August 8, 2008

Kizzy’s Bundle of Joy Lights Up Zoo


A new addition has been welcomed to the family at Shaldon Wildlife Trust.

Kizzy, their yellow-breasted capuchin has given birth to a healthy miniature version of herself.

The bundle of joy has put a smile on the faces of staff and volunteers.

Kizzy came from Mulhouse Zoo, France, and her partner Borba, from Zurich Zoo, Switzerland.

Trust director Tracey Moore said: "It is Kizzy's first baby and they are being fantastic parents."

Yellow-breasted capuchins are critically endangered and one of the top 25 most endangered primates in the world, with only a handful of collections in Europe.

They are found in a very restricted area of the Atlantic Forest of eastern Brazil, one of the richest and most rapidly disappearing ecosystems in the world.

Shaldon Wildlife Trust is helping to fund research in the wild to understand the ecology and behaviour of yellow-breasted capuchins in the wild.

The trust is having special late nights from 6pm until 9pm today, Thursday August 21 and Thursday, September 4.

Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the animals and gardens.

Tracey added: "In addition to seeing the baby capuchin visitors will also be able to see our baby twin emperor tamarins, twin agoutis, porcupine, twin ring-tailed lemurs and triplet cusimanse babies."

Admission will be pounds5.50 per person and includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

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