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Animal Antics

Written by: Elmtree Press

UK Zoos

One of our most favourite days out is always a trip to the zoo!  Watching all the animals’ antics, some closely mirroring our own behaviour, is always great fun.

The British public have been visiting zoos since Elizabethan times.

Driven by changing public attitudes, zoos have evolved from places simply of spectacle and scientific research to focus more on conservation and animal welfare.

Our UK zoos have a great reputation worldwide in terms of conservation and education. Nowadays most British Zoos operate breeding programs to increase numbers of endangered animals and in some cases release them back into the wild.  Animals are kept in conditions which mimic their natural habitat as much as possible and their devoted keepers are always on hand to keep them healthy and happy!

Monkey World

Visit Monkey World this summer and see their latest rescues, the red-bellied guenons, Benny & Nia!  These incredibly rare monkeys were smuggled from the wild into Lebanon, and Monkey World were called in to rescue them. Now, the park is the only place in the world you can see these monkeys in captivity. The guenons join over 250 other monkeys and apes, mostly endangered and rescued, to live their lives in a safe, stable environment. Combining fun with conservation, half-hourly keeper talks at the park explain all about man’s closest living relative, and the stories that led them to Monkey World.  Visitors can see the stars of TV’s ‘Monkey Life’, then ‘monkey around’ in the south’s largest Great Ape play area. Don’t forget to check out Europe’s only orangutan nursery, where youngsters Mimi, Bulu Mata and Rieke are growing up with their adoptive mum Oshine.

West Midland Safari and Leisure Park

West Midland Safari and Leisure Park have a passion for delivering exciting educational extras to add another level to your visit! Their Safari Ranger option is an excellent addition to your day; a member of the Education Team joins you on your coach to help you identify species, think about conservation threats and explain amazing adaptations of safari animals through their four-mile Safari Drive-through. This is a great addition to weave in educational content without any extra time out of your day. For those who are looking for a more 'hands on' animal adventure, don’t miss a session in the custom-built Safari Academy. Their Creature Feature session has always been a very popular option for visiting groups. It is around 30 minutes long and provides an opportunity for students to meet and stroke some of the smaller, friendlier animals. If you would like something more specific, they also run curriculum-linked Discovery Sessions on a range of topics; perfect for Key Stage One to Key Stage Four and beyond.

 Sea Life Scarborough

Dive into the deep with SEA LIFE Scarborough's new LEGO® adventure, Ocean Explorers. Discover new depths of the ocean whilst navigating a trail to help the LEGO® deep sea diver track down his missing equipment, hidden in our tanks.Successfully solve the challenge to become a certified SEA LIFE Junior Diver and receive your own LEGO® diver minifigure to take home. Delve into the brick pits in the centre’s event zone, to build with LEGO® and use step by step guides to create fun sea creatures, or simply let creativity takeover to build unique creations.

You will also have the chance to enter the LEGO® Ocean Explorers competition and one lucky winner will be chosen every week to win a National SEA LIFE Annual Pass. Keep an eager eye on the competition as all entrants will be in with a chance of winning the grand prize, a family trip to Florida with entrance and a stay at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.

Marwell Zoo

Visit Marwell Zoo, near Winchester in Hampshire and get closer to the wonders of the natural world. From ring-tailed lemurs to majestic giraffes, and curious meerkats, to stunning snow leopards, the 140-acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species. Explore their newest and biggest ever exhibit – Tropical House: energy for Life – now open! The £8m exhibit spans two levels offering fantastic vantage points across a lush, tropical canopy and the opportunity to experience the captivating life of the forest floor. Share the habitat and enjoy uninterrupted, close-up views of new, colourful and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. What’s more, spend time with Marwell’s playful primates at ‘Lemur Loop’, a new walkthrough exhibit – now open. Explore the environment of different types of lemur whilst learning about the evolution of the species. With a beautiful landscaped setting, both indoors and out, the new lemur exhibit promises a truly immersive experience.

SEA LIFE, Blackpool

SEA LIFE, Blackpool have a range of tours and curriculum enrichment sessions to compliment an educational trip. Showcasing more than 50 dazzling displays and over 2,000 spectacular aquatic creatures including tropical sharks, colourful reef fish, rays and sea horses, it is the perfect way to experience the wonders of underwater life without getting wet. The sister attraction of Sea Life Scarborough has over 1,000 amazing creatures to discover in over 50 incredible displays including entering the amazing lives of Octopus as you learn all about these highly intelligent creatures in their new exhibit Octopus Hideout. They are also home to a colony of cheeky Humboldt penguins.