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Calderglen welcomes new residents

Published Friday, 27 January 2017

new coatis arrive at Calderglen Zoo

Calderglen Zoo, one of our top visitor attractions, has welcomed some new residents to its diverse collection of animals.

Regular visitors to the South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC) attraction, may already be acquainted with the Fennec Foxes - three brothers named Frank, Foxy and Fred. Their home is a new desert exhibit in the conservatory where animal keeper Natalie Martin has enjoyed watching their personalities develop.

Natalie said: “Frank is the cheeky boss of the group who will sometimes steal his brothers’ food when they’re not looking. Foxy likes to investigate new toys and food in their enclosure, and Fred is shy and prefers to relax on the sand in the corner, hiding under the plants.”

Also joining the new animals on the block are two ‘super cute’ cusimanses. Members of the mongoose family, they are best described as bigger, browner versions of meerkats.

Finally, four young male coatis have arrived from Curraghs Wildlife Park on the Isle of Man. Although not a new species for Calderglen, the current coati enclosure has been fully refurbished in anticipation of their arrival, creating a warmer indoor space for the colder weather.

Calderglen is also set to continue some of its most popular ‘hands-on’ activities throughout 2017. These include:

  • ‘Wake up the Zoo’ – participants feed breakfast to coatis, porcupines, caracara, polecats, wildcats, kookaburras, guinea pigs, rabbits and meerkats. Running for an hour from 9am, this unique experience is open to adults and children aged 6+ (maximum three people) and must be booked in advance (weekdays only).
  • ‘Meet the Meerkats’ – a hugely popular experience where adults and children get to meet the meerkats up-close in their enclosure. The experience lasts about 15-20 minutes with a maximum of three people in the enclosure at one time (weekdays only).

For more info and prices, or to book, please email giving details of your group, including contact person, address, phone number and email address. Please also include the number of children and number of adults and any additional needs or requirements. Calderglen Zoo is a disability-friendly attraction. Alternatively phone 01355 236644.