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Catch a glimpse of Amazonia’s newest kinkajou

Monday, 06 February 2017

Visitors to Amazonia this spring are in for a rare treat as they will be able to catch a glimpse of the newest member of their kinkajou family, an infant named ‘Poppy’.

The staff at Amazonia are hand-rearing Poppy as her parents hadn’t been successful in raising their previous offspring. The young kinkajou who recently turned two months old was named after Remembrance Day as she was born in November.

Poppy has recently moved onto display at Amazonia, housed in the nocturnal area during the day and going home with a member of staff each evening.

Zoo manager, Amanda Gott, who has been up night and day caring for her since she was 10 days old, said: “It is a pleasure to work with these animals and see them develop. Poppy is currently getting used to all members of staff so that we can all hopefully work well with her as an adult. She will soon be at the age where she just wants to constantly play and be very mischievous.

“Kinkajous are excellent climbers as they have a pre-hensile tail, meaning they can use it like an extra limb to hang on to things and help them move around the rainforest. Poppy is already a strong climber and likes to climb up and sit on our shoulders. She is currently getting the hang of walking and is improving every day.”

The mammals which are native to the tropical forests of Central and South America are notoriously hard to spot as they are nocturnal and spend most of their lives swinging between the branches at night time.

Kinkajous are mainly fruit and plant eaters and Poppy is now slowly being weaned off milk and onto solid foods. Kinkajous have extremely long tongues, which help them to obtain fruit and to lick nectar from flowers, which they often feed on in the wild.

Aside from the kinkajous, Amazonia is home to an array of exotic animals from tarantulas and pythons to marmoset monkeys and parrots and is Scotland’s only indoor tropical rainforest.

Amazonia is open between 10am and 6pm seven days a week and is situated within M&D’s Theme Park. Further information can be found by visiting www.discoveramazonia.co.uk.

 

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Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of M&D’s Theme Park

 

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