Little lambs and lemurs signal Spring at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm
2nd April 2014
We’ve all got a spring in our step this month with some gorgeous new arrivals here at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm. The clocks have gone forward, the weather is getting warmer and we’re definitely feeling like we’ve come out the other side of winter now we’ve got little lemurs on the farm!
We’ve now got a family of eight Ring-tailed Lemurs, thanks to the arrival of two new babies to Mum Tamala and Dad Neo! They join our other lemurs Simba, Baby, Rafiki and Rafiri in their large outdoor yard. They moved in at the end of last summer and have tree trunks and ropes to climb and socialise in, as well as a large indoor heated house to cosy up in. As well as the exotic lemur babies, we’ve also once more got some lovely fluffy lambs which visitors have been enjoying seeing taking a stroll in the sun outside.
The longer, warmer days are perfect for a day out with the family to see the baby animals at Noah’s Ark. You can bottle feed the lambs after the Animal Show in the Ark Arena each day at 3pm. This is part of our exciting daily timetable of events and interactive talks. Our farmyard area is full of all kinds of popular animals – from pigs and chickens to goats, sheep and horses. You can get up close and hands-on with our animals – from hand feeding the pigs, goats, camels and deer by purchasing animal feed from our shop, through to stroking the horses and ponies in the Animal Show Pens and holding rabbits, chicks and guinea pigs in the Animal Village. And we’ve also got some special Spring events lined up this month, starting with an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19.
Bring the little ones along for a day out ahead of Easter Sunday. Children will be able to search for eggs and treats around the farm, meeting the Noah’s Ark animals along the way. We’ll have novelty games for families to play and the chance for youngsters to get creative making some fun Easter crafts. The following Saturday we’ll be celebrating World Tapir Day a day early with a tapir talk and a chance to meet our own happy family of South American Lowland Tapirs.
You can also catch famous family Toby, Tara and Tallulah on our live web stream from a webcam in their home. It’s not been long since our largest resident climbed on board the Ark – Buta, an African elephant. She moved down to us in February from Knowsley Safari Park near Liverpool.
She’s our first elephant at our Elephant Eden habitat – the largest purpose-built elephant home in northern Europe – and Buta has been enjoying getting used to her spacious new quarters. And we saw record numbers of visitors stop by in March to meet Buta! She will soon be joined by fellow Knowsley resident, Nissim. The 19-year-old was one of her previous herd so she’ll soon be in good company. He is just finishing up his transport training and, in keeping with the Protected Contact (PC) principles we and Knowsley are following with the elephants, Nissim will only make the journey when he signals he is happy and comfortable doing so. Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is open from Monday – Saturday, 10:30am – 5pm.
For more information please visit the Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm website or call 01275 852606.