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Press Release: February 10, 2010

George The Cockatoo welcomes Malinky the Kinkajou

The Tropical Zoos first rescued animal George the Cockatoo - will get to welcome their latest rescue in time for Valentines. Malinky a baby kinkajou will be arriving in the lead up to the February half term. It is the 500th animal to be rescued by The Tropical Zoo team in Syon Park since they started almost 20 years ago.

To mark this milestone, they are launching The Tropical Zoo Rescue Stories an exhibition for the February half term.

Tony Purdy, Founder of The Tropical Zoo: Alongside our passion for the natural world there is unfortunately always a need for a sanctuary for unwanted animals. While most rescue centres have to survive on donations and end up needing to close, we setup as a visitor centre with the focus on education. In this way we have managed to allow public support to help us care for these animals.

The centres first rescued animal was George a Cockatoo, found walking along the Twickenham High Street outside of the police station. He still lives there now and can regularly be heard charming the ladies with his Hello darling impression.

Malinky, a six month old kinkajou, the latest rescue was seized by customs when she was illegally smuggled into the country.

In almost 20 years, they have rescued animals as diverse as crocodiles, monkeys, tortoises, bats and snakes. Visit this February half term to find out more about The Tropical Zoo Rescue Stories and to celebrate the arrival of Malinky. Children will have the opportunity to create valentines cards for their favourite animals.


1. The Tropical Zoo is located in Syon Park, Brentford.
2. The Tropical Zoo sees around 60,000 visitors each year approximately 15,000 of which are children from local schools.
3. Included image is of Alice Purdy with George the Cockatoo. Alice is the daughter of Tony (the Founder) and one of the Directors of The Tropical Zoo
4. The Tropical Zoo is actively and financially involved in conservation both at Syon Park and in South Africa.
5. The Tropical Zoo works closely with CITES team at Heathrow airport and the RSPCA to ensure that all tropical rescues we receive are cared for appropriately.

For further information, contact either Russell Dickens Marketing Manager on 07940 115 609 or Alice Purdy Education Director on 07976 382 249

Notes to editors

For more information, please contact:

Russell DickensRussell Dickens

Tel: 0794011560907940115609

Email: Russell@tropicalzoo.orgRussell@tropicalzoo.org

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