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Introduction • Hello and welcome to the Preserving Primates newsletter, we are a small group of friends that are currently in 6th Form. We have been asked by Twycross Zoo to create a few items for their website and the Visitors, these include a web based browser game, a downloadable worksheet to do around the Zoo and a newsletter containing facts, puzzles, facilities, animals and pull out activities. • The web based browser game that we are doing is about Ape Conservation. The game has to be both fun and educational for children ages 11 and under. It has to be specifically about their conservation and how they and why they are in conservation. Also contain information about what dangers they face in the wild: such as poaching and destruction of habitat. The downloadable worksheet will be a thing that you can download or print off the Twycross Website and you can take it to the Zoo on their visit do when they are going round Zoo. This can either be a quiz, puzzles about the animals, a questionnaire or find the animal with an attached map. In the Newsletter we will be looking at the animals and their conservation; Benn will be concentrating on Primates (Apes and Monkeys), Luke will be doing a page on the Mammals and the Reptiles and Amphibians page, Amber will be working on Birds and Fish and William will be working with the Invertebrates (Insects). We will put all of this information into one newsletter and that will be our published newsletter. When we go round the Zoo each of us will be looking at our specified animals and gathering information about them to help us with our pages. • Our group consists of Benn Taylor, the group leader and Photographer; William Dyke who will be doing the graphics in our group, Luke Bryant is general knowledge and game designer and Amber Hunt the puzzle maker and also the other game designer accompanying Luke. We all will have participation in the making of the newsletters. History • Some history of Twycross zoo, the zoo was set up over 47 years ago by two competitors in the pet shop business, Miss Molly Badham and Miss Nathalie Evans, moved to Hints Zoological Society near Tamworth in 1949. They got an acre of land and a bungalow, but this became too small and moved to their current place of work near Twycross. Then in 2004 they handed their zoo over to the new manager, Mrs. Suzanne Boardman. This vision is to raise awareness about the plight of the animals in the wild through both education and conservation and help conserve endangered species. R.Blaize Tuesday, 1 November 2011 10:19:48 United Kingdom Time
Facilities Food & Drink We offer great value for money food for both children and adults with a fantastic selection of delicious food including; jacket potatoes, sandwiches and cakes all from local producers. We also offer special facilities for pre-‐booked groups. Car Parking Parking is free and is normally within the zoo, so your vehicle is accessible at all times. Disabled facilities Cafés, toilets and most animal houses are accessible by wheelchair. Guide dogs are permitted at the zoo, although there is no access to the apes and elephants. There is no disabled access to the inside of the lemur house. Mobility Scooters Mobility scooters are available for hire at £10.00 (to be booked in advance) from Guest Services. Identification should be produced on arrival. Toilets There are several toilet blocks within the zoo including disabled toilets and baby changing facilities. Do visit the Himalaya bathrooms to see the amazing leaf cutter ants! Picnic Areas There are several open grassy areas and picnic benches within the zoo which you are very welcome to picnic on. Conferences We have a wide range of conferencing facilities across the Zoo site, including Windows on the Wild, a stunning New England themed room overlooking a wading birds aviary. Retail Therapy For all your shopping needs visit the shop in the Himalaya where we have an array of toys, gifts and souvenirs, plus near enough every species of animal in cuddly toy form. We also stock a range of "day out essentials", so if the weather suddenly changes we have umbrellas and sun cream to purchase. Gallery Twycross Gallery is an exciting new space for contemporary art, providing an extensive selection of fabulous paintings, limited edition prints, plus unique sculptures, ceramics and glass. R.Blaize Tuesday, 1 November 2011 10:19:48 United Kingdom Time
