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2009-09-07 07:10:00

As the University of Leicester approaches the 25th anniversary of the discovery of DNA fingerprinting (September 10), Leicester geneticists interested in a particular type of DNA are receiving some help from an unusual band of assistants. Chimpanzees at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire have been trained to enable keepers to take DNA samples with special cheek swabs. Dr Richard Badge, of the University's world renowned Department of Genetics, is studying 'mobile DNA' in the genomes of humans and...

2009-01-22 17:04:02

Keepers at a British zoo said a baby chimpanzee traveled to its new home in Germany on a flight alongside human passengers. Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, England, said the 3-month-old bonobo, Bili, boarded a plane in Birmingham with his new keeper from the Frankfurt Zoo and flew to Germany to meet his new parent, a female bonobo trained as a foster mother at the German zoo, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. Officials at the British zoo said they began looking for a foster mother for...

2008-10-13 03:00:25

STAFF at Twycross Zoo, near Nuneaton, will tend the animals in their care while wearing bright pink outfits. The unusual dress code will be introduced for one day only, Tuesday, October 28, to support Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Keepers will turn up forwork dressed in tutus, feather boas and leg warmers. There will also be a ghost train as it is half-term near Halloween. (c) 2008 Coventry Evening Telegraph. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-23 18:30:00

By Alison Dayani ONE of a Midland zoo's first gorillas, which became a favourite of children and adults over four decades, has died. Joe, a 45-year-old western lowland silverback gorilla, died on Sunday at Twycross Zoo, near Tamworth, following a short illness. The primate, weighing 32st (203kg), became one of the first gorillas to live at the zoo in July 1965 when he was just 18 months old. Keepers were today mourning the loss of the animal after more than four decades. Kim Riley, of...

2008-07-20 00:00:23

Derby schoolboy Ashley Ames treated a giraffe to a lettuce leaf during a visit to his dream day-out venue - Twycross Zoo. The eight-year-old pupil from Chellaston Junior School was invited to the zoo after being declared runner-up in a drawing competition held by Raring2Go magazine. In the Raring2Go Favourite Day Out awards, primary school children were asked to cast their votes by drawing a picture of their chosen place, with a prize for the best entry. Ashley drew a picture of...

2008-07-10 03:00:19

STAFF at Twycross Zoo are spearheading a move to give junior vets more knowledge of exotic creatures which are now kept as pets. The zoo near Nuneaton is helping students at Nottingham University learn more about such animals as monkeys, tarantulas, iguanas, salamanders, snakes and hedgehogs. Veterinarian and reproductive physiologist Dr Lisa Yon, a lecturer in zoo and wildlife medicine, now spends half her working week at the university and the other half at Twycross. Her unique dual...