Jersey's Durrell wildlife park counts its species

Flamingos at Durrell Durrell have been counting the number of animals at the park in Trinity

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Just over 300 animals died at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey in 2010.

But there were nearly 500 births, including Asian short-clawed otters and ring-tailed lemurs.

The trust has been doing a head count for 2010 and there are currently almost 1,900 animals of 150 different species.

Animal registrar, Dr Amy Hall, said 130 animals were brought to the park from elsewhere and will be on display this year.

Dr Hall said: "This year, probably the most important imports for us were some new macaques of which one came from Poland, one from Germany and four from Israel.

"We are working at the moment to integrate them with our existing group of macaques."

He said other notable imports included a number of choughs, a bird which the trust plans to reintroduce to Jersey in the future.

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