'I've hand-reared dozens of chimps over the years when they've been rejected by their mothers. They stay in the house with us until they are about two years old and are affectionate and well-behaved... They sleep in a blanket with a pillow (yes, some have been known to snuggle up in bed with me). As they get older they can become dangerous if they don't know you, but I've never been seriously bitten.' MOLLY'S ZOO is a highly entertaining account of happenings unique to Twycross Zoo. Read about the chimp who took part in a Transatlantic Air Race; how the chimps became much-loved figures when they appeared in the Brooke Bond TV ads; the birth of their first baby giraffe; watching a rare Bonobo gently pick up a sparrow trapped inside its quarters, carry it carefully to the bars and release it to freedom; and the excitement of attending the births of two baby elephants. The adventures, challenges, rewards and laughs are all captured in this heart-warming animal book for Easter.
Molly Badham has been keeping primates and other animals for nearly fifty years. She is currently director of the Twycross Zoo East Midland Zoological Society. Maureen Lawless is a double award winning journalist, who has written for a wide variety of publications on animal issues, including NEWS OF THE WORLD, DAILY MAIL and the MAIL ON SUNDAY. She runs the Bromsgrove branch of The Farm Animal Sanctuary, the first sanctuary set up specifically to provide a home for sick and injured farm animals, which she co-founded in 1986.