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FURRY FRIENDS AND FAMILY FUN KEEPER NOTES FROM THE WILDLIFE PARK
Goodness is it really autumn already?
The Lake District Wildlife Park has enjoyed a bumper summer season,
the hatching out of our new generation of rare caracara chicks following collaboration with the Cotswold Falconry Centre, to a huge range of
well-attended fun activities including Lemurs and Pirates of Madagascar, Big Bug Bonanza and much more.
The summer culminated with International Red Panda Day (IRPD) on 16th September when we were joined with 100,000 visitors at more than sixty zoos worldwide, helping to create as many Red Panda Rangers as possible in a single day.
Visiting the Wildlife Park is the Toy red pandas in their ‘habitat’
perfect way to spend a day together as a family. Grandparents, parents, cousins and siblings can all find something to enjoy with us here. We have been very aware of this ‘coming together of generations’ here over the summer.
One of my favourite things to do as a family has always been to visit zoos and wildlife parks. I loved witnessing the wonder and amazement in my son’s eyes as he saw an animal for the first time - his little face lighting up and his smile coming alive as he pointed to each animal in excitement.
While having a fun day exploring,
develop valuable skills and obtain priceless knowledge. A day here at the wildlife park also encourages a healthy lifestyle while bringing family
together. It is the perfect day trip destination for any season!
Restful panda following a busy International Red Panda Day!
So, this October, inspired by the charity Barnardo’s new venture ‘Grandtots’, we are joining Age Concern in marking
Smokey the Dragon
A SHORT STORY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN BY CHRIS BOWER©2017 PART ONE – Smokey is Unhappy
A long time ago, there are lots of dragons. One of these dragons is Smokey who lives in a cave on a hill near to a village. He is a very handsome dragon and just as you imagine dragons to be – with a long nose and tail, scales for his skin and a line of ridges on his back. However, everyone and everything is frightened of Smokey. This is because he is very big and because flames and smoke come out of his mouth and nose. Smokey looks so frightening that everyone runs away when Smokey comes.
This upsets Smokey because he is really a very kind dragon and he just wants to have friends: someone he can talk to and play games with but if everyone runs away and shuts their doors when Smokey comes, what can he do?
He tries to talk to a robin but flames come out of his mouth and scorch the robin’s breast turning it bright red.
He tries to talk to some poppies but flames shoot out of his mouth and turn the poppies bright red.
He is very excited when he sees a squirrel but when he starts to talk to the squirrel, flames shoot out of this mouth and turn the squirrel red.
He meets a fox. The fox turns to run just as Smokey begins to speak so that the front of the fox stays
white but the back is turned red by Smokey’s flames.
Poor Smokey! He just wants to have friends but nobody will talk to him.
There is a wood on the hill, where Smokey lives in his cave and in this wood lives a wise old owl called Twowit. He is called Twowit because he is twice as clever as anyone else. From the hole in the tree where he lives, he sees how unhappy Smokey is and has a plan to help him. Twowit flies down and lands on Smokey’s head. He is safe there because all Smokey’s smoke and flames shoot forward.
He says into Smokey’s ear...
What did he say and can he help poor Smokey? See next month’s edition of The Cockermouth Post.
Leaf Picture Frame AND NOW FOR
SOMETHING TO DO... Make a
For this you will need: A picture (one you have drawn yourself or cut from a magazine)
Autumn leaves Glue
Collect some fallen leaves. Interesting shapes and lovely colours are best.
Arrange them around your picture and stick them on. You have now made an interesting frame for your picture. Try to match the leaf colours and shapes to make the most of your picture. You could add some seeds from the trees, like sycamore propellers, to add extra interest.
Hint. If you stick your picture on to cardboard, this will make it more stiff and then you could put it up on your bedroom wall.
Have fun! 21 SEPTEMBER 2017 ISSUE 418 PAGE 40
Richard Robinson, Park Manager and the Team Find out more at www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.com
017687 76239 Bamboo trek desk from interactive display
Grandparents Day on Sunday 1st October.
Whether its nana and pop,
grandpa or granny and gramps - grandparents will
admission to the Wildlife Park when accompanied by at least one adorable grandchild on Sunday 1st October!
Grandad and tots meeting bugs with zoo keeper Kasper
© SUSAN FLEMING
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