After much speculation, Flamingo Land Resort’s latest ride opened just a few weeks ago.
Instantly becoming a real must for extreme ride fans everywhere, Pterodactyl doesn’t just close on its sister tower ride, Cliff Hanger, at a height of 151 feet, but also combines its high altitude thrills with the soaring, swooping motion of Wave Swinger.
Walking around Flamingo Land Zoo it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. An endangered rhino, a critically endangered giraffe, an endangered lemur, an extinct in the wild scimitar-horned oryx and a near threatened penguin. So is there hope? The answer of course is yes!
This week’s news headlines told about the first ever captive UK hatched spoon-billed sandpipers. These birds are critically endangered with only 100 breeding pairs left in the wild, so any new hatchlings are extremely exciting! So what now? With any breeding programme, the ultimate aim is to release animals back into the wild where they belong.
Here in the zoo we work whatever the weather. However, as with most people, we prefer to do so in the sun. Especially as it is summertime...
This week however, we have seen a glimpse of the sunshine we associate with summer. The sun came out, the animals, staff and visitors emerged and smiles were seen all around. Our visitors were also sporting less waterproof ponchos (unless taking part in the Lost River Ride where a poncho is always deemed necessary!)
For us here in the Education Centre there is a change in the air. As the schools break up for their holidays our days are no longer spent with schoolchildren on days out. Workshop materials and zoo trails for all ages are tucked away for the summer. However, things don’t stop there. Here at the zoo we take the school holidays as an opportunity to put on Zoo Academy! This is a fun-filled week where kids aged 8-11 become part of the team. Backstage views of the zoo, up-close encounters with our exotic residents, exploring the wild and the native animals we have, and exhilarating games to fill your senses.