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Title:Romulus celebrates his tenth birthday
Author:Yorkshire Wildlife Park 
ID & Publication:20131111033 ~ The-Villager.co.uk 
Area:Branton 
Subject:Environment 
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Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s baboon Romulus celebrated his tenth birthday - with a party.

The leader of YWP’s 18 strong troop enjoyed a special fruitcake as a treat from staff.

As ever, the alpha male reveled in monkeying about in his reserve in full view of young visitors playing in the weatherproof Monkey Play House.

Director Cheryl Williams said: ‘Romulus seemed to really enjoy his birthday.

‘He is the leader of the troop and a real attention seeker - always strutting about his territory.

‘He really loved posing for photos and didn’t want to share his cake!’

Romulus arrived with his troop from Edinburgh Zoo in April to their baboon reserve, which is part of a unique £1.2m 600m play complex.

Children playing in the Monkey Play House, which has three levels of climbing frames, towers, dens, slides, swings and rope bridges, can see the monkeys through a huge glass viewing window.

Meanwhile, the Guinea baboons enjoy playing rope-activated games that allows them to play with visitors and get a treat reward.
Visitors can also view the baboons from an external walkway.
As well as birthday boy Romulus there is, Gimlie, Nemty, Niandan, Uma, Umba, Gouba, Riga, Xiao, Royanba, Royaka, Rouake, Gambara, Koura, Rotouma, Nafagui , Eddie, Barbara and new arrival Fifle, who was born in the Summer holidays.
Cheryl Williams added:’ The baboons are extremely popular as they don’t sit still and are always on the go.
‘They are also curious about the children playing next door and will often go up to the glass window and have a good look at them, which the kids love.’

The Monkey Playhouse is the only play barn in the UK where children can not only be Inspired by the climbing ability of real monkeys but can actually see them while they are playing.

As well as the three levels of play equipment there is a soft play area for the under 5’s.
YWP, in Branton just outside Doncaster, has won an international reputation by offering unrivalled access to some of the world’s most beautiful and at risk wildlife via walkthrough areas.

Lion Country is home to 12 lions rescued from a run-down zoo in Romania, who now live in the extensive reserve with its lake and waterfalls.
Endangered Amur Tigers Vladimir and Sayan roam in Land of the Tiger. Meanwhile, Leopard Heights, the world’s largest and most spectacular leopard enclosure, is home to three Amur Leopards, the most endangered big cat on the planet.
With Conservation at the heart of what they do, the most endangered carnivore in Africa, the Painted Hunting Dog, can be also be seen at YWP, and on the ‘African Plains', Zebra, Antelope, Ankole cattle and Ostrich roam free.

Voted Yorkshire’s Most Magnificent Attraction 2012, YWP is the UK’s most acclaimed and fastest growing tourist attraction and offers a fun filled day for every member of the family.
It is open daily during the winter from 10.30 a.m. to 4.00p.m. (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

For more information go to www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com

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