Wild time had by all as winners scoop their zoo ‘oscars’

Rear of the Rear ' Sulawesi black crested macaque
Rear of the Rear ' Sulawesi black crested macaque

Film stars will be donning their glad rags on Sunday evening for the Oscars in Los Angeles, but the most glamorous awards event has already taken place – the 2013 Animal Oscars at Drusillas zoo.

The awards gave recognition to a host of four-legged stars for the enjoyment they have brought to many people’s lives.

Amongst the winners on the night, the Meerkats predictably bagged the ‘Best Animal’ award as voted for by the public.

These furry favourites have been long standing icons of the zoo route and have received the highest number of animal

adoptions over the last 12 months.

Clementine, the beautiful black lemur scooped ‘Best Leading Lady’. In the lemur world, females rule the troop and this dynamite diva not only reigns supreme over her own family, she also directs the nine ring-tailed residents of Lemurland too.

‘Best Original Sound Track’ was awarded to the fittingly named lar gibbons. These graceful apes are excellent songsters; the distinctive whooping of their morning chorus is audible up to half a mile away and is unrivalled by any other species.

The rainbow lorikeets winged their way to the top of the leader board for ‘Costume Design’ – and ‘Rear of the Year’ was picked up by the Sulawesi black crested macaques.

‘Lifetime Achievement’ was bestowed on Barney the Capuchin Monkey.

He is one of the longest standing and most popular residents at Drusillas; the cheeky chap was born at the zoo in May 1990 and is well known for his fun outlook on life.