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Hungry pandas call for extra bamboo at zoo

Zoo keepers in Sussex are urgently asking gardeners to give them food for their pandas.

The red pandas, like Mulan, can eat up to two kilograms of bamboo a day - and supplies at Drusillas Park in Alfriston are currently running low.

The animals originate from the Himalayan mountains of China, India and Nepal. Mulan and her partner Anmar's diet consists almost entirely of the plant. We hear from head keeper Mark Kenward.


REPORT: Giant anteater makes a splash!

They're becoming increasingly rare in the wild but a giant anteater has become the latest exotic addition to a zoo in Sussex.

'Olivia' has been given a purpose-built sanctuary but, with only 5,000 of her species left, experts say its becoming imperative their natural habitats are protected.

Andy Dickenson speaks to head keeper at Drusilla's, Mark Kenward.

Baby sloth hand-reared by zoo keepers

She needs feeding every three hours and must be looked after day and night.

Flash is as demanding as any four month old baby. But that's where the resemblance ends. You see, Flash is a Southern Two-toed Sloth who was orphaned soon after birth.

So the keepers at Drusillas Park in Sussex have become her surrogate parents, as Malcolm Shaw now reports.

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).

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