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Wingham Wildlife Park Wingham Wildlife News 2019

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by Zia, 27 Feb 2019.

  1. Zia

    Zia Well-Known Member

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    First bit of news for 2019...

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  2. littleRedPanda

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    Actually, they did both turn four in Feb
     
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    I visited today. I particularly wanted to see the black mangabeys, as it has been many years since I last saw this splendid species. As far as I could tell, there were only 3 on show: the adult male (who has lost most of his tail), a subadult male and a young juvenile. I did not see an adult female. The other new monkey enclosures hold squirrel monkeys and eastern black and white colobus. Between these monkey enclosures and the dinosaur park, two further enclosures are under construction to complete the jungle-themed section: to judge from the height and robust construction of the pairs of roof supports in each enclosure, these seem to be designed for species that can climb well but need strong mesh to contain them. Putting 2 and 2 together, I thought of leopards, but I could easily be wrong.
    I liked the new cusimanse exhibit and the binturongs showed well in the afternoon in the exhibit they now share with the Ascos (Asian small-clawed otters). But the stars of the day were the 4 smooth otter kits and their harassed parents. I managed to miss the noon feed and talk, and their extra supper (at about 4.45 pm, I think), but I enjoyed watching the aftermath of each. The kits, still a bit smaller than an Asco and less than half the size of their parents, were full of mischief. They were obviously drawn towards the water, playing and foraging in the muddy margins of their pool and teetering on the water's edge. Inevitably, from time to time, one fell in and their parents had to pull it out and then try to shepherd the other kits away, without much obvious success. I expect that the kits will be swimming properly quite soon. I took an awful lot of photos and I hope to put a little sequence into the Wingham gallery in a few days time.
     
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    I thought the new rainforest enclosure opposite the mangabey /colobus exhibits might be a new Jaguar exhibit I
     
  6. gentle lemur

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    That crossed my mind too ;)
     
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    When I went last autumn I also saw three, the tailless male and seperated from him indoors, what I thought were two adult females...
     
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