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Twycross Zoo The Twycross zoo began simply as the private collection of an animal enthusiast. Twycross Zoo started from a little pet shop to a bigger zoo. Miss Mollie Badham collected small sets of animals. First she had a woolly monkey in her pet shop then she started off collecting other primates because she knew that the primates are becoming endangered and therefore she needed to help them to survive. Miss Molly Badham began collecting animals in 1940. After about 9 years she started to keep animal in the small zoo because the collection of the animals grew bigger and bigger in Staffordshire. This primate collection was moved again to Twycross zoo in 1963 because they needed even more space. After this there were no changes for the location of these animals. The zoo is most famous for keeping different kinds of primates and other animals. The Twycross zoo is best known as the only zoo that keeps the primates. The Twycross keep all the animals that are endangered and that are becoming extinct. Their jobs are to keep them in a safe place and to breed them, train them and then realising them back to the wild to their natural habitats. Address: Twycross Zoo Atherstone Warwickshire CV9 3PX * The twycross keeps different kinds of animals as well as it breeds them so it continues the population going. ...read more.


Miss Mollie Badham moved to twycross in the 1960's and bought Norton grange which is now used as the zoo's administrative centre. The chimpanzee 500,000 visitors a year and formally teach 26,000 pupils a year. Communicating the importance of conservation and biodiversity is an important part of what they do at the zoo. As their animal collection began to expand and the zoos popularity began to grow the impact upon the local community and environment became more significant. The Zoo is located near several major motorway links and is within one hour's commute of many major towns and cities. Around 9 million people live in that area and make up around 90% of their total visitors. The A444 runs directly pass the Zoo and as the Zoo entrance does not have filter lane the traffic can build up for miles during the summer months. New developments at the Zoo will be addressing this problem and easing congestion on the roads surrounding the zoo. Twycross Zoo employees around 120 full time staff the vast majority of who live in the local area. This number can nearly double during the summer months when we recruit a large number of seasonal workers to deal with the extra influx of visitors. Many of these seasonal workers are young people and students. ...read more.


They have been mostly hunted for food, trophies and ash to make ashtrays. Their population are become more extinct. The Twycross Zoo have had 2 successes, they have 2 more gorilla because they bred. Asiatic Lions also found in the Twycross zoo. Their habitats are grassland to desert area. Twycross zoo is part of the Asiatic lions breeding programme, they aiming to build up more Asiatic lions. Twycross zoo has had two successes, once they had two born cubs and then again 3 more. There are only 300 of them left in the wild so it is important to breed them as much as possible and then put them back in the wild. There are 4 species of elephants: Indian Elephant, Ceylon Elephant, Sumatran Elephant and Malaysian Elephant. The one that Twycross Zoo has is the Asian Elephant. Asian elephant has smaller ears compare to the African elephants. Breeding programme: In order to operate a successful captive breeding programme, the history of each animal should be recorded. These records are then made available to studbook holders so that they can analyse the captive population and make recommendations on animal transfers and breeding. The breeding programme has made some of the success in breeding some of the South American monkeys. The zoo has successfully bred these animals and trained them to survive in the wild before releasing them back into a protected forest. The Twycross Zoo has successfully bred a lot of other animals and has trained them and then put them back the wild life. ...read more.

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