Wildlife Day at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm
9th July 2014
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.