Newly-arrived and settling into their new surroundings at The Shorelands Conservation Centre and Wildlife Gardens, at Langmere near Dickleburgh, are a rare pair of Eastern Pygmy Marmosets.
Visitors to the gardens, which are open Wednesdays to Sundays, will be in for a treat as these engaging creatures - the smallest monkeys in the world - will not be kept behind wire but will be wandering freely in the gardens, along with other birds and animals such as elegant African Crowned Cranes and endangered Minchies Tufted Deer.
The Eastern Pygmy Marmosets have been brought to south Norfolk from Chester Zoo by Shorelands owner Ben Potterton to add to his collection of critically endangered animals and birds. They will have free range in the gardens during the day but return to a heated house to be fed and to sleep.
The Shorelands Wildlife Gardens is run alongside Mr Potterton’s nursery business, Blacksmiths Cottage Nursery, and has recently undergone a three-year £350,000 project to upgrade its facilities and become a ‘community hub’.
See our video of Mr Potterton talking about his new arrivals. Fuller details of the conservation work carried out at the centre can be read in Friday’s Diss Express.