Noah's News Blog
A-maze-ing Bunny Hunt fun!
Calling all Easter bunny hunters – this holiday, we’ve added a little extra surprise for intrepid explorers who take on our giant maze!
Come along to see us this Easter and take part in our egg-citing seasonal treasure hunt to find all the bunnies hiding in Europe’s largest maze – then round off your Easter-themed visit with real bunny handling sessions throughout the day in our Animal Village.
Our Bunny Hunt is completely free and great fun for all the family.
Although we’ve been enjoying lovely weather this week, our maze is outdoors and can get super muddy, so please don’t forget your wellies!
As a little added egg-stra for parents this Easter, take advantage of our special offer – one child goes half price with a full paying adult! Download our special web offer and you’ll pay half price entry for children during the Easter holidays. Please note: one voucher only per transaction, 1 Child is half-price with 1 full-paying Adult. Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers or online tickets.
There’s lots of other attractions to look forward to at Noah’s Ark this Spring, including a brand new rainbow slide that measures a whopping 6.6m high. And for your littlest cheeky monkeys, check our Jungle Den heated indoor soft play area for under 5s. Ball pits, rollers, slides, soft games, ball blower and much more.
Of course, your visit isn’t complete without a trip to see the Noah’s Ark animals, such as the African Lion or Bengal Tiger. Spring is a wonderful time of year with lots of baby animals making an appearance, so if you’re lucky you might see some of the newest members of the Noah’s Ark family!
Have a fabulous Easter everyone!
We have two African elephant bulls here at Noah’s Ark Zoo, Janu and M’Changa. Their two favourite things are playing and food, so our elephant keepers have found the perfect way to combine them…
Providing an enriching lifestyle for all of our animals at the zoo is incredibly important as it encourages natural behaviour and keeps our animals mentally and physically active. In the wild animals would encounter all sorts of obstacles when hunting for food, so we try to recreate that at the zoo! Elephants are particularly intelligent animals, so we like to make their enrichment extra challenging; take a look at this video of just one of the many food puzzles we’ve given our elephants.
When it comes to feeding there’s not much that elephants can’t get their trunks on, so the keepers have to continuously think of new challenges. Recently they came up with a new idea; the feed box.
This clever box is designed so our elephants have to reach up to where the box is suspended and stick their trunks up through the tube inside to get to the food. They then have to sniff around in order to find the food hidden inside!
Now no one showed them how to do this, our clever elephants worked this out all by themselves!
You might think that these specialist pieces of equipment are ordered in from a manufacturer, but you’d be wrong! Our elephant keepers made this themselves, from scratch!
All of our keepers have a very hands-on attitude when it comes to providing for our animals, and their skills are not just limited to animal care. As they work so closely with their animals, they know their behaviours and mannerisms better than anyone else. This means they know which enrichment will best suit them,
challenge them and entertain them, and they can tailor their enrichment creations to fit each animal.
The feed box enrichment has been such a success that elephant keepers from around the world have asked our elephant team for more information and instructions on how to build their own!
Don’t forget that you can help support our elephants by purchasing one of our Elephant Adoptions for yourself or as a gift. You can also come face-to-face with Janu and M’Changa in one of our Elephant Keeper Experiences; join the elephant team in a one-to-one exclusive experience as an elephant keeper!
We have welcomed some super cute new arrivals to the Noah’s Ark Zoo family over December and January. Five tiny leopard tortoises have hatched from incubation in our Reptile House, causing excitement among our animal team who love it when our animals breed successfully.
Did you know?
The leopard tortoise is a reptile native to Southern and Eastern Africa and can live from 50 to 100 years, so our hatchlings have a long life ahead of them! They are one of the world’s largest species growing up to 70cm in length, but right now our hatchlings are just a little bigger than a 50p coin.
These tortoises can lay 5 to 100 eggs in a clutch (this is the term used for eggs laid by amphibians and reptiles); our leopard tortoise parents laid 14 eggs between them, so we may be seeing more arrivals over the coming weeks!
Where are the hatchlings now?
As the hatchlings are so young and vulnerable, it is important that our reptile keepers are able to keep a close eye on them. Due to their size the hatchlings can become cold very quickly, so their enclosure must maintain a temperature of around 27°C. The hatchlings are currently in an off show enclosure to ensure this can be regulated easily by the reptile keepers. Once they have grown a little more, they will then be on show to the public, so stay tuned for news!
Come and visit the proud parents!
In the meantime, the five leopard tortoise parents are on show to the public and can be found in their mixed-exhibit next to the gibbons. In our creep (a group of tortoises) of leopard tortoises we have one male (Terry) and four females (Topsy, Turvy, Maggie-May and Gwen). Also in the same enclosure we have one African spur tortoise and eight ring tailed lemurs. Mixed exhibits such as this one provide enrichment for our animals through their interactions with one another. We are often lucky enough to capture this on camera, as you can see in this video!