Little Cumbrian creatures star in new documentary

Oasis tree shrew
Oasis tree shrew

Tree shrews and marmosets from a Milnthorpe zoo have been featured in a new BBC series about some of the world’s smallest mammals.

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis near Milnthorpe is home to tree shrews from Borneo and marmosets from Brazil, which have been featured in the three-part wildlife drama Hidden Kingdoms, narrated by Stephen Fry.

A 10 minute ‘making of’ at the end of episode three will show that some of the marmoset close-ups – impossible to get in the wild – were filmed at the zoo.

Zoo boss Jo Marsden said: “The marmosets are really popular, especially with the children.

“They’re just so expressive.

“People might come here to see our snow leopards or meerkats but quite often it’s the smaller animals with the big personalities that make a big impression.”

Hidden Kingdoms, which airs tonight, Thursday, introduces viewers to a cast of animal characters, from chipmunks to dung beetles, the African sengi to the Southeast Asian tree shrew.

Jo added: “OK, they’re not lions and tigers, but you can watch animals like marmosets and tree shrews for hours, and some people do!”