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Tuesday, 18 February, 2003, 09:11 GMT
Zoo breeds rare ape
benobo
The zoo has been breeding bonobos for six years
A zoo in the East Midlands is raising a rare breed of ape that is on the verge of extinction in Africa.

The Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, has bred five of the bonobos - the only ones born in the UK.

BBC East Midlands Inside Out visited the zoo with its owner Molly Badham to see some of the primates raised there.

Molly with a bonobo
The benobos are hand-fed by the staff, including Molly

a bonobo
The youngsters are the only bonobos in the UK

Primate opening a Christmas gift
"We buy the animals presents at Christmas and they get very excited"

Chimp pouring tea
The stars of the Brooke Bond tea adverts were chimps raised at the zoo.

chimp riding a bike
The chimpanzees love to ride bicycles

Enclosure at the Twycross Zoo
The primates have comfortable enclosures at the zoo

Molly Badham has appeared on Blue Peter with her animals
Molly Badham has appeared on Blue Peter with her animals

Molly Badham
Molly Badham received an MBE in the Jubilee honours list

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