Hi! For those that don’t yet know me, my name is Ellie Gilbey, junior journalist for Wingham Wildlife park and this is my first blog of a series of experiences at Wingham. Right from my entrance to the park, I found a variety of different species that instantly grabbed my attention as I was pleasantly…

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With record breaking temperatures last week some of you may be wondering how we help to keep our animals comfortable during the summer. Well, keeping cool can be a lot of fun and our keepers use a variety of methods to make sure our animals don’t get hot and bothered. With animals native to locations…

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In this weeks blog it gives me great pleasure to talk to you about the colony of Egyptian Fruitbats (Rousettus aegyptiacus)  here at the park and compare them to the ones we might find in our own back gardens. For me bats are such an underrated species but are so important to have in the…

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What is your favourite bird? I’ve found that I’m especially drawn to birds with blue colouration such as Kingfishers, Hyacinth Macaws and even the Kestrel with the subtle blue head and tail of the males. But I’ve learned that everyone admires birds differently, most because of their gorgeous colours, but often because of some species’…

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As an animal lover you probably already know about the unique black and white Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), it has captured the hearts of many worldwide, but what about an equally adorable and closely named species the Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens)? The better known Giant Panda gets a lot of media attention and is the…

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International Macaque Week

Macaque Madness!!! So here at Wingham Wildlife Park we just celebrated International Macaque week (5th-11th May). This is an annual event to raise awareness about a much neglected group of primates. Not only do we celebrate this event to highlight the diverse range of species of macaques, but also what threats they face in the…

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Enrichment

You may have heard zoos talking about enrichment for their animals but what does it mean? Enrichment is providing animals with different things to improve their environment based around their natural instincts and behaviours. As zoo keepers we want to stimulate the animals to get them to think about and enjoy their environment. We want…

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