Easter


Easter is on it’s way with the first of the schools breaking up for the holidays this Friday.  The park is looking great and all the hard work getting ready for what is usually the busiest couple of weeks of the year is now looking worthwhile.

Panther Chameleon at Knowsley Safari Park

Panther Chameleon at Knowsley Safari Park

Our Panther Chameleons have been getting into the Easter spirit, a successful pairing with our very colourful male resulting in the female laying well over 30 eggs!  The eggs were laid in a tank unsuitable for incubation so our reptile keeper very carefully placed the eggs in a more suitable containers where we can look after them and hopefully see some hatch later in the year.

The new bird of prey centre “The Raptor Experience” opens it’s doors for the first time on Saturday and will have two flying displays performed every day as well as the opportunity to see more of the birds and talk to the trainers throughout the day.  The development of the new centre has meant that the park no longer has a children’s farm area but I am sure that everyone will appreciate the much improved bird of prey displays and we do hope to be able to put some of the smaller African animals in this area in the future.

Over the winter and the last few months the park has made improvements to it’s membership system which will hopefully allow us to keep our regular visitors more informed about events and activities at the park.  The new cards are printed on plastic so should last a lot longer and can be used to gain discounts in the shop, restaurant and amusement rides.  If you have an old style card (the one where you had to put your own picture in) why not visit the memberships desk next to the information centre and get you new card on your next visit.

If you are plannig a visit over Easter becoming a member is the best value way to visit if you are planning on multiple visits throughout the year.  If you are just looking for a day out the best value comes from our online, print at home, tickets.  From Friday night these will be offering a huge 25% discount from the gate price so make sure you buy tickets in advance and save yourself a few pounds.

Knowsley safari park is open from 10am to last entry into the park at 4pm.  Tickets are £16 per adult and £12 per child with 25% off online from 4pm on Friday (30th March). Sealion shows, bird of prey displays and keeper talks daily.  Amusement rides available at £2 per ticket or £10 for an all day wristband.

www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk

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Olympic Torch is Heading For Knowsley Safari


OLYMPIC TORCH WILL HELP KNOWSLEY SAFARI PARK

TO CELEBRATE THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE

Some of The Queen’s more unusual ‘subjects’ will be helping to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee this summer.

Knowsley Safari Park is planning a special event over the double bank holiday weekend of June 2nd-5th to mark the 60 years of The Queen’s reign, with an appearance by the Olympic Flame being one of the highlights of the festivities.

The Olympic Torch will visit the attraction on Friday 1st June and park bosses are planning a free community celebration to mark the occasion.

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The Olympic Torch Relay Heading Through Knowsley Safari Park

Full details of the event will be released later, but people can register their interest in attending now by visiting the Safari Park website – http://www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk.

Safari Park General Manager, David Ross, said: “As Queen Victoria was the only other British monarch ever to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee, this really is a once-in-a-lifetime event.

“By combining our festivities with the Olympic Torch Relay, we will be able to celebrate the two most important events in the country this year on the same weekend.”

The Olympic Flame will visit the park on the 14th day of its 70-day tour of the UK. Day 14 starts in Bolton and ends with an evening event in Liverpool, with stop-offs at Chorley, Ormskirk, Southport, St Helens and Birkenhead along the way.

In total, the Olympic Torch Relay will visit 1,019 communities over ten weeks.  According to games organisers, this will take the iconic symbol to within ten miles of 95 per cent of the UK population.

“This event really is going to be something special,” added David Ross.  “I would urge people to register their contact details now via our website to ensure they are the first to hear details of this exciting double celebration.”  Click here to register interest.

http://www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk

Open in 1971 Knowsley Safari Park is still a great place for family days out, school trips and more.

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Wild Weekends at Knowsley Safari Park


Wild Weekends at Knowsley Safari Park have got off to a flying start with our first sessions on “Food Glorious Food” taking place Saturday and Sunday.

An excited group of children arrived early at the safari school to get started learning all about food!

After an ice breaker game which brought out a few giggles, everyone was soon overcoming their shyness and settled in to learning about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.

Ice breaker - What animal am I?

We thought about the good points and the bad points about belonging to each of these groups and had a look at a zebra, lion and baboon skull – then we moved on to meeting some real live animals who belong to each of the three feeding groups (a giant African land snail, a White’s tree frog and a rat to name a few).

The boys check out an elephant's tooth

The boys check out an elephant's tooth

Soon after, the children got to work making some enrichments for our meerkats (these are little puzzles which contain food treats – including some very wriggly worms and keep the meerkats busy for hours) we then ventured down to the meerkat enclosure to put these to use.

Making enrichment devices for the meerkats

Making enrichment devices for the meerkats

There we met Berna, our meerkat and giraffe keeper and in small groups she led the children into the enclosure to deliver the enrichments to the meerkats and then take part in a scatter feed of grapes and carrots.

Putting the enrichment devices into the meerkat enclosure

Putting the enrichment devices into the meerkat enclosure

 

Once we had said goodbye to Berna and the meerkats the children then had the opportunity to feed the giraffes.

Our two giraffes Oliver and Rigsby enjoyed browse, bananas and cabbage hand fed by the children. The children were thrilled at the experience and being so close to the giraffes – but not so keen on giraffe saliva – and for an unlucky few snot (it’s the price you pay for being so close to them!)

feeding the giraffe

feeding the giraffe

After a quick look at the elephants our happy wild weekenders headed back to the safari school to finish off the morning holding some of the animals they had met earlier that day: Spike the stick insect, Ozzy the rat and Pib the snake.

Meeting the safari school animals

Meeting the safari school animals

Overall the children and the Wild Weekend team had a fantastic time – with one participant rating the session not just 5/5 but “1 million out of 5”!

Some very happy Wild Weekenders

Some very happy Wild Weekenders

There are still places available for our next Wild Weekend – Mini Monsters on 17th and 18th March. These sessions are themed about all things creepy, crawly and slimy! Children will be invited behind the scenes in the bug house to meet some of its weird and wonderful residents – it is an opportunity not to be missed!!!! Booking is available by clicking the Wild Weekends icon on our website. We hope more of you will join us soon!!!

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Knowsley Safari Park
Knowsley Safari Park is a fantastic, fun family day out and is also a superb venue for school and group visits.  Opened by the Earl of Derby in 1971 the park is now in it’s fifth decade as one of the North Wests biggest and best tourist attractions.

www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk

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