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Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve welcomes new-born drill monkey

Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve are delighted to welcome the birth of a baby male drill monkey. The infant was born to Mum Khari, age eleven and Dad Nebosja, age fifteen.

The wildlife park is currently home to four male drills, six females and the baby. The new drill is the thirteenth to be born at the reserve since welcoming the species.

© Shelley Kettle

The birth comes as the park is currently closed due to COVID-19. Despite the closure, the keepers and vets are working incredibly hard to continue to deliver an excellent level of care to all our animals, with some keepers even living on site. The park has additional biosecurity measures in place to help keep animals and keepers safe.

As Covid-19 is preventing visitors attending either park there has been a halt on the vital income coming into the parks. The animals at both parks collectively cost at least £1.5million a year to feed and the closure of the parks poses a risk to the wellbeing of the animals.

The supporters of the parks and the public can help by donating to the Animal Support Fund by visiting

Any donation, no matter how small, will help the Aspinall animal parks to feed and look after the new-born drill monkey and all the other endangered species in their care.

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