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Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
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We're on a mission to save species from extinction... especially those animal species that are under-threat and overlooked.
We're on a mission to save species from extinction... especially those animal species that are under-threat and overlooked.

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Happy Read A Book Day! 📖

The perfect day to sit back with a cuppa and immerse yourself in one of our founder's fantastic stories...

Visit our book shop: http://bit.ly/2aIqIKf

#ReadABookDay | #GeraldDurrell | #NationalReadABookDay
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There's an exciting opportunity available within our fundraising team! Can you #doitfordurrell? Learn more: http://wildlife.durrell.org/home/work-at-durrell/fundraising--events-manager2/ Please apply by Friday 11th August.
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Have you tried a tub of Minioti yet? With NO palm oil and NO added sugar, this creamy Jersey ice cream is something for the whole family to enjoy, guilt-free! Get yours at the Zoo this summer🍦

🌴 Why palm oil free? 🌴
Palm oil is found in half of all supermarket products. In Sumatra and Borneo, the orangutan's rainforest habitat is being destroyed at an alarming rate, in order to make room for oil palm plantations. These magnificent apes are Critically Endangered and will soon be extinct unless we look after their home.

❓ What you can do? ❓
Look at the ingredients of the products you buy.
Try switching to palm oil free alternatives.
Support organisations working to save the rainforests.

Find out more: www.minioti.com/palm-oil-free #OrangutanSOS #InYourPalm #BeMoreDurrell
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#OrangutanSOS: An artistic message from a Critically Endangered ape.
If you care, please share 💚 #InYourPalm

Find out more: www.durrell.org/orangutan-sos
Go behind the scenes: http://bit.ly/2uLBfj7
Thanks to Jersey Sandman, Iain Alexander and 3C International.

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Remember Pat? He's spent the last two and a half months walking the length of Britain in aid of Durrell and he's about to reach the finish line!

Here are a few of our favourite shots of his Great British Adventure. You can see more photos of Pat's epic journey on his Instagram account: www.instagram.com/patjersey He's just over £100 away from his target now, so please donate if you can! www.gofundme.com/wilsonsbritishadventure
#BeMoreDurrell #DoItForDurrell
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19/07/2017
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Happy Friday!

The weekend is finally here, so do as our howler monkeys do... relax!
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Meet the Brazilian poison frog (Ranitomeya vanzolinii).

These little animals grow up to just 19mm. The females carefully rear each individual tadpole in the axles of bromeliad plants, remembering the location of each of their offspring and visiting them to lay an infertile egg for them to eat each day. Since these frogs are such super-mums, they breed well in our exhibit in the reptile house with little intervention on the keepers’ part.

See if you can spot them next time you visit Jersey Zoo!
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13/07/2017
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The wild flowers in our new meadow areas are starting to look really beautiful. Stop by to have a look during your next visit to the Zoo! You'll find them in front of Café Dodo and next to Café Firefly where the gentle lemur enclosures used to be. Thanks to Fi Marchant​ for the photos.
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We'd like you to meet one of the newest hatchlings at Jersey Zoo, a juvenile radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata). This tiny tortoise hatched on the 6th May and has been growing well behind the scenes at the Zoo since then.

Native to Madagascar, this beautiful species was given its name because on each of the scutes (the plates that make up the shell), there is a beautiful pattern of yellow lines that radiate from the centre. Sadly, they are under severe threat from the illegal wildlife trade for traditional medicine and pets. We're currently working with this species in Mauritius as part of an offshore island ecosystem restoration programme, where they are used to take the place of extinct giant tortoises that were responsible for seed dispersal and grazing.
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This week from the #DurrellArchive...
Here's Gerald Durrell with a Russian desman (Desmana moschata), a shrew-like creature once trapped for its fur, at the Oka Nature Reserve south of Moscow. Thought to be on the increase at the time, the species is now known to be in decline.
#ThrowBackThursday
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