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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).

'Porker' has sun cream applied in preparation for the sunny day ahead

'Porker' the pig has sun cream applied in preparation for the day ahead Credit: Drusillas Park

Today is billed to be the hottest day of the year so far and at Drusillas Park in East Sussex, the staff are taking no chances.

Down on the Farm, kune kune pig Porker has had his sun cream applied by Section Leader, Sophie Leadbitter. Just as our own skin needs to be protected from the sun’s strong rays, steps must be taken to ensure this little piggy does not burn.

The keepers therefore apply high factor sun cream to ensure the happy hog remains the pig-ture of health.


Red panda cubs venture out the nest box

Mya has ventured out of the nest box for the first time Credit: Drusillas Park

Drusillas Park’s beautiful red panda twins have finally started to venture outside the nest box.

The twins, who are a boy and a girl, have evaded the outside world since their birth on 16 June. However, over the last couple of weeks they have been spotted out and about several times as mum, Mulan leads the way.

Anmar has ventured out of the nest box for the first time Credit: Drusillas Park

“It’s the minute we’ve all been waiting for and they are certainly worth the wait. They have grown a lot and are nearly as big as the adults. However you can still tell them easily apart due to their fluffy coats and cheeky characters. Red pandas are very playful by nature and our two are no exception. Interestingly our young female, Mya has taken on the slightly darker colouration of her mother, Mulan. On the other hand, Anmar has a comparatively lighter coat, much like his father, Tibao. They are still finding their feet and are not as confident on the climbing frames as their parents but they are making steady progress. Hopefully, now they have taken these initial steps they will start to spend more and more time exploring out of the box so our visitors get the opportunity to really enjoy them.”

– Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate


Snowy owl chicks first to be hatched in 15 years at zoo

The two snowy owl chicks have hatched at Drusillas Park Credit: Drusillas Park

Two snowy owl chicks have hatched at Drusillas Park in East Sussex and are the first to be successfully reared at the zoo in over 15 years.

Although they are fluffy and grey now, their new white feathers will replace the down as they get older.

The chicks will gradually turn lighter and "whiter" as they get older Credit: Drusillas Park

Porker the pig makes another World Cup prediction

Porker the Prediction Pig has been hogging the limelight once again at Drusillas Park, East Sussex – he has foreseen that Chile will be triumphant in tomorrow’s World Cup last 16 game against host nation Brazil.

Porker the pig makes his next World Cup prediction Credit: Drusillas Park

The mystic pig once again dribbled his way out from the penalty box towards two fodder-filled buckets; one flying the flag of Brazil and other adorning the colours of Chile.

The goal was that Porker would predict the winning team based on which bucket he pigged out on first and Chile just nicked it in the last second of extra time.

Porker, has excellent form after correctly predicting the outcome of England’s match against Uruguay last week.

Now all that remains to be seen is whether he’s right again or just telling porkies. If his prediction does comes true, there’s a very good chance he’ll become a little pig-headed!

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