Today started off very wet and even had a little bit of thunder and lightning. If you phone the park on days like this to enquire what the animals do when it rains you will be told that while the animals do have access to shelter if they want it most of them don’t mind a little rain in the summer and some even seem to enjoy it.
As visitor service manager for the park I sometimes need to check these things out for myself and go and find out what the customer is actually seeing (any excuse to get out of the office and go and see the animals). Today I went out to see what was actually about in the rain.
I started my journey around just after a bit of a downpour and did enjoy patches of sunshine with a few heavy showers in between and I would have to say that the animals on the safari drive were all out and didn’t seem worried by the rain at all. In fact some of the animals that you may usually see asleep in the grass such as the tigers and hunting dogs were quite active in their sections. The rhino were all up and about and enjoying the juicy wet grass and although I didn’t go through the baboon section (I had only just cleaned the landrover) I did see lots of cars with muddy hand and footprints all over them, and some with bits missing, so I know they were out. The only animal that seemed to be sheltering were the ankole cattle who were all huddled under a tree.
Now I’m not saying rainy days are better than sunny ones, we all enjoy the sun on our faces, but there are still plenty of animals about to see. If you are a season ticket holder for the park you certainly shouldn’t be put off by a bit of rain and those photographers out there can get some great wet weather pictures from the car without risking a wet camera.
For those of you who don’t have a season ticket get one quick. Until 31st August an adult season ticket is just £20, that’s half price! You can then visit in rain or shine and it won’t cost you a penny more to enter the park until this time next year.