This is the cheeky little monkey who tugged at readers’ hearts last week.

Now we want you to come up with a name for the cute new addition (pictured) to Knowsley Safari Park’s troupe of baboons.

Could he be called Cuddles? Or maybe you might name him after one of the park’s many celebrity visitors?

Simply tell us what name you think the keepers should call this little guy and you could win a family ticket to enjoy the safari park this summer.


HOW TO ENTER: To be in with a chance of winning, simply send your entry via any of the following options before midnight on Thursday, August 9, 2012:

Phone: Call 0901 151 0217 and leave your details when prompted.

Text: Send your text to 80360 starting with MONKEY, leave a space and then your suggested name, your name, address and contact details.

Post: Send your suggested name together with your name, address and daytime contact number to: Name the Baboon Competition, St Helens Star, 23a Hardshaw Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1RT.

Email: Email your suggested name along with your name, address and contact number to

Usual Newsquest rules apply. Log on to for full terms.

Calls cost no more than 51p per call from a BT landline. Calls from mobiles and some other networks may vary. Texts cost 50p plus your normal operator charge. The service is provided by Newsquest Media Group.

Entries will be judged by an independent panel after the deadline has passed. See the St Helens Star for the winning entry.

The long summer holidays are here, and with the safari park just down the road there’s loads of fun things to see and do in its rambling acres.

With more than 700 wild animals and a safari space covering 550 acres, visitors to Knowsley Safari Park have the opportunity to get acquainted with creatures from zebras to lions, and boisterous baboons to rhinos, as they roam freely throughout the large enclosures.

Alongside the new arrivals among the baboons, more than 100 Egyptian fruit bats are now settling into their purpose-built bat forest enclosure.

The new walkthrough exper-ience has seen the development of a home from home for the bats and features waterfalls, rockwork and branches that will act as a natural habitat for the nocturnal mammals.

Visitors will have the chance to see the bats in their own environment, behaving as they would in the wild. And keepers will be on hand to give daily talks about the conservation work undertaken to protect the bats and the many other species, giving visitors a taste of what it’s like to look after the animals.

Rachel Scott of Knowsley Safari Park said: “The specialist bat team have all been extensively trained in the care and conservation of our exciting new arrivals.

“The walkthrough experience really brings an exciting new dimension to the park.” For more information on Knowsley Safari Park’s new residents, visit