Similarly to the elephants, the cheetahs’ new habitat has been designed to be as close to their natural environment as possible and includes a large outdoor space, with pools, high vantage points, enrichment feeders and natural shelters. The meerkats weren’t the only animals benefitting from some seasonal enrichment, as the Park’s pair of Sumatran tigers, Hujan and Nakal, also enjoyed discovering the new smells and textures of their Christmas trees, with the added bonus of finding meat amongst the branches. West Midland Safari Park will be hosting a special fundraising week during May half term, dedicated to the conservation of endangered rhinos. Admission and ride wristbands are NOT included with the Minibus Tours and will need to be purchased separately. Two more lodges will offer incredible views of our majestic cheetahs. Our Safari Tours are undertaken in our Safari Minibuses and you may be seated next to other guests outside of your family group for the duration of the Tour. We will provide a bouquet of flowers and champagne to celebrate. “2020 also sees the addition of the Park’s very first pumpkin patch installation, which will likely become an iconic photo point this Halloween for guests. Guests can learn more about the amazing sea lions in the daily shows, alongside other encounters such as penguin, hippo and meerkat feeds, friendly animal encounters, lemur talks and discover reptiles talks. Animal keepers at West Midland Safari Park have had a busy start to the year by undertaking the annual animal stock take. To register for this event, prospective employees need to do so on the Park’s website, where they can also find out more information about the day: www.wmsp.co.uk/careers. Since 15 June the Park has only been partially open, allowing guests to visit the four-mile safari drive-through. Your VIP guide will give you a tour behind the scenes. The following discounts are included with the Annual Pass: 20% off in our Retail Shops (Lost City Plaza, Polar Trading, African Queen). It’s clear to see already that he will have a lasting impact on West Midland Safari Park, in supporting their efforts in raising awareness of the vital preservation of this fantastic species. On selected dates from 16 November, the Park will be hosting its annual Santa Safari event, where guests can meet the big man himself and his jolly elf helpers. We wanted to do something special for his fifth birthday, as the number five is very significant to Sutton in particular – not only is his mum called ‘Five’, he was also born on the fifth day of the fifth month (5th May) at 5:30pm! Cathy has set up a fundraising page so people can easily make donations to support her challenge. Please remain in your vehicle and you will be greeted by your Safari Guide. The two litters of cubs were born to ten-year-old female Scar (mother to Hunter, Hercules, and Hernatty) and seven-year-old female Amber (mother to Harabi, Hodge, Havoc and Hira), within three weeks of each other and are all half brothers and sisters. HR Manager, Charlotte Stokes, said, “Our recruitment days have been very successful in the past, as it allows candidates to explore a range of different roles and meet existing members of staff to help find their perfect fit. Meeting, feeding and looking after our sea lions and penguins, Ride wristbands to use in the Adventure Theme Park. The Park is home to five different species of carnivore and there is an enrichment programme tailor made for each group’s different behaviours and interests. Cathy and her colleagues are lucky enough to see rhinos almost every day, from their classroom windows, as the Park has a ‘crash’ of eight southern white rhinos and three Indian rhinos. Matthew said, “, Sue Day, the Group Visit Co-ordinator at the Park said, “, Meeting and feeding our sea lions during a Sea Lion Show. Humboldt penguins are ‘endangered’ in the wild so keepers at WMSP were over the moon when the three chicks hatched.”, She continued, “These three penguins are very playful, so as well as some tasty fish, Santa has left the keepers with some early Christmas presents, in the form of enrichment for the penguins to play with. You will also get the opportunity to feed one of our tigers. 