10 threatened species to see on a visit to Banham Zoo
PUBLISHED: 16:30 01 April 2018
This year Banham Zoo is celebrating its 50th year. The popular tourist attraction is known for its conservation work, here are 10 threatened species you can see during your visit.
• Amur (Siberian) tigers
The endangered species is the largest of all the big cats. It is believed there are only 250 adults in the wild.
• Grevy’s zebras
An endangered species, threats to the zebras include loss of habitat, hunting and diseases such as anthrax.
• Red Pandas
A close relative of the racoon, they are excellent climbers. It is though their population has decreased by 50pc in less than 20 years.
• Snow leopards
These beautiful creatures are found in the high mountains of central Asia and the Himalayas and are a vulnerable species.
• Ring-tailed lemurs
A popular species at the zoo, they are threatened in the wild by deforestation due to charcoal production and burning for pasture.
• Snowy owl
Found in the barren Arctic regions, it is a vulnerable species. It is thought climate change is affecting the availability of its prey.
There is only one species of giraffe, but many subspecies. The wild population has dropped by 40pc in 30 years.
The largest species of the gibbon family. Decreasing in the wild due to hunting and the destruction of their rainforest habitat.
• Red ruffed lemurs
They are facing extinction in the wild due to the destruction of their forest habitat for agriculture and timber.
• Sri Lankan leopards
Native to the island of Sri Lanka, they are found in a range of habitats. The estimated population is just 800.