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Excitement was in the air at Tayto Park earlier this month as keepers welcomed the birth of a rare male Sulawesi Black Crested Macaque Monkey into Ireland’s favourite theme park and zoo in Ashbourne Co. Meath.
Yet to be named, Sulawesi Black Crested Macaque are endemic to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and are critically endangered. They are part of a captive population managed and monitored by EAZA’s European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). Male Macaque can be easily distinguished from females and keepers at Tayto Park are hoping that the latest arrival will almost double in size than his mum, Satana and will weigh up to 10KG when fully grown.
Macaques are medium to large sized monkeys, with very short tails and their bodies are covered in black, shiny hair (except for their bottoms which are pink in colour). Black Crested Macaques are very social animals so keepers at Tayto Park won’t be surprised to see them grooming one another which helps maintain strong bonds between troupe members. The population of Sulawesi Black Crested Macaques has suffered severe declines in numbers in recent decades and has lost up to 80% of its population making the birth of this male baby Macaque a rare and exciting addition to the zoo at Tayto Park.
In addition to this new arrival, Tayto Park have put together some egg-citing activities for the little ones this Easter. Visit Tayto Park on Easter Sunday, April 1st, for a crime scene investigators inspired event! Mr Tayto is looking for help from some detective’s this Easter to help him solve the mystery of ‘Who stole the egg'? Mr Tayto knows it was of the animals in the zoo - but he doesn't know which one!
Kids will follow a series of clues to solve the mystery and will be in with a chance to receive an excellent reward! Tayto Parks Easter egg hunt will run from 10am-4PM and kids will collect a detective I.D sheet upon entry and once complete can return it the crisp collection point to receive their exciting reward.
Older kids and adults looking for their next adrenaline rush can immerse themselves in a host of exhilarating activities too! Ride the Cú Chúlainn Coaster or take a splash on Ireland’s largest flume attraction, The Viking Voyage at the Park, or why not try your hand at rock climbing before taking a tour around the legendary Tayto crisp factory. Thrill seekers will enjoy the hair-raising Power Surge, Endeavour and Air Race.
Tayto Park also offers an exceptional and diverse animal collection which features many conservation dependent species. The zoo is home to a variety of animals, including big-cats, meerkats, monkeys, fossa and birds of prey.
Easter Activities this year in Tayto Park include:
Sunday, 1st April – Who stole the egg?
Meet Mr. Tayto, who will be making guest appearances every day
Fun activities will include complimentary face painting everyday throughout the Mid-Term break
Arts & Crafts - Easter themed arts and crafts. Suitable for children under 6 years of age
Tayto Park will have public viewing on several animal feedings and talks throughout the Easter Mid-Term break