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.
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.
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!