When visitors come to Wingham Wildlife Park they can fully expect to receive a warm welcome from all of the staff and resident animals living at the park. The staff are trained and treated in a manner which nurtures a family business atmosphere, keeping it personal and inviting for employees and visitors alike.
Whilst they are here they can enjoy a unique hands on experience, feeding the various species of free roaming birds such as peafowl, ducks, geese and chickens. Furthermore, visitors can get up close and personal with more animals in our well-known educational, hands on animal encounter talks. These mean visitors can expect to meet and handle a selection of reptiles & invertebrates.
Finally, the hands on approach which we pride ourselves so much on at this park continues with our numerous walk through enclosures where visitors can get close to beautiful animals like wallabies, deer, flamingos and lemurs without the obstruction of bars, giving them an experience which brings them closer to nature.
It is the mission of this park to bring nature up close and personal to the public to allow them to much better appreciate these animals, some of which are fast disappearing. As any wildlife park should, we are focusing on captive breeding of our animals to conserve their status in captivity to allow us to help these species in the long run. However, with the majority of our visitors being children or coming with children, it is our premiere aim to educate which we are doing by constantly improving our educational tools around the park and adding more and more things to keep young minds occupied.
We firmly believe that environmental education is one of the major keys to successful conservation, to paraphrase Nelson Mandella, “Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world” … Especially when this is tied together with true emotional bonds between the visitors and the animals which they can feel such an affinity with, here at Wingham Wildlife Park through experiencing these animals first hand. As Albert Einstein once said, “the only source of knowledge is experience.”
“Tell me, I’ll forget.
Show me, I may remember.
But involve me and I’ll understand.”
We are that place to get involved and build and understanding of what our role on this planet is! Whether nature is experiencing problems in our back garden or the middle of the Amazon, our actions reverberate around the globe – we have a unique ability to here to make people aware of this, and most importantly to take an interest and care about this!