4 Eight new safari â¦ This fantastic experience will enable you to meet, feed and generally care for our starts in the African Village, an unforgettable close encounter with these friendly little creatures. Don’t forget to tick the boxes on your Free Return Ticket to hear more from us by post and email in order to receive our biggest discounts! “Conservation is at the forefront of our minds when designing and building the lodges, so as part of this project, our net biodiversity gain will increase by 30%, creating more habitats such as woodlands and wildflower meadows, encouraging native wildlife. They will also be able to take part in an interactive Eggsplorer’s Trail, where they will have to find the missing eggs hidden around the Park, to be rewarded with a chocolate treat. The penguins can be seen in Penguin Cove, which along with the four-mile safari, walk-through attractions and Boj’s Giggly Park playground, is included in admission to Santa Safari. Chris said, “I am delighted to be joining the team at West Midland Safari Park, at such an exciting time. Everyone who cares about wildlife wants to stop the cruelty to animals and the threats to the species. To make a donation, please visit: All the funds raised from Cathy’s half-marathon run will go directly to SRI, which will support the fight against poaching and habitat loss across 25 field programmes in 12 countries. Suitable for children between the ages of 12-15 years. Brave guests will also be able to experience the Adventure Theme Park and Land of the Living Dinosaurs in the dark! Arrive at the Park before 11.30am (Admission tickets will need to be purchased separately). The new arrival is not currently available for viewing, but he will eventually join his family at the Wild Asia section of the reserve where guests will be able to spot him roaming the plains and having lots of fun, likely covered in mud! This is suitable for children between the ages of 12-15 years. Keepers agreed and prepared a huge triple-tiered, elephant-friendly cake, which the children then decorated. What time do the rides open? “The trees provided our meerkats with lots of new textures and smells, plus also acted as an exciting new climbing frame to carry out sentry duty (when they climb somewhere high to look out for danger). Please remain in your vehicle and your Safari Guide will greet you. Book exclusive use of the whole jeep for only £925.00. After a gestation period of around four months, ten-year-old Scar gave birth to three cubs on 27 August 2019, with the second litter of four cubs following three weeks later on 17 September 2019, for seven-year-old Amber. Meeting and feeding our lions with a visit to their state-of-the-art house, Pictures from your day on a memory stick, taken by your guide, A Free Return Ticket, allowing you to visit the Park again any time before the end of the current season, This Experience is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 18, Children aged 6-15 years must be accompanied by a full paying adult. Please remain in your vehicle and your Safari Guide will meet you. Over the coming year, guests will be able to see the cubs on Safari as they continue to grow and thrive as part of the park’s ‘fearsome’ African lion pride. We hope that Ekozu will be a hit with the female rhinos and will eventually sire his own family.”. The Park supports elephant charities and projects such as ‘Tusk’ and the ‘Mali Elephant Project’ by fundraising for them during conservation weeks and talks. At the last count, just over 20,000 wild southern white rhinos remained in South Africa, with 769 killed in 2018. Our two exquisite, five-star cheetah lodges offer an exclusive and immersive stay, which cannot be experienced anywhere else in the UK. The calf is currently un-named, but the Park can reveal it will begin with the letter ‘I’ mirroring the naming of all other animals born on-site in 2020. The Easter treats were then used as enrichment for the Park’s cheetahs and Sumatran tigers. Even though the gender of the baby is yet to be discovered, all animals born at the Park during 2019 have to begin with ‘H’, so keepers are already thinking of names beginning with this letter. He continued, “Both mums gave birth to their litters with no struggles and have proven to be excellent mothers. Minimum age for participants is 6 years. After this, you are now free to spend the rest of the day at your leisure in the Safari Drive-through, Discovery Trail, and African Village. African elephants are classed as ‘vulnerable’ by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), due to threats such as poaching, habitat loss, illegal hunting and human-elephant conflict. Although a bit hesitant at first, within no time, they were chasing each other around, playing with anything they could get their paws on and attempting to climb ‘lion rock’, the large, sculpted vantage point in the centre of their habitat. Families from around the county enjoyed a special day out at West Midland Safari Park thanks to an initiative launched by the Worcestershire Ambassadors. Not only can guests see our incredible