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Have A Cracking Easter at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm!
Easter is just around the corner, so it’s time to get planning if you want to make the long weekend a memorable one. The Easter holidays are made for kids – so treat them to a cracking time at Noah’s Ark and they certainly won’t be disappointed. There’s plenty going on here to keep you, and them, happy – so here’s a brief rundown of some of our most exciting events.
Firstly, Easter wouldn’t be Easter without an egg hunt, so – for the second year running – we are holding our CCS Adoption’s Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday 1st April. We are delighted to be hosting the hunt in conjunction with this Bristol-based charity which helps bring families together. Kids will love the thrill of the hunt, especially winning the chocolate treat at the end of it!
And our chocolaty fun doesn’t end there; on Saturday 4th April, we’re hosting our Noah’s Chocolate Trail, where kids will hunt through the Easter trail before getting their hands on a chocolate and sweet surprise! You and your little ones can get involved in all the novelty games and crafty activities we have on offer, and you’ll get to take home your fun Easter creations. Don’t forget to look out for our adorable new born Easter chicks, bunnies and lambs – they will have you cooing and ‘awwing’ and are perfect for getting you into the Easter spirit. And make sure you brighten up your day by coming to say hello to our macaws and amazons in our recently opened parrot aviary!
As well as our exciting annual events, we will also be holding our usual daily talks and shows across the zoo – so keep an eye on our timetable so you know where to be and when. From our all-day tractor rides outside the Animal Village – great for the little ones – to fascinating talks about elephants (at Elephant Eden) and giraffes (at the Giraffe House), you and your kids can have fun whilst learning at the same time!
The weather seems to be improving, so if you feel like a refreshment, it’s worth remembering that our fabulous café serves a host of healthy lunches and snacks, as well as ice creams (perfect if the sun is out!) and hot and cold drinks. There are also kiosks dotted over Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm serving refreshments at the Watering Hole (by the Big Cats) and in the Arkiventures indoor play area.
It is also worth noting that parking at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is completely free of charge when visiting us, so you can park all day knowing that you won’t have to spend a penny on parking fees! Don’t forget, we are open Monday to Saturday, and this includes Good Friday and Bank Holiday Monday! The zoo is closed on Sundays, so we will be shut on Easter Sunday.
Plan your Easter trip to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm today and your kids will have a guaranteed fun-filled day of Easter Egg Hunts, Amazing Animals and playing. See you soon!
Step into Spring with Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
We love this time of year; the evenings start to draw out, the weather is improving, and we even manage to step outside in a cardigan as opposed to a thick winter coat. And, if rumours are to be believed, there’s an early spring heat wave on the horizon. With all this in mind, we thought we’d keep you up-to-date with some of the exciting things going on here at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm this spring.
Now that the weather is on the up, why not make a day of it and stroll around our many acres of land? Little ones will love our indoor and outdoor adventure play areas. Our Wallaby Hill playground is a huge outdoor feature and includes zip lines, climbing wall, rope bridges, swings, tunnel slide and – of course – Noah’s Ark! There’s plenty of other ways for kids to burn off energy, too – how about exploring Termite Mountain? Your little ones can spend their time getting to grips with a combine harvester, feel the wind in their hair as they play on the large tyre swings, take a trip down a fireman’s pole and get tangled up in the whirling web! Of course, if you want to pop inside there’s also the Ark-iVentures play barn which is suitable for all ages; in here we have trampolines, climbing frames, an exhilarating Drop Slide and all manner of bridges, nets and swings to get hands-on with – plus an indoor tractor track for kids to practice their plastic tractor driving skills on.
Also, as of 2015, if the weather does take a turn for the worse then our indoor play barns are now heated so that your kids can play come rain or shine.
And let’s not forget our amazing animals! As well as our larger animals – including giraffes, lions and rhinos (and who can forget, of course, our growing herd of African elephants) we also have an adorable range of farmyard animals. Let your children get up-close to our lambs, goats, donkeys, horses and cows – and now that Easter is nearly upon us, don’t forget our adorable chicks, rabbits and baby goats (kids) as well – spring really is upon us here at Noah’s Ark!
We actively encourage animal feeding on site, so your little ones can get hands-on and experience what it’s like to feed farm animals for themselves. Come and bottle feed our orphaned lambs after the Animal Show at 3pm each day. We even sell animal and bird food in our gift shop, meaning you can feed a variety of our animals – from deer, camels and llamas to goats and ducks!
Don’t forget to check out our daily shows and events for your spring day out. There are so many experiences to be had – from all-day tractor rides (ideal when the sun is shining) to the meerkat feed, meet the reptiles, elephant presentation, giraffe talk, birds of prey display and the big cat feed.
So what are you waiting for? A visit to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, breathing in the fresh country air and getting up-close to the animals, is sure to put a spring in your step. Just don’t forget your camera – there’ll be plenty of great photo opportunities!
Be An Elephant Keeper For The Day!
Have you ever visited a zoo and been a little bit envious of the people who get to work with these amazing animals, day in, day out? Well, at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm this dream can become a reality: we offer once-in-a-lifetime Zoo Keeper Experiences, where you can get hands-on and help look after your favourite animal for the day!
And as of last year, we have another Keeper Experience to go alongside our ‘Big Cat’ Experience (African Lions and Bengal Tigers), ‘Big Zoo Animals’ Keeper Experience (White Rhinos, Giraffes and Lowland Tapirs) and others. Yes, you can now get up-close and hands-on with everyone’s favourite trunked friend: the African Elephant!
Buta, our beautiful 30-year-old female African Elephant, is a pleasure to look after – she loves her daily routine and will be very happy to see you. Your morning will consist of working alongside our team of Elephant Keepers in a Protected Contact management system, ensuring that Buta receives the best care possible.
As part of the experience you’ll also meet our two cheeky male elephants Janu and M’Changa. Youngsters with adorable character, the pair may feature in the activities you are involved with during the morning.
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and with your Elephant Keeper Experience, you will prepare our elephants brekkies before you clean out their enclosure and help with the daily maintenance.
You will also watch daily husbandry care being performed by the keepers – this could include anything from weighing and washing to skin/foot care and taking blood. Depending on the day, you may then get an opportunity to hide enrichment treats in the outside enclosure, before watching the elephants search for and find the treats. It’s simply adorable to witness!
Whether you are an Elephant lover yourself or you want to give that special someone in your life a unique gift, the memories from the experience will last a lifetime. Available to book in advance (see T&Cs) for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8am – 10am, the only criteria is that you must be over the age of 18, and you’ll need to have a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this experience.
We think that Zoo Keeper Experiences are a fantastic way to spend a morning, but don’t simply take our word for it! Just some of the testimonials we have received include: “Amazing experience, best birthday present I have ever had” and “Thank you for an incredible experience, memories to treasure forever”.
Paying for your experience is easy – simply use our online shop or contact us directly to book a date. The price is £150 for one participant, and this cost includes full admission into the zoo for the whole day.
We are delighted that we can offer a spacious home for our African Elephants here at Noah’s Ark; sadly the species are deemed “vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, so we are doing what we can along with other zoos in terms of conservation to protect numbers, both in natural habitats and in captivity. Come and see these amazing creatures for yourself and spend the morning with Buta, Janu and M’Changa by booking your Elephant Keeper Experience today.