Research and Conservation at Knowsley Safari Park


Goose Vs Elephant

Knowsley Elephant chasing a goose

It has been a busy first year for our Research and Conservation team here at Knowsley Safari Park and they aren’t quite finished yet with a Space for Giants event planned for 14th December at Knowsley Hall where guest speakers will be there to talk about the work being done with elephants in Africa. There are still some seats left if you want to book a place click here for details.

The team have done a brilliant job in organising events throughout 2011 and have helped to raise some much needed funds for some very worthy animal charities, not least of which was Save the Rhino who were chosen as Knowsley Safari Parks charity of the year for 2011.

The R&C team at the rhino rally

The R&C team

One of the key events of the years activities was the Rhino Rally, a weekend event set up to raise awareness of the fact that rhino are still endangered and still being poached for their horn which is used in medicines even though it has no health benefits at all! The Rhino Rally was run over a weekend in August and those that visited had a fantastic time with a number of visitors paying a little extra for a rhino experience and the chance to meet our keepers.

A number of other charities benefitted from the hard work of the team this year too with The Bat Conservation Trust, Giraffe Conservation, Red Squirrels, and the Merseyside Biobank all being involved in the talks and events that have been held at the park. The R&C team have also kept the park involved in a number of other projects including….

REGUA- Along with other BIAZA members, we have donated money towards the creation of a reserve of Atlantic rainforest in Brazil. BIAZA, the World Land Trust and its partner REGUA, intend to purchase land for a 1,500 ha reserve, 80km from Rio de Janeiro in South America. The Atlantic Rainforest is disappearing rapidly, there is only 7% of it left and we feel we can help to restore as much of this lost habitat as possible. This will benefit generations to come, both in the human and animal world. www.regua.co.uk

Save The Rhino- KSP are now affiliated with Save-The-Rhino. We have donated £6000 to the Lowveld rhino trust for one of their newly formed programmes. In 2011, we aim to match this donation through fundraising and educational events- Rhino Runs, evening talks and fundraising collections. All rhino species face major threats due to habitat loss, and primarily poaching. Save-the-rhino work directly with communities to encourage habitat protection and whole ecosystem protection. KSP’s long-term support will allow the Lowveld Project a secure financial base www.savetherhino.org

Endangered Wildlife Trust- Our group of African Hunting Dogs arrived in 2006. We ran a fundraising campaign for the summer of 2007 which raised over £11,000. This money was split between two projects in South Africa which are involved with the conservation of these endangered animals in the wild. We continue our support and links to the organisations, currently our funds have allowed for radio-tracking collars to be used on several packs of dogs to monitor them. Anti-snare collars have also been funded, and continued anti-poaching patrols. The EWT encompasses whole habitats thus whilst protecting Wild Dog habitat, other species are protected. To read more about Wild Dog research click here

Primate Society of Great Britain – KSP sponsors the PSGB annually. In 2008 two field project grants were given allowing research into the Wild Bornean Tarsier and Slow Loris. The funds allowed full research into species ecology, and threats to both species to be assessed, essentially habitat loss. Conservation action can now be directed to improve habitat and create wildlife corridors. The second grant allowed the Assessment of an unprotected forest corridor for the dispersal of isolated Cross-River gorilla and Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee populations in Southwest Cameroon. www.psgb.org

Please do click on the links and find out more about some of the fantastic work these charities do around the world.

http://www.painteddog.org/

http://www.spaceforgiants.org/

http://www.savetherhino.org/eTargetSRINM/site/1/default.aspx

http://www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk/?/research-and-conservation/research-and-conservation-home.html

http://www.bats.org.uk/

http://www.giraffeconservation.org/

http://www.rsne.org.uk/

http://www.merseysidebiobank.org.uk/index.aspx?Mod=Article&ArticleID=18b.1

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Animal updates


It’s been quite an exciting week for UK zoos with the arrival of two Panda at Edinburgh zoo.  These are the first Giant Panda in the UK for 17 years and are at the zoo on a 10 year loan costing the zoo £1M per year. 

After a nine hour flight from China the keepers at the zoo said that both panda were settling in and had already started to tuck into meals of tasty bamboo.

Tian Tian (female) and Yang Guang (male) are being kept in seperate enclosures at the moment and will be introduced to each other in February/ March when Tian Tian comes into season.  Fingers crossed for successful breeding as I am sure a baby panda will bring in even more visitors to help with the costs of bringing the pair to the zoo and help to fund other conservation projects.

The Giant Panda will be on public display from 16th December and Edinburgh Zoo are advising visitors to book in advance as this is sure to be a popular attraction.

Good luck Edinburgh Zoo I look forward to the pitter patter of tiny black and white paws.

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Discount Christmas Gifts From Knowsley Safari Park


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Knowsley Safari Park is now offering discounts on keeper days and adoptions with both items making great gifts for Christmas.

