over one-week-old the little monkeys are seen clinging onto their dad. Credit: MarwellZoo

Claire Mound, senior keeper for Marwell Zoo’s primates, said:

Inca and Roca are first-time parents and they are doing a fantastic job for caring for the twins. Dad takes on most of the carrying duties and Mum takes over to feed them. Over the next few weeks the babies will begin to develop and take notice of their surroundings. Normally between 2-5 weeks old they will become mobile and start venturing off of mum and dad.

We will expect to see them trying solid food from around a month old but they will not be fully weaned until approximately 4-6 months old. Cotton tops are generally a bold species so we are looking forward to the babies becoming more independent and causing trouble.

– Claire Mound

Zookeepers and animals are Happy like Pharrell

From zoo keepers busting a move in the giraffe house to volunteers strutting their stuff at admissions, Marwell Zoo has created their very own version of Pharrell’s hit song ‘Happy’.

The charity, which has its own choir, has re-written the lyrics to to celebrate the arrival of Velma the dinosaur.

Velma is a living Velociraptor and will be part of Marwell’s summer event ‘Rise of the Dinosaurs’.

James Cretney, Chief Executive of Marwell Wildlife said: “It was great fun for everyone to get together to promote a worthy cause. So with dinosaurs arriving this summer, the choir decided to take on the Pharrell song ‘Happy’.

Baby hippo born in time for Christmas

The tiny female calf is already on her feet Credit: Marwell

A baby hippo has been born in time for Christmas at Marwell's Wildlife Park and are asking the public to name the new addition.

Weighing just 6 kilos and measuring 15cm in height, the new arrival is already on her feet exploring her new home.

Her 18-year-old mum, Wendy, lived at Marwell and her Dad stayed with Marwell in the summer and the hippo is an important addition to the European Endangered Breeding Programme (EEP).

Staff want the public to help name the hippo by choosing between Gloria, Rosie and Harriet on their website.

Shelly Parkes, Collection Manager at Marwell Zoo said: "We have had a very successful and busy winter this year with lots of new arrivals in the zoo. The birth of a pygmy hippo, a species which is Endangered in the wild, is another great achievement for Marwell."

In the wild pygmy hippos are elusive animals, living in the swamps of western Africa. Pygmy hippos, and their larger cousins, the common hippopotamus, play an important part in maintaining the ecosystems of the African wetlands and the surrounding grasslands and forests.

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