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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:NOVEMBER/DECEMBER


MONSTERS, MAMMALS AND MARMOSETS! KEEPER NOTES FROM THE WILDLIFE PARK


Following a busy half-term Holiday, with our investigation into the Beast of Bassenthwaite and lots of Halloween fun, we settled back to normality this month!


The highlight for me this autumn, has been the arrival of ‘Manga’ our newest addition. This small, squirrel-like monkey


is a


Geoffroy’s Marmoset. Males and females look similar; only about 8 inches long, with a blackish- brown coat with elongated black ear tufts, white forehead, cheeks and throat, with dark brown under parts and a black tail that is lightly ringed.


Geoffroy’s Marmosets are omnivores, native to


the lowland


rainforests of Brazil; here at the Wildlife Park,


they are fed


‘Hi’ to Manga (front) our newest addition. Introduced to Tari our male Geoffroys Marmoset (behind)


a special marmoset diet, bananas, grapes, apples, string beans, fruit and mealworms. They are often given gum for enrichment purposes as well.


share best practice regarding mammal husbandry.


Hooray! Time to start practice for this year’s keepers Carol Service on 9th December!


Zookeeper Kasper, introduced Manga to ‘Tari’ our male Geoffroy’s Marmoset and they are both very much in love! We hope to hear the patter of tiny marmoset feet next spring - marmoset Dads’ play a big role in rearing young, so Tari will be kept busy too!


In October, most of our keepers managed to attend at least part of The Mammal Working Group 2017 Annual Conference, which brought together BIAZA collections from across the UK for a two-day event. Presentations covered a wide range of mammalian topics, and enrichment reproduction.


from training


to conservation and This was a wonderful


opportunity to update our knowledge and


Whilst November is a super time for quiet visits to take advantage of photographic opportunities and observation of the animals at the wildlife park, it won’t be long before we’re busy with preparations for school nativity/party visits and of course the Keeper’s Christmas Carol Service at 2.30pm on the 9th of December – hope to see you all there!


Richard Robinson, Park Manager and the Team Find out more at www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.com


017687 76239


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