animals out on Safari enjoying the Halloween season including our new Indian rhino calf, they can also meet our favourite family of witches and wizards, The Grimleys, who have taken over the Discovery Trail. You will be introduced to the audience as a VIP keeper. Additionally, there is a veranda, offering comfortable seating and spectacular views. Children will get a memento of their day by having a picture of themselves with Santa to take home and they’ll be able to choose their very own present in the elves’ workshop. If successful, candidates will benefit from complimentary tickets to the Park, discounted tickets to events and 35% discount in selected outlets around the site. “All indoor areas, apart from the Safari Shop, will be closed andÂ all visits Â must be pre-booked in advance.”. Upstairs will be a bedroom, offering spectacular views across the brand-new elephant habitats. £155.00 per person (aged between 12-15 years). For example, the African wild dogs love anything they can destroy as a team, whereas just like a domestic cat, the lions cannot resist a cardboard box (albeit a very large one!). You will get to go up onto the beach to meet the penguins and learn lots of interesting facts about them as well as feeding them some fishy treats. Douglas (the pups’ dad) on the other hand is very overprotective and seems to keep watch over them more than mum. The authentically-themed, detached lodges offer a large living space for up to six people, with dining area, bathroom and WC. This Experience is only available on Thursdays and Sundays during our Summer Season. This is the sixth time since 2011 that the Park has won the award and is highly coveted, as is voted for by visitors and recognises the best suppliers to the group travel industry. Now the cubs have been introduced to the rest of the pride, they stay together as a group overnight and keepers often find the cubs snuggled up to a different ‘auntie’ or ‘uncle’ in the mornings. The heartbreaking reality is that lemurs are one of the most threatened mammal groups, with wild ring-tailed lemurs being listed as ‘endangered’ by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). You will also have a private tour of the state-of-the-art Lion House. This year keepers have gone for a food theme and have lovingly named the chicks ‘Hotdog’ and ‘Haggis’. Adventure Theme Park rides are charged extra. After much deliberation, Keepers narrowed it down to two suggestions that would then be shared with Seto for her final decision. The Annual Pass does not cover the holder for entry into the Fireworks Festival. Head of the Discovery Trail, Amy Sewell, said, “This Christmas is very exciting for our colony of Humboldt penguins at WMSP, as it will be three of our penguins’ first ever Christmas. Hartley brings the number of pancake tortoises at the Park to five. You will often see them cooling off or having a splash, especially over the summer in the warm weather.”, He continued, “During our extended hours of opening for Summer Nights, we provide daily enrichment that helps stimulate the cats for longer. In March 2016, the Park celebrated their first white rhino birth for ten years. In the wild, Humboldt penguins inhabit the coasts of Peru and Chile and dig burrows into the sand or find small caves and crevices in which to lay their eggs. To celebrate the occasion, keepers created a range of giant eye-catching, animal themed gift boxes, which were filled with tasty treats and placed inside the lion reserve. The Annual Pass is valid for use on any day when the Park is open to the public, including Bank Holidays. Children aged 12-15 years must be accompanied by an adult to watch from the path. The children had clearly worked very hard to come up with ideas for the birthday party and we loved seeing them in their elephant party hats, having just as much fun decorating the cake as Sutton did eating it.”. Dholes are classed as ‘endangered’ by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), due to threats such as habitat loss, depletion of prey and persecution, stemming from retaliatory killings due to livestock predation. “As I continued my studies with an Animal and Biological Sciences degree, I revisited South Africa and developed an aspiration to become a Zoo Education Officer. Your Safari Guide will take photographs throughout the experience, which we will put on a memory stick for you to take home. The pups are lucky enough to have lots of ‘aunties and uncles’ who bring them food, play with them and look after them. They’ll spend the morning experiencing the life of a Keeper and the duties this entails! Love from the children at Newhope xx” making