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The Independent

Sophie joins native youngsters making festive treats for lemurs at London Zoo



The Countess of Wessex visited Monkey Valley and joined in Christmas celebrations with native youngsters throughout a festive journey to London Zoo.

Sophie was given a guided tour of the lately restored Snowdon Aviary, visited by the Queen in 1967, which is now dwelling to a troop of 10 Japanese black and white colobus monkeys as a part of the brand new exhibit.

As a part of ZSL’s Neighborhood Entry Scheme, the countess additionally met youngsters receiving help from the Kaleidoscope Palliative Care and Neighborhood Youngsters’s Nursing groups, filling brightly wrapped bins of candy potato snacks for the zoo’s ring-tailed lemurs and weaving edible Christmas wreaths from leaves sourced by the horticulture workforce.

ZSL director basic Matthew Gould mentioned: “We had been honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness to ZSL London Zoo… to affix in a few of our festive, instructional actions, be taught extra about ZSL’s important science and conservation work, and go to Monkey Valley – which itself has an necessary hyperlink to the royal household.”

“The restored Snowdon Aviary construction, which stays a exceptional feat of structure, was first designed within the Sixties by the late Earl of Snowdon, Anthony Armstrong-Jones – then husband to Princess Margaret.

“Queen Elizabeth II visited the exhibit in 1967, accompanied by her sister.”

The Queen was ZSL’s patron from her coronation in 1953 till her loss of life in September this yr.

Sophie was additionally proven London’s solely dwelling rainforest, which homes tree anteaters, two-toed sloths and purple titi monkeys, the place she was joined by youngsters from St Mary’s Bryanston Sq. Church of England Main Faculty.

The varsity go to was a part of ZSL’s Training Entry Scheme which allows colleges in Camden and Westminster to make common journeys to the conservation charity zoo.

Mr Gould added: “We had been notably happy Her Royal Highness was in a position to meet a few of the hundreds of youngsters who’re a part of ZSL’s Neighborhood Entry Scheme.

“The scheme lets youngsters who wouldn’t in any other case be capable to go to the zoo have the prospect to take action, and be impressed by our animals and the work we do to guard wildlife world wide.

“The royal household has been an important a part of ZSL’s 200-year historical past and has helped us to encourage thousands and thousands to guard wildlife world wide.”

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