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Elephant Day at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm will be joining campaigners around the world to fight for greater conservation of elephants.
World Elephant Day takes place on Tuesday, August 12 and seeks to educate people about elephant conservation, both in the wild and in captivity.
Launched two years ago, the event focuses attention on the urgent plight of both African elephants, like Buta at Noah’s Ark, and Asian elephants.
These iconic animals are synonymous with the wild and feature across popular culture. But we’re running out of time to save these species, who are living life truly on the brink.
Elephant populations are facing numerous threats, most of which come from humans.
Poaching, habitat loss and global conflicts are just some of the threats to both African and Asian elephants. Much greater resources are needed to offer true protection for wild populations and more effective enforcement against the illegal ivory trade which maintains the levels of poaching.
We set up Elephant Eden to offer something new in elephant management in captivity. The idea is to offer elephants already living in captivity greater freedom, space and comfort replicating their natural surroundings.
The £2 million project got off its feet last year and our first elephant, Buta, moved in. The former Liverpool resident has settled in a treat, enjoying the soft sand yards, large grass fields, splash pool and wallowing mud, hot showers and raised feeding nets to encourage stretching and foraging.
World Elephant Day also asks people to experience these mighty creatures in non-exploitative and sustainable environments – just like our 20 acre enriched elephant environment at Noah’s Ark.
On World Elephant Day it is going to be all about Buta and her fellow elephants.
We’re currently editing a special film about Buta and her new life at Noah’s Ark, including behind-the-scenes insights from her keepers. The first screening of the film will take place on Elephant Day at 12.30pm in the Elephant House – where visitors will also have the chance to meet the keepers.
There will be a stand running with all kinds of elephant-themed things on offer – from a footprint of Buta on canvas through to elephant memorabilia and our elephant adoptions. Our animal adoptions are popular gifts and include a ticket to come to Noah’s Ark and visit your chosen adoptee!
We’ll also be launching our first ever Elephant Keeper Experience, in line with our popular existing experiences, so watch this space!
Visitors can also enter a competition guessing how much Buta weighs in kg. We’ll weigh her at the end of the day and see who guessed the closest!
In the run-up to World Elephant Day, we’ll be running a competition on Facebook for children aged four to 16-years-old. They can win the chance to put up some enrichment activities for Buta to explore as part of a free day at the zoo. Once of these tasks will be to make a browse branch for her, and the other will be to hide treats in the sand for her.
Make sure you like our Noah’s Ark Facebook page to keep up to date on this and future competitions.
You can book your tickets for Elephant Day online ahead of time – and you’ll also receive 5% off your entrance price.
For more information please visit the Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm website or call 01275 852606.
Summer holidays at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
With tropical hot temperatures, stormy skies and media reports of a heatwave, it seems like summer is truly here!
At Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm we are gearing up for the start of the summer holidays, when we offer fantastic family days out in Bristol – with everything from mighty African animals through to our fantastic play areas and picnic spots.
For the summer season, we’ve been working behind the scenes to improve visitor facilities to make a day out here even more special.
We’ve now got upgraded café facilities, so you can enjoy healthy lunches, snacks and drinks in even more comfortable surroundings. And as the site is so large, we’ve introduced a new Trunk Stop kiosk offering drinks and ice creams so you can cool off when on the move exploring Noah’s Ark!
New toilets have also been built to cut queues and ensure you have the most time possible to enjoy the animals, parks and playgrounds here on the farm.
As well as our vibrant shows and talks running daily, we’ve got a series of summer events shining the spotlight on some of the incredible animals we have here on the Ark.
We’ll be marking International Tiger Day on Tuesday, July 29, with a special talk at the Big Cat sanctuary, where visitors will also get the chance to see the tigers get some new enrichment toys.
Enrichment is an important part of the management plans for all our animals at Noah’s Ark. This ranges from offering the animals interesting new items to play with to hiding food in novel places to bring out their hunting or scavenging instincts.
It’s a great way to keep Bengal tigers Tiana and Khan stimulated, engaged with their surroundings, active and healthy both physically and mentally.