the event extra special. Two fluffy, grey Humboldt penguin chicks have started to emerge from their nests and are beginning to explore their new home, under the watchful eyes of their parents – pairs Elm and Elder and Ash and Juniper. Deputy Head Keeper of Ungulates, Shelley Tudor, said “We are so happy that Seto was able to choose the name for her calf. West Midland Safari Park in Bewdley will open for drive-through visitors from Monday (June 15) but its walk-through areas â park rides including the Adventure Theme Park and Boj Giggly Park â¦ As both Scar and Amber are first-time mums, we wanted to disturb them as little as possible, so this has meant keeping them away from the rest of the pride in a special area of our lion house. The long-tailed chinchilla youngsters, known as ‘kits’ were born to first-time parents, Gladys and Julian, who can normally be seen in the Park’s Friendly Animal Encounters and Safari Academy classroom sessions. Panoramic views of the cheetahs’ new habitat can be witnessed through the large windows that span one side of the lodge. The cheetahs are quite naturally cautious, so Cody and Epezi approached the eggs warily, before nudging them aside to find the meat. However, at this time of year the Park has been themed with over 600 pumpkins, so the keepers often swap these with the animals’ normal vegetables.”, He continued, “Being herbivores, a hippo’s diet consists of plants, grass and vegetables, so having pumpkins is a perfect seasonal treat for them. This is a marvellous opportunity to visit West Midland Safari Park during the long school holidays, when visitors will have the chance to go on an amazing four-mile safari up to 7pm and see some brilliant animals, from cheetahs to tigers and baby elephants to giraffes! This fantastic experience will get you to get up close with our Humboldt penguins and Californian sea lions. This will be applied to all customer contact surfaces, including the rides. The EEP aims to safeguard the future of a species vulnerable to the continued threat of poaching and habitat loss. 2.30pm – The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish. 8.30am – Arrive at WMSP main drive and pull over on the left-hand side. During the event they can see the hippos and take part in their daily feeds. Every creature has to be counted, from the crash of huge white rhinos, down to the colony of tiny leaf cutter ants. Please note that timings are subject to change. “Food is always very successful and can be used to encourage natural behaviours such as hunting. Guests are also encouraged to attend in Halloween fancy dress to join in with the frightful fun. Beginning on 19 October, the two-week long festival includes ‘Potion Quest’, a brand-new interactive trail where children must help Wilbert the Wizard with a spell to reunite his family. Worcestershire waits for government tier review announcement later today – Worcester News, Blackburn with Darwen health boss: Have you got Long Covid? This can be earlier during special events. I’m hoping that this physical challenge will help fundraise for a very worthy charity, whilst raising awareness about these magnificent animals!”. Rhino Week will run from 25 May to 2 June and guests will be able to take part in a whole host of fun activities, whilst learning some interesting rhino facts and helping to raise funds for Save the Rhino International (SRI). Tickets are currently available for these dates, and more will be released over the next week.Â, “We plan to reopen the walk-through areas on selected dates from 12th December. We hope this represents the start of an exciting new future at West Midland Safari Park.”. Carnivore Keeper, Kasha Carter, said, “Enrichment is really important for all of our carnivores and we have a varied enrichment programme, which we implement daily. Please note that timings are subject to change. The miniscule youngster who hatched from its egg on the afternoon of 10 July, is about the size of a bottle-top, which is what is currently being reused as a water bowl for the tiny hatchling. Children aged 12-15 years must be accompanied by an adult to watch from the path.). Sponsored by Wildlife Vets International, the annual competition welcomes an array of striking photography submissions, highlighting just some of the 2,000 plus species that are cared for in British and Irish zoos and aquariums, as well as the global conservation work they support. The seven cubs, named Hunter, Hercules, Hernatty, Harabi, Hodge, Havoc and Hira, bring the total number of African lions at the Safari Park to 18. In the separate bedroom, guests will find a king-size bed with twin single bunkbeds