Noah's News Blog
Two Lioness Sisters arrive at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
We are pleased to announce the arrival of two lioness sisters called Arusha and Vilma at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol. Arusha is the eldest at 3 years and Vilma is her smaller sister of 2 years. They arrived from Heythrop Zoological Gardens in Chipping Norton, Oxon and are here to pair with the already hugely popular brothers Zulu and Masai.
They were released into their new enclosure in the ‘Big Cat Sanctuary’ on Thursday and could be seen basking in the glorious sun that we have been enjoying here recently at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm.
We plan to set up a breeding programme for our new lionesses in the future, keeping one female and male pair and allowing the second pair to move on to another zoo. We are keeping them separate from the male lions for now so that they can get comfortable in their lovely new surroundings but eventually they will be paired together with the lions in their fields.
Big Cat Keeper Emma Godsell is delighted to welcome the two new girls, “I’m pleased to see how well they’re settling in. Our two boys Zulu and Masai are very intrigued by the scent of new cats at the Big Cat Sanctuary!”
We have even more exciting events coming up this Summer including the opening of ‘Elephant Eden’, the largest elephant habitat in Northern Europe. We are currently running a series of short guided tours of the new exhibit to allow people to ask questions before the elephants arrive.
For more information about the new lioness sisters or ‘Elephant Eden’ please visit http://www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk/ or phone 01275 852606.
UK’s largest Elephant Habitat to open in July at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm.
One of the most luxurious elephant habitats in northern Europe, Elephant Eden is set to be the most ambitious south-west tourist attraction in 2013. The 20 acre site will offer an amazing opportunity for visitors to witness these majestic animals up close.
With a purpose-built elephant house, bathing pool, grass fields for grazing, woodland and even mud wallows, this beautiful environment provides a rich visitor experience whilst providing significantly more space to roam and welfare improvements.
World-leading Elephant Consultant Alan Roocroft, who helped design the state-of-the-art elephant house – has described the project as a ‘five star hotel for elephants’.
The zoo has recruited experienced Elephant Keeper Sandra de Rek, who has arrived from Holland to begin preparations for the arrival of the elephants, which are hoped to include both Asian and African species.
Visitors will be able to get an exclusive preview of the attraction during the May Half Term, making this an ideal half-term activity. Tours start on the 27th May and run daily throughout the week at 1:45pm.
The first Elephants are planned to arrive in July making Noah’s Ark ideal the perfect day out with the kids during the summer holiday.
Rihanna the Reindeer Brings Sunshine to Noah’s Ark
Reindeers are usually associated with Christmas but our latest addition to the zoo has been born in lovely spring sunshine.
It’s hardly surprising that Rihanna the reindeer has bought the sun with her given that she is named after the Barbadian pop star.
And like her namesake Rihanna the reindeer has been extremely confident – quickly taking to her new home at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol.
Rihanna was born to mum Roxie and dad Rocky at our 100 acre family zoo which is located in Wraxall, North Somerset.
Rihanna was up on her feet quickly and is now enjoying the new sights, sounds and smells at the zoo.
Her keepers took her and mum Roxie on a short walk yesterday to explore and to meet new little orphan lambs who were also born this week.
Noah’s Ark has over 100 sorts of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, including several important species classified as ‘endangered’ & ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List. These include Cotton Topped Tamarins (Critically Endangered), White Rhinos (Near Threatened), Brazilian Tapirs (Vulnerable) and Siamang Gibbons (Endangered).
The zoo is opening the UK’s largest elephant sanctuary this summer, the 20 acre ‘Elephant Eden’ which will offer welfare improvements to captive-bred elephants.
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is open this Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday and Monday, with special appearances by the popular children’s TV characters ‘Ben and Holly’ on Saturday. ‘Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom’ is a new stage show beginning at Bristol Hippodrome this month and the costumed characters will be strolling around the zoo to meet their fans at Noah’s Ark.
For more information and zoo news, please visit http://www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk/ or phone 01275 852606.