Although the zoo is open daily, current social distancing regulations mean that it is not possible to host the usual public feeding times and talks by the keepers. The new videos are designed to go some way to filling that gap, and enhancing the experience of visitors to the zoo.
The first video – to be released on Thursday – looks at the ring-tailed coatis in the zoo, and is presented by assistant head keeper Melissa Tate. The coatis, Rosemary and Dill, are South American omnivores, and the video shows their mischievous nature, the food they eat, where they live in the zoo – and their unusual rotating noses! They are an endangered species, so their conservation in places like Sewerby Zoo is vital.
Head zookeeper John Pickering explained : “The zoo here at Sewerby Hall and Gardens is proving a very popular destination at the moment, and we continue to play a very important role in the education of our visitors, and the conservation of the many species we look after. These videos will add an extra element to any visit to the zoo.”
The videos will be released on a weekly basis, every Thursday, and can be viewed on the Sewerby Hall and Gardens facebook and You Tube channels.