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Making the Most of a Half Term Trip to Noah’s Ark
It’s half term week, and it’s great to see the zoo buzzing with people enjoying themselves in the sunshine. As always, our big zoo animals and adventure play areas are proving popular with our visitors, as well as our daily events and activities such as tractor rides, keeper talks and animal displays.
With so much to see and do, it’s a real challenge to experience absolutely everything at Noah’s Ark all in one day, so here are a couple of highlights you should definitely try not to miss if you’re visiting us over half term.
The Big Cats
Tiana and Khan are our Bengal tigers. These majestic beasts are under threat in the wild, as they are poached for their fur and their bones, which are considered a potent ingredient in traditional Asian medicine.
Noah’s Ark is also home to two lions – Zulu and Masai, and two lionesses – Arusha and Wilma. Our lions arrived in 2010, and were joined by the lionesses in 2013.
Our big cats have a wonderful life here at Noah’s Ark, and they are among the most popular animals for our visitors. If you pay them a visit over half term and decide you want a more personal, close-up encounter with them next time, we also offer a unique Big Cat Experience, which enables animal lovers to take part in feeding and enrichment activities for both lions and tigers, under the supervision of our expert keepers.
Wallaby Hill Adventure Playground
Head to the Wallaby Hill Adventure Playground when the kids need to burn off some energy. It’s got everything from zip lines to climbing walls, rope bridges to slides, and even a giant Noah’s Ark to explore.
When all the running, climbing, and sliding gets too much, the kids can move on to the Bigger Diggers near the big cat sanctuary, where they can take the controls of a stationary digger and see if a career in construction beckons!
One great way to make the most of your time at Noah’s Ark is to book your tickets online. Not only do you get 5% off the standard ticket prices, but pre-booking also enables you to breeze through the ticket office without getting caught up in the queues on the busiest days in the school holidays (fast tracking system is in place on bank holidays and busiest holidays subject to management decision). The time you save by not waiting in line means more time spent with our wonderful animals!
May Half Term at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
Half term is almost upon us, and we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to improve our facilities and make a day out at Noah’s Ark even more special.
We’ve revamped our ticket office for faster entry, so you can get in sooner and spend more time with our incredible animals. This will include a portable scanner so members can beat the queue.
You’ll also notice our new hygiene stations around the site, which will help to keep everyone clean and safe during their visit.
As ever, there’s so much to see – from our big zoo animals like Rumba and Rumbull the rhinos to our birds of prey like our owls and Harris Hawks. And you can’t beat the experience of getting up close to our farmyard animals, and holding adorable rabbits, chicks and guinea pigs.
There’s also a huge range of indoor and outdoor play areas to enjoy, no matter what the weather decides to do over half term week. You can lose yourself in the twists and turns of our 3.2km monster maze, try your hand at digging and scooping with our electric Bigger Diggers, or enjoy the Drop Slide, trampolines, climbing frames and swings in our heated play barn.
You may want to say hello to our latest additions to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm. If you love baby animals (and who doesn’t?), you can pay a visit to Reggie, Rachel and Rosa, the three very cute baby reindeer born here this month.
There’s also Jordi, our new ex-racehorse who has just arrived and will be keeping Boxer (our lovely shire horse) company. Jordi is 13 years old and joins us from a livery yard in Gloucestershire. Boxer and Jordi have already hit it off and we’re sure they’re going to get on well together!
Whatever you decide to do here, it’s a wonderful family day out. If you haven’t visited us before, we’re located just off the M5 – a short, easy, hassle-free drive from Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, South Wales or North Somerset.
Don’t forget, you can now book your tickets online as well as at the ticket office on arrival. Simply head to our website, choose your tickets and print them out to bring with you. All online bookings get 5% off the regular entrance prices.
We’re open Monday to Saturday from 10.30am – 5pm (including Bank Holiday Monday (25th May) and Half Term. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Endangered Species Day at Noah’s Ark
On Saturday 16th May, Noah’s Ark will join with zoos around the world to mark Endangered Species Day.
The event was established in 2006 to celebrate the incredible diversity of the world’s wildlife, as well as to educate people on what action can be taken to protect the rarest and most vulnerable species.
Our zoo is home is home to a variety of endangered animals, including the Bengal Tiger and Siamang Gibbon. We’ll be marking the occasion on Saturday with a packed line-up of events and activities throughout the day.
It all kicks off with the Big Cat Talk at 1pm, in which our knowledgeable keepers will talk about the Bengal Tiger, including why this majestic creature is at risk of extinction in the wild, and what can be done to help ensure this doesn’t happen.
There will then be the opportunity to get hands-on, with an enrichment craft session from 2-2.30pm. Our Siamang Gibbons, White Ruffed Lemurs and Cotton-topped Tamarins love toys and treats, and you’ll have the opportunity to make them some little gifts to play with.
At 3pm, we’ll be allowing our lucky Facebook competition winners to go behind the scenes of the gibbon house and make a big Kerplunk-style game for the Siamang Gibbons. If you haven’t already, there’s still time to get your entry in – head to our Facebook page and upload a selfie of your best gibbon impression to be in with a chance (the deadline for entries is 15th May, and entrants must be aged 6-16).
At 3.45-4pm, there will be a special keeper talk at the Siamang Gibbons Gallery, where you can watch the gibbons enjoying the enrichment treats you made for them earlier in the day.
Finally, at 4.15 it will be the turn of the lemurs and tamarins to get their hands on their enrichment surprises, so you can head over to the monkey house to see what they make of their gifts!
This year’s Endangered Species Day is more relevant than ever. Just last week, an international team of researchers published a report warning that some of the richest and most diverse ecosystems in the world, such as Africa’s grasslands and forests, are at risk of becoming ‘wildlife deserts’, if drastic action isn’t taken to turn around the fortunes of threatened animals.
We hope you can join us here at Noah’s Ark on Saturday, to see our incredible animals up close and learn about how important conservation efforts are to ensure they always have a home in the wild.