In this weeks blog I’ll be informing you all about our Northern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat Phloeomys pallidus, not a common species within animal collections (we are 1 of only 4 collections in the UK to have them). They are also known as the ‘Cloudrunner’ as they mainly live high up in the canopy of trees, which is…

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Glorious Gibbons

So this week I’ll be talking about my favourite group of primates, Gibbons. Not only are they a striking animal to look at but they are also unique amongst other primate groups in their genealogy, social structure and behaviour. All these aspects added together make them my favourite primates to have the privilege of working…

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My blog entry this week is a bit different; I won’t be talking to you about carnivores! I recently got back from a 2-week trip to Egypt. A lot of people hear “Egypt”, they think Pyramids and I can understand why. I, however, went for the sea. I was already a PADI Open Water Scuba…

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WINGHAM WILDLIFE PARK JOINS THE THRIVING TOGETHER CAMPAIGN TO HIGHLIGHT THE WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT YET IGNORED ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION The Thriving Together campaign recognizes that family planning is critically important not only for women and girls but also for the environment Today, Wingham Wildlife Park joins over 150 other leading environmental and reproductive health organizations to…

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My blog this week is in celebration of World Chimpanzee Day which is on the 14th July (this also happens to be Fritz’s birthday so it’s a double celebration). So why is World Chimpanzee Day held on this date? The 14th July, 1960 is the date a young woman called Jane Goodall first stepped foot…

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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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Happy World Oceans Day! Today is a day to honour and celebrate our incredible oceans. Oceans are teeming with life from microscopic algae to the largest animal to ever live- the blue whale. Not to mention an array of wonderful habitats and resources (including renewable energy sources) and there is still so much to discover…

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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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Peppa Pig? Pumba the warthog? Babe the sheep pig? No, its Maximus and Achilles our Visayan Warty Pigs ​(Sus cebifrons). ​On the mammals section we can boast having two of these magnificent creatures and they aren’t just any old porkers, they are an extremely rare species of warty pig with rock-star hair. Critically Endangered Pigs?…

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