Posted February 18, 2022 in Enclosures & Development
Unlike a leopard, we are making some changes to ‘spots’ around the park. In preparation ahead of the Easter break, we have decided to carry out some much-needed maintenance work to some areas of the zoo. This may include temporarily closing areas of the park and moving some of our animals to their off-show homes whilst we carry out these vital improvements.
We are continuously looking to improve our facilities for our guests where we can, and we are starting with some of our older toilet blocks. Our Playa Patagonia toilet block (next to sea lions) and our Kalahari Theatre toilets (next to Jungle Tumble) will be closed from Monday 21st February whilst we carry out services to upgrade these facilities.
Our hippos are getting a new pad! Back in 2019, we carried out exciting new upgrades to our indoor pygmy hippo enclosure which included an extended indoor space providing our hippos with a larger indoor area. Post-pandemic, we are now able to continue with the planned improvements to their outdoor area, which will include a revamped pool facility. Until the work is complete in this area, the outdoor walkway will remain closed.
It’s ‘guinea’ be a good during Easter half term for those visiting our Familiar Friends! Our old horse stable is going to be converted into an exciting, interactive space for kids to learn all about the adorable guinea pig. Please be aware that there may be some disruption to this area whilst the development work takes place.
Our hyenas will be temporarily off show over the next few weeks as we are improving the viewing area of this mischievous animal. The old viewing areas are being improved to enhance the visitor experience with the old wooden frames being upgraded to glass panel windows. This will give a better view of our hyenas, especially for younger children.
Our Discovery Centre has moved! Our bug handling and Interactive Zone has now moved from behind Iguana Forest to inside Elephant Kingdom! Visit our new Discovery Den and face your fears by handling one of our creepy crawlies. The old Discovery Centre space is now being transformed into two classrooms for our Education Team and will provide a suitable area for the team to conduct their school sessions, whilst providing a new and vibrant learning location within the zoo.
As always, please keep an eye on our social media channels for the latest news and updates as we are constantly looking as to where we can improve our facilities around the zoo.