above, perfect for young adults or children. Head Keeper of Carnivores, Chris Hodgkins, said, “We are so excited to share our news about our latest arrivals. The pups had their first day out on the Safari this week and Douglas was always nearby. Summer is usually a very busy time for the Midlands attraction, but the Park is limiting visitor numbers, meaning that all guests will have to in advance, via the Park’s website: www.wmsp.co.uk, where they can also find information on the new safety measures. West Midland Safari Park, Bewdley: Hours, Address, West Midland Safari Park Reviews: 4/5 11.00am – You are now free to spend the rest of the day at your leisure in the Safari Drive-through, Discovery Trail, and African Village. 2.00pm – Lunch in Dino Diner with one of our keepers. Photos will be taken during this time. Everyone involved in supporting Kate during the programme are delighted to recognise her for this achievement. Guests can sign-up for news, development updates and booking information, by visiting www.safari-lodges.co.uk. Mum Berri has done a great job and is a really relaxed parent, taking it all in her stride. If you are arriving on foot, please make your way to main Reception instead. Read more about our Christmas Festivities – Click Here. Additional to all of the Explorers Week activities, the Adventure Theme Park will be open again, where guests can enjoy a number of rides; from plummeting 30ft to the ground on Venom Tower Drop, to a leisurely ride on the Congo Carousel. You can use your VIP Wristband for unlimited rides in the Adventure Theme Park, wander through the Discovery Trail or take a tour around the Safari Drive-through. She continued, “We loved watching the big cats with their Easter treats and it was really interesting to see how the different species reacted to them. They will then escort you to the main car park before embarking in our VIP Safari Jeep. The castle, which is in Tier 3, has announced it will reopen the outdoor grounds to guests but it urges people to follow Government guidance. Summer is usually a very busy time for the Midlands attraction, but the Park is limiting visitor numbers, meaning that all guests will have to in advance, via the Park’s website: Guests can sign-up for news, development updates and booking information, by visiting. As the children are all aged five themselves, they knew exactly what a young elephant turning the same age would like and suggested that no party is complete without a cake. We hope that many of them will go on to make valuable contributions in the industry or pursue their goals of moving on to university.”. Timings may be earlier during the school holidays. Two of the five species of rhino – Javan and Sumatran rhino, have wild populations with fewer than 80 individuals. Our teams have been working incredibly hard to prepare all areas of the Park, ensuring our guests have a safe and enjoyable visit. The Worcestershire Ambassadors are a group of individuals who share a common passion for Worcestershire and an enthusiasm to create a county to be proud of. You will join the keeper to help present the talk by giving the lemurs a snack for their lunch. From February half term (15 February 2020), guests will be able to get their first glimpses of the fearsome felines, on the drive-through safari. Those who post their attempts on the Park’s Facebook page, will be in with the chance of winning a Family Annual Pass to the Safari Park. It doesn’t give any specific guidance about people from other areas travelling to the attraction. The full report from SRI can be found here: https://www.savetherhino.org/impact/working-together-to-save-rhinos/. Take the A456 to Bewdley. The popular attraction near Tamworth remains closed. The experience gives you the chance to meet and participate in the feeding of our lemurs at 12pm in the Lemur Woods. The attraction, in Tier 3, doesn’t offer any Covid guidance. Head Keeper of the Discovery Trail, Amy Sewell, said, “We have a colony of 19 adult Humboldt penguins at West Midland Safari Park, which are involved in a European Breeding Programme. No queues and lots of rides meant good value, even in the cold. “Integrated into the new exhibits will be luxury, exclusive lodges, designed to give the occupants an up-close and personal overnight wildlife experience like no other. Keepers filled the eggs with bits of meat and placed them in the big cats’ enclosures, ready for their very own Easter egg hunt! You will help the Keepers let the lions out into the Lion Reserve. Arriving on Tuesday 8th September at 2:29pm, the male calf. Do rides still operate if itâs raining? Head Keeper of the Discovery Trail, Amy Sewell, said, “Finding the cute new baby was a huge surprise for our keepers! 