Brrrrrrrrilliant weather for PR

It may have been very cold lately and many places around the UK have had more than their fair share of snow already but this has made Knowsley Safari Park a bit of a media haven in the last few days.
To start it off we had the birth of our first white rhino calf for nearly two years and even though his birth weight came it at around 9 stone! He is still very cute. We put the news out and there was a bit of response and our friend Julian from Mercury Press came out with his camera for a few pictures.
Julian came to take shots of the new rhino but also took a few shots of other animals in the snow. Yet again it was our baboons that hit the spot with a shot of them huddled together under the veranda of their house waiting for their feed of hot baked potatoes.

Knowsley Safari Park baboon
Knowsley Baboons keeping warm

The Daily Mirror ran the picture on the front page the next day with the headline “-18 It’s Brass Monkeys”. Following that Sky TV and Channel 5 asked to come in and film the potato feed, they were later snowed off but BBC and ITV both came in and filmed pieces for the local evening news and then this morning ITV’s Daybreak show were in to film live links and even had their best ever email response to a show after request for names for the new rhino, he is now called Troy.

Knowsley Safari Park baby rhino calf Troy
Proud mum Piglet shows off her new calf Troy

So all in all a mad few days at the park and loads of great publicity, what a shame nobody can get to the park because of the snow!

Knowsley Safari Park baboon enjoying a hot potato

Knowsley Safari Park baboons love their winter feeds of hot potato

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About safariuk

I am the Visitor Service Manager for UK tourist attraction Knowsley Safari Park. I have been in the post only for a few years and consider myself very fortunate to work in such a fantastic place. Not many people outside of Africa can take their lunch break while looking at elephants! This isn't the official blog for Knowsley Safari Park but my own views and opinions on things that may be happening at the park, in the leisure industry or anywhere else.
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