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Asiatic Lion The Asiatic Lion exists as a single isolated population in India's Gujurat State. As of May 2015, the lion population was estimated at 523 individuals, comprising 268 individuals in the Junagadh District, 44 in the Gir Somnath District, 174 in the Amreli District and 37 in the Bhavnagar District. Asiatic lions are slightly smaller than African lions. Adult males weigh 160 to 190 kg (350 to 420 lb), while females weigh 110 to 120 kg (240 to 260 lb) Domestic cattle have historically been a major component of the Gir lions’ diet, although they will also feed on antelope, deer, buffalo, and wild pig. In the early 1990s, three European zoos imported pure Asiatic lions from India: the London Zoo obtained two pairs; the Zürich Zoologischer Garten one pair; and the Helsinki Zoo one male and two females. In 1994, the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) for Asiatic lions was initiated. The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) published the first European Studbook in 1999. By 2005, there were 80 Asiatic lions kept in the EEP - the only captive population outside of India.
Bactrian Camel The Bactrian Camel is formerly from Soviet Central Asia to Mongolia. Now only found naturally in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia. The humps are used to store fat, not water, as is commonly thought. The thick fur covers the body in winter but moults out during late spring to early summer. This is done so rapidly that it comes off in large masses, giving the animal a rather moth-eaten appearance. Mainly eats vegetation, but if forced by hunger, will eat fish, flesh, bones and skin. Camels can and will drink brackish, or even salt water.
Bali Starling The Bali starling is one of the rarest birds in the world and relatively new to science being first described in 1912 by Walter Rothschild, from whom the bird gains its specific name. The Bali starling’s population has declined rapidly over the past few decades. Falling victim to the illegal trapping for the caged bird trade and industrialisation, these birds have become incredibly close to extinction in the wild - it has been estimated that there are fewer than 50 of them left.
Black and White Colobus Monkey Native to Africa, Colobuses live in territorial groups of about nine individuals, based upon a single male with a number of females and their offspring. Newborn colobuses are completely white. Cases of allomothering are documented, which means members of the troop other than the infant's biological mother care for it. Colobuses are important for seed dispersal through their sloppy eating habits, as well as through their digestive systems. They are prey for many forest predators, and are threatened by hunting for the bushmeat trade, logging, and habitat destruction.
Black Mamba The black mamba is a highly venomous snake and is endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa. Despite its common name, the black mamba takes its name not from the colour of its scales, but from the interior of its mouth, which is inky-black. It is the longest species of venomous snake in Africa and the second-longest venomous snake in the world after the King Cobra.
Brazilian Tapir The overall appearance of the Tapir does tend to confuse when trying to guess its relatives. Many think it is related to pigs or to elephants, but in fact it is a relative of the horses and rhinoceroses. The Brazillian Tapir has a diet of leaves, buds, twigs, fruit and grasses. The Cotswold Wildlife Park has an excellent breeding record with this species.
Capybara The Capybara is also known as the Orinoco Hog. It is the largest member of the rodent family with adults weighing up to 60 kg and the similarity to its relative the Guinea Pig is noticeable. Found in Panama, Colombia, the Guianas to Uruguay and north-eastern Argentina. Feeds on Fruit, vegetables, grasses and aquatic plants.
Chapmans zebra The Chapmans Zebra was named after James Chapman; an English naturalist of the nineteenth century. Found in Southern Ethiopia to central Angola and eastern South Africa. Grazes on grass.
Chilean Flamingos The Chilean Flamingo is certainly the most numerous of the South American flamingos. Population estimates vary from 300,000 to 1,000,000 but numbers are difficult to assess owing to vastness and remoteness of much of the range. Flamingos are among the oldest bird groups still alive today and are probably most closely related to the ducks and geese. The Chilean flamingo's bill is equipped with comb-like structures that enable it to filter food - mainly algae and plankton - from the water of the coastal mudflats, estuaries, lagoons and salt lakes where it lives.
Clouded Leopard The Clouded Leopard has the longest canines in relation to its size than any other cat - measuring up to 4cm. Their long tail helps this cat move around in the trees with great agility. Our pair arrived in 2010 from Howletts Wild Animal Park and have produced several litters of cubs since they arrived – this is something we are incredibly proud of as they can be very difficult to breed in captivity
Crowned Sifaka Unlike the Verreaux’s Sifaka (listed as Vulnerable), this species of lemur is listed as Critically Endangered. It is thought that only 100-1000 individuals exist in the wild. Habitat destruction is the main threat faced by the species. Forests where it lives are burned to provide crops and pasture for livestock and also cut for charcoal. While it is protected by 'taboos' in some parts of Madagascar, it is also hunted for its meat or the illegal pet trade in other parts of its range.
Egyptian Fruit Bat Also known as the Dog-faced Fruitbat, the Egyptian rates as one of the smaller species of fruitbats with a weight of around 170gms. They occur in a variety of habitats, from lowlands to mountains. They rest in ancient tombs and temples, rock crevices, garden trees and date plantations, but are most common in caves. Distributed in Turkey and Cyprus to Pakistan, Egypt, most of Africa south of the Sahara. Eats Fruit juices and flower nectar.

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