10.30am – Time for a refreshment in Dino Diner. We left them alone for the first few days, checking on them occasionally from a distance to make sure they were moving around and feeding well. 9.15am – Arrive at WMSP and pull over on the left-hand side of the main drive. Summer Nights runs from 1 August – 1 September and guests will have more time to discover all the Park has to offer, including the four-mile, drive-through safari, walk-through attractions, Adventure Theme Park and animal encounters. The cat’s out of the bag at West Midland Safari Park as keepers announce the exciting arrival of two litters of incredibly cute African lion cubs. “The new facilities for our African elephants have been designed to include outdoor pools, enrichment areas such as mud wallows, dust baths and multiple feeding areas, plus it gives them the opportunity for 24-hour roaming. Children aged 6-15 years must be accompanied by a full paying adult). In addition to the new animal facilities, integrated into the new exhibits will be eight exclusive, luxury lodges, introducing the opportunity for guests to stay overnight, giving them an up-close and personal wildlife experience like no other. ), Meeting and feeding our lemurs in Lemur Woods. The douroucouli can be seen in the Twilight Cave in the Discovery Trail, which is included in the group admission charge of £11.00 for adults, £10.00 for children aged 3-15 and £10.50 for concessions based on ten or more paying passengers arriving by coach or mini bus.. Children under the age of 3 are free. There will be some extra heads to count this year too, following the success of animal births in 2018. During Summer Nights, the Park will be open from 9:30am – 7:30pm. Please be aware that during the holidays and summer months, it can take longer to get through the front gates. Children aged 6-15 years must be accompanied by a full paying adult). You can use your ride wristband for unlimited rides in the Adventure Theme Park or take a tour around the Safari in your own car. You will see the lions in their outdoor compound and have an opportunity to feed them. All the funds raised from Cathy’s half-marathon run will go directly to SRI, which will support the fight against poaching and habitat loss across 25 field programmes in 12 countries. The egg was very different from anything they have ever had before. The Park’s Education team currently run three accredited courses, from levels one to three, in their Safari Academy – a state-of-the-art, purpose-built education centre, which opened in May 2017. A bathroom with WC and a large balcony, incorporating an outside seating area, complete the downstairs living space of each lodge. Your Safari Guide will take photographs, which we will put on a memory stick for you to take home. After holding this species of rhino for over ten years, this is our first calf to be born at the Park.”, “We acquired Seto and Rap as youngsters and have been able to watch them grow and mature over time; which makes it even more momentous to see them produce their own calf. Therefore, to save the pumpkins going to waste, the keepers often swap the cabbage for the spooky squashes, which also forms part of the hippos’ daily enrichment programme, aiming to encourage natural behaviours. Guests can book online in advance for Spooky Spectacular for savings of up to 30%. In the evenings, he will lay under a hay rack whilst she eats so he can have a snooze with her watching over him. Head Keeper of Carnivores, Chris Hodgkins, said, “When we introduced the cubs to the rest of the pride, they were very inquisitive and not scared at all. Whilst the attraction has been closed, the Park’s wildlife team have continued to work hard, ensuring all of their residents are well cared for, as well as some additional tasks involving the important white rhino breeding programme. 2.30pm – The rest of the day is yours to explore as you wish. You will then embark into our specially-designed lion-feeding cage for the experience of a lifetime. After much deliberation, Keepers narrowed it down to two suggestions that would the. Once numbers are down this low a single disease outbreak could result in extinction. 11.00am – Time for a quick break for a well-deserved cup of tea! The rest of the day is yours to explore as you wish. The Staffordshire attraction comes under Tier 3. I hope that through my photography and creative work I can help to raise awareness for the conservation of threatened species in the wild.”. Admission includes a Free Return Ticket. 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