Zoo’s new arrival celebrates Lionesses’ success

twycross zoo new arrival

Leicestershire Zoo names their latest arrival after midfielder Fran Kirby, following the Lionesses’ victory at the Euro 2022 final.

Staff at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire have named ‘Fran the François’ following on from the Lionesses’ historic victory at the Euro 2022 final earlier this week. ‘Fran the François’ is a François Langur. They are an endangered species that originates from the tropical forests of China and Vietnam.

“We’ve all been gripped by the excitement and energy of the Lionesses during their Euros campaign,” says Director of Conservation at Twycross Zoo Dr Rebecca Biddle, “François Langurs live in a matriarchal society where the females share parenting responsibilities with each other”. The zoo hopes that naming its latest arrival after Fran Kirby it is a fitting tribute to their team’s success.

Leicestershire zoo celebrates Lionesses' success

Fran the François was born on 8th July to mum Lychee, who has been at Twycross Zoo since 2009. Dad Chow arrived at the Leicestershire zoo in 2016.

You can visit Fran the François at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire right now. To book your tickets, visit here.

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