The Animal Adoptions discount offers you 20% of all adoption levels when you use the discount code “adopt” at the checkout. You can choose to adopt any of our species and get a fantastic adoption pack in the post.

Our Keeper for the Day Experience has been discounted by a huge £60! and is also availble from our online store. The Keeper for the Day experience is a gift with a WOW! factor and is sure to be one of the best presents Santa could bring this year. (Age restrictions apply)

Don’t miss out visit our online store today.

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Knowsley Safari Park RNLI Reindeer Run 2011


It was great to arrive at work this morning, at the end of November, to see queues of cars heading into the safari park. Unfortunately all these visitor weren’t here to see the animals but were here as runners in the 2011 RNLI Reindeer Run. There are three events for the Reindeer run, the 10k, the 5k and the 3k Santa Saunter walk.

Last year the run raised over £15,000 and there were high hopes to do better this year. The car park certainly seemed busier than last year, although RNLI say they have similar numbers, but it was -6C for the 2010 run so a few may have opted to sit it out it’s no fun running with ice on your face! Starbucks kindly provided hot drinks to help fight against the cold this year.

Plenty of runners were around for the 10K warm up session by DW Fitness.

After the warm up the 10K runners were off, with the first runners expected back in a little over half an hour they weren’t hanging around.

The 5k runners were next up and were cheered on as they passed the elephants

And last but not least the Santa Saunter.

As well as a number of serious runners there were those who were running to have fun as well as raising as much as possible for a very worthy cause.

After 5k in that suit this was as close to a smile as I was going to get.

The best bit about a run is always the finish and I was guaranteed to get a smile here.

We heard a rumour that X-Factors Marcus Collins was supposed to be running today but he was feeling a little flat.

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Winter work


Knowsley Safari Park baboons in the snow

Knowsley Safari Park baboons in the snow in 2010

Although the park is now only open at weekends there is still an awful lot of work being done in the park during the week.

The animal division are busy getting their animals and animal shelters ready for winter and from the forecast it looks like it could be another very cold one so they need to be well prepared.  We also had a bit of a late arrival and keeper’s arrived at work last week to the first frost and a new born Roan Antelope calf!  Keeping staff were a  bit worried it might be too cold for the baby and thought they may have to step in and help but it all turned out great and by the next day the female calf was up on her feet and getting stronger by the minute.  ( I will try and get a few more details from the keepers on this story for another post)

In the walk around area we have seen the start of work for the grand marquee and JDParties Christmas Party Extravaganzas.  Bon Soir Paris is the theme this year and Knowsley estate staff are digging out the tux and gowns for our own Christmas party in the marquee in December.

Office staff are also starting to get busy with orders for apotions, tickets and other experiences already starting to come in.  VIP tours have been the early favourite for Christmas presents but I am sure the animal experiences and and our fantastic Keeper for a Day will catch up.

Don’t forget the park is still open for visits at weekends with the safari drive open at 10:30am until last entry into the safari drive at 3pm.  The Karamoja restaurant is open for a delicious cooked breakfast too so make sure you get here nice and early.

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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 baboons.  Get closer to the action at Knowsley Safari Park a great family day out.

Knowsley Safari Park is now taking school bookings for 2012 please call our education department on 0151 430 9009 or visit our website for more information.

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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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Safari Tour in the Bosses Car!


Now I normally wouldn’t advise this but when your car is in the garage what else can you do?

Actually, it was our normal safari tour vehicle that was in the garage and with a tour for five people to do I needed a big car. It was a bit a problem until the Earl of Derby stepped in a rescued the situation with an offer to use his own Landrover.

Now our normal vehicle is a green 9 seater Landrover and is a great way to travel around the park as it is all hammered by the rhino on the outside and is able to handle all the terrain, no problem with the animals getting a bit close we don’t mind the odd rhino nudge or the baboons on this one.

The Earl’s landrover is a lot newer and lovely to drive, electric, windows, air con the lot but a bit new to be comfortable driving around the safari.  The guests really enjoyed the day and we got as close as we could to the animals, I had fingers crossed as we travelled through the monkey jungle with half a dozen baboons climbing all over us but we all made it through intact and with the Landrover still in one piece.  Phew!

I reluctantly handed back the Landrover after the tour and picked up my trusty Corsa.  I guess it’s true when they say “the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away”

I think I actually prefer the park’s green Landrover for tours, it is certainly a lot less worrying when you have baboons all over the vehicle!

Guided safari tours are available during opening hours throughout the year and cost just £80 plus your normal admission charge for the guide and vehicle to take you around the safari drive (great if you don’t want to risk your own car) .  The vehicle can seat up to 8 guests so if you fill the Landrover it will only cost an extra £10 each!

A tour for 8 would be £200 with admission and vehicle charge (2011 pricing).

To find out more about the safari park and tours visit our website or give the park a call on 0151 430 9009.  Or to book a tour click here.

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