The pair always enjoy tearing apart their carved pumpkins (filled with meat) during Halloween enrichment, footballs for the World Cup and sniffing, clawing and scent-marking on their Christmas pine trees.
For the daring, we are running the ever-popular Reptile Fortnight again this summer, from Monday, August 4 to Saturday, August 16. We’ll have daily Venomous Snake Shows at 12.30pm and 2pm in the Ark Arena. The shows feature the deadliest snakes from across the world including the black mamba, king cobra and gaboon viper. These are the only shows of their kind in the South West!
There will also be a chance to meet and have your photograph taken with the friendly non-venomous reptiles including a mississippi alligator, panther chameleon and burmese python!
Many of our small animals will be taking a trip from the Ark to visit the beautiful Ashton Court estate for the annual Bristol Balloon Fiesta on the weekend of August 9 and 10. We love visiting the incredible balloon show and letting more people find out about Noah’s Ark.
Then on Tuesday, August 12, we’ll be celebrating our beautiful elephant Buta on World Elephant Day. We’re running a fun-packed day at Elephant Eden featuring keeper talks and a competition to win a chance to go into the elephant keeper area and hide some enrichment treats for Buta!
With so much on at Noah’s Ark these summer holidays, make sure you book your tickets online, where you’ll be given a bonus 5% off your entrance!
For more information please visit the Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm website or call 01275 852606.
Wildlife Day at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
While there’s no doubt that every day is full of wildlife at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, this weekend we have extra special guests coming to visit.
Our ‘Wildlife Day’ takes place this Saturday, July 12 and brings to life some of the less prominent aspects of the wildlife in the area – focusing on some of our native British species of animals and birds and getting hands on pond dipping and finding out about the natural habitats around the area.
Big zoo animals like our beautiful elephant Buta and our rhinos and zebras often hog the spotlight, so we’re turning it on the nature hidden on our doorstep out here in Wraxall.
Visitors can join us at our behind the scenes nature reserve to learn about the local wildlife living inside the grounds.
Staff will be leading a nature walk to our private conservation area in the afternoon. Meeting at the Big Cats area at 1.30pm, visitors can walk to a private part of the zoo to have fun pond dipping at our conservation pond.
There will be the chance to discover lots of native pond wildlife and get to understand more about them from our experienced staff.
Throughout the day there will be lots on offer for youngsters, with activity sheets that children can have fun filling in around the farm. These include colouring in, word searches and anagrams.
For the more active among us, all our usual indoor and outdoor play areas will be open, giving little ones the chance to climb, play and run to their hearts’ content.
We’re also joined by a variety of charities who will be with us to share the valuable work they carry out to help conserve native British wildlife and their habitats.
The Woodland Trust – the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity dedicated to planting trees and protecting woods – will have a stand here to raise awareness of their work.
Ancient woods across the county are vulnerable, facing threats from pests and disease and moreover, human impact. Insensitive development continues to prioritise short term benefits at the expense of these historic natural resources.
By exploring our conservation pond and chatting with our charity representatives, there will be plenty of inspiration on how you can help local conservation efforts or even learn how to help the wildlife in your own back garden!
Noah’s Ark will have its own special stand out for Wildlife Day, with a very special representative joining us – Bella the Barn Owl! Come along to meet this beautiful bird and find out how we can best protect her kind.
Our stand will also have a range of information on offer about charities supporting British wildlife, from The Barn Owl Trust through to Raptor Rescue, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Secret World.
And if that’s not enough, we will also have some cheery, summery sunflowers on our stand for visitors to take home with them and remember their day.
While you’re at Noah’s Ark this weekend, make sure to stop by our popular Giraffe House during Wildlife Day to see our charismatic little giraffe Geoffrey who was born the other week.
The leggy baby giraffe is busy exploring his new surroundings and loving all the attention he is getting!
Mum Genny and dad Gerald are always proud to show off their new arrival, who was born in a surprise birth during the daily Giraffe Talk!
We are open from Monday – Saturday, 10:30am – 5pm. For more information about our animals visit the Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm website or call 01275 852606.