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  • 1.                                                                                                          06TBryant Thursday, 20 October 2011 11:12:02 United Kingdom Time
  • 2.       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  the  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).   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  the  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.  We  are  all  in  Paget’s  6th  form  currently  doing  our  A   Levels.     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,  Suzanne  has  the  same  vision  for   the  future  that  both  Miss  Molly  Badham  and  Miss  Nathalie  Evans  had.  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.    06TBryant Thursday, 20 October 2011 11:12:02 United Kingdom Time
  • 3.         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.        06TBryant Thursday, 20 October 2011 11:12:02 United Kingdom Time
  • 4.         Map                                                                                                    06TBryant Thursday, 20 October 2011 11:12:02 United Kingdom Time
  • 5. 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.  06TBryant Thursday, 20 October 2011 11:12:02 United Kingdom Time
  • 6.       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.    06TBryant Thursday, 20 October 2011 11:12:02 United Kingdom Time