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Range of new animals join Marwell Zoo for annual census

A Guianan squirrel monkey baby - born in October 2019. Photo credited to Marwell Zoo.

Marwell Zoo has started the decade by introducing a few new friendly faces, as it counts-up every single animal on site.

An endangered red panda and okapi calf - a type of giraffe - are among its new residents.

As part of its zoo licence, Marwell is currently undertaking a yearly census - accounting for all its resident mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

Marwell Zoo's Animal Collection Manager, Ross Brown said: "It's used to help manage the worldwide conservation breeding programmes for animals.

In 2019, a new mongoose species has been introduced to Marwell. This female BokiBoky is just over a year old. Photo credited to Marwell Zoo.

"We've had some fantastic breeding success last year, and we've been granted recommendations by the European Endangered Species Programme ... to breed some really exciting species moving forward, so bring on 2020!"

Based in Colden Common near Winchester, the wildlife park hosts over 3,500 animals across more than 140 different species.

Last year, Rio Cauca Caecilians - a type of aquatic amphibian - were among the new species embraced to the Marwell collection.

 Grevy's zebra foal - photo credited to Marwell Zoo.

The zoo was established in 1972.

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