Baby Tapir Obie at Drayton Manor Park
Wondering what to do this May Half Term with your kids?
Why not head to Drayton Manor Park from 27 May until 4 June 2017 to learn about animal welfare and conservation in lieu with Love Your Zoo Week. Visitors to the Park and Zoo can enjoy a full timetable of Love Your Zoo themed activities including :
* live animal talks and feeds
* bug meets
* sling shot feeds in the popular Spider Monkey enclosure all with the expert Zoo Keepers and Education Teams
Families are also invited to meet the Park’s Education Team at the Love Your Zoo Central stand, located by the Gibbon enclosure. The knowledgeable team will be sharing their passion for animal conservation and welfare and experiences of being part of BIAZA’s Love Your Zoo Week. Families are invited to listen carefully to the experts to be in with a chance of winning some cool prizes.
While you are there, make sure you meet their newest resident, Obie, a rare South American baby Tapir. Obie’s birth is one of a number of rare and endangered animal breeding successes here at Drayton Manor Zoo this spring. Make sure you also get a glimpse of Kit and Leo, the twin Cotton-Top Tamarins. These animals are all located in the tranquil 15-acre haven set in the park.
What is Tapir?
Tapir is a large, herbivorous mammal, similar in shape to a pig, with a short, prehensile nose trunk. Tapirs inhabit jungle and forest regions of South America, Central America, and South East Asia and are endangered species.
What is Cotton-Top Tamarin?
The critically endangered Cotton-Top Tamarin is a small New World monkey weighing less than 0.5 kg. One of the smallest primates, the cotton-top tamarin is easily recognized by the long, white sagittal crest extending from its forehead to its shoulders. The species is mainly found in tropical forest edges in northwestern Colombia. The Tamarin’s from Drayton originates from the South African Rainforest which is disappearing at a rate of 1.5 acres per second.
Watch short video of animal expert Chris Mitchell, giving an informative and engaging talk about the animals at Drayton Manor Zoo.