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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Tapir day at Cumbria zoo aims to secure species’ future

A wildlife park is part of an international campaign to support the plight of a declining animal.

Tapir photo
A tapir

A family of Brazilian tapirs are among the star attractions at The Lake District Wildlife Park, at Bassenthwaite, near Keswick.

Tomorrow is World Tapir Day and park chiefs hope to use the day to give added attention to the animal and its plight.

As well as the daily Tapir Talk, there are eight sessions during the day (11am until 4pm) to give visitors a 15-minute hands on session with the Tapirs who enjoy being groomed.

Tapir keeper Leanne Harrington said: “We have three real characters; Muffin loves having her tummy tickled, Rio the Dad is more reserved and Alves is just like an inquisitive child. It’s great to see him developing and I’m glad he’s still got his spots and stripes.”

Park manager Richard Robinson added: “We are very proud to be part of the breeding programme with the European Zoo Stud book and have enjoyed seeing Alves grow.”

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