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Human zoo exhibits go on show at Flamingo Land
9:07am Monday 12th August 2013 in News
BRITAIN’S only human zoo exhibits went on show yesterday as part of a pioneering experiment between Flamingo Land and the University of York.
All this week until Saturday, the two men and two women will be on public display in a special enclosure at the zoo with feeding times scheduled for 1pm each day.
Dr Andy Marshall, director of conservation science at Flamingo Land and a lecturer in the university’s environment department, said: “Following this week’s news that the UK’s human population is increasing at a record rate, I am happy to say that our humans are not part of a conservation breeding programme, but this is still very exciting news for the zoo.
“The group of homo sapiens, who will be living alongside our permanent animal collection, will be dressed in various African animal costumes and promoting the Udzungwa Forest Project (UFP) which uses education and research to help conserve tropical forests in Tanzania.”
All the humans on display are research assistants with the Centre for the Integration of Research, Conservation and Learning (CIRCLE) – a jointly-funded initiative between the University’s Environment Department and Flamingo Land.
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