Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens to house rare monkeys
The process to become a member of the endangered breeding
programme for these rare monkeys started over a year ago and
approval has just recently been confirmed. In 2014 Kirkley Hall
Zoological Gardens became a full member of the British and Irish
Association for Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and has since worked
closely with a breeding programme coordinator to ensure that the
zoo has the appropriate accommodation and skills to look after
these endangered monkeys.
The breeding programme, which is managed throughout all European
Zoos, ensures that the best males and females are paired together.
This helps to ensure that there is a large population in captivity
in case the wild population was to suffer great losses, or even
extinction due to deforestation and the pet trade.
Steven Sykes, Animal Resource Centre Manager at Kirkley Hall
Zoological Gardens said: "We are delighted to have these Emperor
Tamarins at the zoo and it's great to be part of this programme to
protect endangered species like these rare monkeys."
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens houses over 200 species of
animals including other small new world monkey species such as the
critically endangered cotton-top tamarin and endangered Goeldi's
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens was established as a realistic
learning environment for students at Northumberland College's
Kirkley Hall campus and is also open to the public on weekends and
Anyone who would like to find out more about Kirkley Hall
Zoological Gardens can visit: www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk