A bit of snow and a lot of ice have made the roads around the safari drive hazardous even for the parks 4×4’s so we have had to close to the public for a while.
So what do we do now? Do we all have a snow day and go home? We should be so lucky!
The animals still need to be looked after so the keepers have to struggle on through all weather and conditions, it seem like such a nice job in the summer (when it’s nice) but that is more than made up for in the winter. I have had to order an extra batch of Knowsley woolly hats for everyone. With new babies expected the keepers need to be vigilant and make sure that all the animals have sufficient food, water and shelter from the cold, some of the houses have quite complex heating systems and they need to be sure they work properly to help the animals through the night in temperatures dropping into minus double figures.
Outside of the animal areas our maintenance program is in full swing with amusement rides being stripped down for testing and other areas of the park getting a new coat of paint to freshen everything up for the next season.
The marketing plans are also drawn up through the quieter winter months and next year is a special one with it being the parks 40th anniversary year. New leaflets, new guide books and other promotional materials all need a revamp for the next year too.
Christmas is coming and the website store is doing great trade which keeps the office very busy making up adoption packs and printing, packing and posting gifts and certificates.
On top of this the wintery weather seems to be the time the press are interested in us, exotic animals in snow seem to be the image to have at the moment. Press enquirees are always very welcome distractions though because as well as giving some great publicity they are often fun to be involved with and quite exiting when you are involved in a story that becomes quite big.
So as you can see bad weather doesn’t stop us at Knowsley Safari Park, it makes life interesting and the park looks absolutely stunning when it is all white. Hopefully we will be back open for the weekend for you all to come and see it.