A Great Day Out for the Little Stars

Monday was a good day.  The first weekday of the half term holiday, the sun was out and lots of people had decided to visit us at Knowsley Safari Park.  There was also a planned visit from Little Stars, this was a group of families all with children recovering from cancer and Cancer Reasearch UK and the England Footballers Foundation helped to plan a fantastic day out for them.

The families arrived in the morning and the children thought they were just having a trip to the safari park but while they were having some refreshments in the parks Karamoja restaurant they were surprised by England footballers Steven Gerrard and Stuart Downing.

Stuart Downing and Steven Gerrard at Knowsley Safari Park

Stuart Downing and Steven Gerrard at Knowsley Safari Park

The children were all football fans and all supported Liverpool Football Club(phew) and were really excited to meet their football heroes.  Then for the next treat, the children and their heroes went to feed our giraffe and have photographs taken.

Little Stars and their football heroes meet Knowsley Safari Park's giraffe

Little Stars and their football heroes meet Knowsley Safari Park's giraffe

Oliver and Rigsby our two male giraffewere on best behaviour and really played up for the cameras to make some great photos and allow the children to get really close to them.  Steven Gerrard wasn’t too keen at first but I think by the end of the session we had turned him into a giraffe fan.

Steven Gerrard feeds one of Knowsley Safari Park's giraffe

Steven Gerrard feeds one of Knowsley Safari Park's giraffe

Stuart Downing may have got a little closer than he expected too.

Stuart Downing gets up close and personal with Knowsley's giraffe

Stuart Downing gets up close and personal with Knowsley's giraffe

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Knowsley Safari Park was first opened in 1971 and now in it’s 40th year offers an experience to remember.  A five
mile safari drive awaits you with lions, tigers, white rhino and many more animals including our infamous troop of
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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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