This week at the zoo, some of smaller and well disguised animals have been increasing their numbers, and in a big way! Our giant thorny stick insects, which are within our Education Centre, have had many of their eggs hatch into nymph. With numbers already at thirty, this could double by next week!
At Flamingo Land we have a pride of nine African lions. As they are carnivores they receive a meaty feast usually two or three times a week. By gorging on a large amount of food it results in them not needing to eat again for a few days. This is how they would naturally feed in the wild, therefore we are trying to replicate their natural behaviour as closely as we can. However, it is discouraged to feed carnivores live prey within UK zoos, therefore we are unable to provide them with the ability to hunt like they would in the wild.
Recently at Flamingo Land we have had 4 scimitar-horned oryx calves born which means excellent news for the conservation of this species as they have been declared extinct in the wild since 1999.