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Sun dance at Longleat

African dancers in the sunshine at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire Credit: Ian Axton

A group of African dancers have been performing in the sun at Longleat in Wiltshire. They are part of the celebrations for a new attraction, which the safari park hope will prove very popular with visitors. Who wouldn't want the chance to feed a giraffe or two after all?

The giraffes seem to be enjoying the new "Feed the Giraffe" attraction at Longleat Credit: Ian Axton
Children from Horningsham Primary School in Wiltshire were invited to open the new facility Credit: Ian Axton

Weather picture: Tall shadows at Longleat

That's more like it! A giraffe basking in the sunshine at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire - not quite African weather though! Credit: ITV West

Our presenter Ian Axton took this shot of a giraffe at Longleat in Wiltshire. It probably casts the tallest shadow around. Or do you know different? Email your pictures to or paste them on our Facebook site.

Longleat escaped monkey recaptured

A rhesus macaque monkey Credit: PA

A monkey which prompted a search by staff and police after escaping from a safari park has been found. Keepers at Longleat successfully recovered the juvenile rhesus macaque monkey at about 8pm yesterday. The primate is thought to have made its bid for freedom during the afternoon.

The safari park said: "The monkey was caught close to the estate in a humane trap that was baited with fruit and appears to be fit and healthy. It has now been returned to Longleat where it will be given a thorough examination.

"A detailed inspection of the Monkey Jungle enclosure has not revealed any potential gaps in the secure perimeter fencing, therefore it is possible that the small primate may have been inadvertently taken out of the enclosure on a vehicle.

"Steps have been taken to ensure this cannot happen in the future.

Staff from the park led the search for the "low-risk" animal with the help of officers from Wiltshire Police.


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