It has been a double birthday for our cute and popular red pandas here at the zoo this week. Tai Jang our female turned 6 on the 12th of June whilst our male Bai Jiao also became 6 on the 14th of June! They received their favourite ‘panda cake’ which consists of a variety of nutrients including protein, essential vitamins, minerals and high fibre. However bamboo, fruits, pellets and other leaves make up a majority of their diet. Their cake this year was in the shape of a red panda.
Friday the 8th of June was World Ocean Day, an arbitrary date chosen to remind us of the importance of these vast, unexplored bodies of water. The world’s oceans cover around 71% of the earth’s surface and scientists believe that they are home to over a millions species of plant and animals, many of which are still waiting to be discovered. However, it is likely that some may never be found. One thing that scientists can agree on is that the number of species is getting smaller. Many are becoming extinct!
Fancy being a nature detective over the summer? Head on down to Flamingo Land Resort where you can take the steps to become a fully fledged nature explorer! This week we are are launching our Nature Explorer Passports. These are available from the education centre, reception and most onsite shops. The passports are being launched as part of ‘Love Your Zoo Week’. This annual event is coordinated by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA) and encourages UK zoos to carry out events and activities to showcase the fantastic work they do.