Wild Weekends at Knowsley Safari Park have got off to a flying start with our first sessions on “Food Glorious Food” taking place Saturday and Sunday.
An excited group of children arrived early at the safari school to get started learning all about food!
After an ice breaker game which brought out a few giggles, everyone was soon overcoming their shyness and settled in to learning about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.
We thought about the good points and the bad points about belonging to each of these groups and had a look at a zebra, lion and baboon skull – then we moved on to meeting some real live animals who belong to each of the three feeding groups (a giant African land snail, a White’s tree frog and a rat to name a few).
The boys check out an elephant's tooth
Soon after, the children got to work making some enrichments for our meerkats (these are little puzzles which contain food treats – including some very wriggly worms and keep the meerkats busy for hours) we then ventured down to the meerkat enclosure to put these to use.
Making enrichment devices for the meerkats
There we met Berna, our meerkat and giraffe keeper and in small groups she led the children into the enclosure to deliver the enrichments to the meerkats and then take part in a scatter feed of grapes and carrots.
Putting the enrichment devices into the meerkat enclosure
Once we had said goodbye to Berna and the meerkats the children then had the opportunity to feed the giraffes.
Our two giraffes Oliver and Rigsby enjoyed browse, bananas and cabbage hand fed by the children. The children were thrilled at the experience and being so close to the giraffes – but not so keen on giraffe saliva – and for an unlucky few snot (it’s the price you pay for being so close to them!)
feeding the giraffe
After a quick look at the elephants our happy wild weekenders headed back to the safari school to finish off the morning holding some of the animals they had met earlier that day: Spike the stick insect, Ozzy the rat and Pib the snake.
Meeting the safari school animals
Overall the children and the Wild Weekend team had a fantastic time – with one participant rating the session not just 5/5 but “1 million out of 5”!
Some very happy Wild Weekenders
There are still places available for our next Wild Weekend – Mini Monsters on 17th and 18th March. These sessions are themed about all things creepy, crawly and slimy! Children will be invited behind the scenes in the bug house to meet some of its weird and wonderful residents – it is an opportunity not to be missed!!!! Booking is available by clicking the Wild Weekends icon on our website. We hope more of you will join us soon!!!
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Knowsley Safari Park is a fantastic, fun family day out and is also a superb venue for school and group visits. Opened by the Earl of Derby in 1971 the park is now in it’s fifth decade as one of the North Wests biggest and best tourist attractions.