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Twycross Animals Snow leopards live We have four cows Tapirs are found in Orangutans are the in high rugged (female) here at the forest habitats only apes from mountains in the Zoo, replicating and never stray far Asia. Their name central Asia. This natural behavior in from water. They means ‘old man of rare and secretive the wild, where the have a trunk-‐like the forest’. There species inhabits a cows and offspring nose and very good are two species; harsh, remote live in herds. Each sense of smell which Bornean and environment with herd has a they use to find food Sumatran. The cold, dry climate matriarch-‐a mature and sense danger. spend most of and sparse female. Bull’s They can use their their lives in trees, vegetation. They (male) usually nose like a snorkel searching for food are shy elusive cats wander solitarily, when swimming! to eat and building and are mostly only meeting with Baby tapirs are born nest from branches active and dusk females to mates. with stripes which every night. and dawn. They In the group at provide them with Habitat destruction are rarely seen in Twycross the camouflage. The and capture for the the wild. It is a very matriarch is Minbu. stripes are thought pet trade have led powerful predator Each elephant is to mimic the to rapidly and hunt wild different from the dapples light on the decreasing number sheep and goats. others. forest floor. of them. Gibbons are known Spider monkeys Our Chilean The pink faced as lesser apes, dues have prehensile flamingos occupy a loved bird has a to their smaller size. tails, which they shallow pool, ideal distinctive pink We have several use as a fifth limb. to wade in. They face, which is species at the Zoo. The top of their tail get their distinctive where it gets its Unlike most other has a bare, touch colour from their name from. They Apes they live in sensitive pas, diet. In the wild are found in small family groups, which helps them they eat algae and southern Africa. They inhabit dry consisting of to hold on to shrimp-‐like regions where they monogamous pairs branches. Spider animals. Here they is permanent with their offspring. monkeys from have food water. They feed It takes between six large family’s supplements primarily on seeds and eight years for a groups and mark containing all the gibbon to reach their territory by nutrients, energy and will flock in maturity. Adult rubbing saliva on and vitamins they hundreds to feed females give birth to their scent glands need to give them and gather around one baby every two and then on their pink colour. water to drink. or three years. branches. R.Blaize Tuesday, 1 November 2011 10:19:48 United Kingdom Time
The g reen winged Mexican red-‐kneed The markings and These get their names macaw is mostly tarantulas are colours on the from the way they cut red, but its wings venomous but also are poison-‐dart frog act leaves and this is their are blue and green. very docile. They hunt as a warning to only food. They live They are one of the at night and jump out would be predators underground in largest of the at prey to catch them. as its skin contains colonies of two or macaws. They live They inject poison into neurotoxins (which three millions. They in the forests and the prey. The majority cause paralysis). The consist of four swamps in central of them diet is made frogs do not produce different castes; and South America. up of insects but will poisons themselves; minims care for the They eat a variety of hunt small mammals rather they absorb young, minors are the plants, nuts, fruit and frogs. The the neurotoxins from foragers, mediae are seeds, berries and bottoms of their legs their prey (insects) the foragers and the vegetables. They are sensitive to and deposit them majors are the are often seen in vibrations, taste and into their skin. soldiers and defend pairs or in family smell along with their the nest from groups 8 eight eyes to find intruders and do the prey heavy lifting. Tortoises are easy The leopard gecko has These fresh water The red eared slider is to spot, as they a yellow skin coloured turtles live in and a species of have a hard shell background with black around slow-‐flowing freshwater turtle. made of large scales spots on the tops. It water. Its shell is They have webbed called ‘scutes’. measures at 17-‐23cm brown with a hint of feet and have a red Unlike other long and its toes are green, spotted stripe down each side reptiles, tortoises thin. They are very yellow. They can be of their head. They don’t shed skin. few geckos to have found throughout are found in the These reptiles live a eyelids which the Europe, western Southern of United long time with the leopard geckos have. Asia and North States and in Mexico. oldest recorded They are found in Iran, Africa. They can They eat fish, insects tortoise at 200 Afghanistan, western breed at 3 or 4 years and water plants. years. We have India and Pakistan. of age. They are They lay between 2-‐ several of tortoise, They eat insects, often kept as pets 22 eggs. They can live including Aladabra, spiders, snails, small and can adapt well up to a massive age of pancake and spur-‐ mammals and eggs. to changing 75 depending on their thighed. environment. environmental factors. R.Blaize Tuesday, 1 November 2011 10:19:48 United Kingdom Time