DRAYTON Manor Zoo’s worldwide breeding programme has recently delivered a group of baby Flame-Bellied Zonures, making it the only zoological institution in Europe to do so.
The diminutive group, who grow no longer than 30cm long, were born at the end of June and have settled in at the 15-acre attraction with no fuss: very much enjoying life in Staffordshire!
Flame-Bellied Zonures are a small, brightly coloured species of rock lizard from areas of Mozambique and Zimbabwe. They are currently suffering from habitat loss and are affected by the pet trade so it is an important species to conserve.
Chris Mitchell, Zoo Manager at Drayton Manor Park, said: “We’re very proud of our breeding and conservation programmes and arrivals like this definitely make the hard work worthwhile. Few establishments home Flame-Bellied Zonures and we’re only one of two worldwide to have bred this species in the last year.
“Of course, with animals of this size, the first three months are crucial for health and development so I’m very happy to say that everything is going well and we very much look forward to seeing the group grow up here.”
Animal lovers can meet over 750 animals of 130 different species from all over the world at a visit to Drayton Manor Park Zoo.
The Zoo is a full member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), which means it focuses closely on animal welfare, conservation, research and education, with conservation particularly being at the heart of everything the Zoo does.
The babies are currently doing well in an off-show area and families can come and see these lizards in the reptile house.