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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:FEBRUARY/MARCH


All you’ll ever need for your home and garden!


Listers Studio occupies the 11,000 sq ft mezzanine floor with beautifully displayed furniture for all tastes and budgets.


New ranges of living room, dining room and bedroom furniture are on show along with furnishings for every room in the home including carpets, curtains and rugs.


Downstairs has a well designed area of giftware, soft furnishings and lighting, which incorporates all the latest fashions, colours and trends.


A new bathroom showroom has been developed with a choice of either, the latest state of the art or traditional designs available to choose from.


A shopping experience not to be missed!


Low Road, Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 OHH 01900 827282


Complement your kitchen or bathroom with an even wider range of accessories from the biggest and best brand names.


Why not transform your garden with a selection of our wide range of plants and a set of new garden furniture?


The Lakes Home Centre still offers an extensive range of DIY and gardening products.


Complete your shopping experience and relax in our fully air condioned tea room with homemade fayre and a warm Cumbrian welcome.


The Lakes Home Centre truly is a shopping experience not to be missed!


MEET THE TEAM THAT MAKE THE LAKE DISTRICT WILDLIFE PARK EXTRA SPECIAL KEEPER NOTES FROM THE WILDLIFE PARK


Richard


If you have visited the park or planning to, you will know that the Lake District Wildlife Park is home to over a hundred species of rare and endangered animals, birds of prey and reptiles from all around the world. All these fascinating creatures have varied and individual requirements, to ensure they thrive, from stimulating habitats, to special diets. I would like to introduce


to you the special people that make this happen. Why not say hello to the team on your next visit... they don’t bite!


Name: Lauren Pickthall Position: Carnivore Keeper


I am told on a daily basis by people, about how I have the best job in the world, spending my time with the adorable animals. What people don’t seem to realise is how much time I actually spend cleaning up poop. My daily routine is; diet preparations, cleaning, feeding the animals, cleaning, keeper talks, cleaning, enrichment, cleaning, training and cleaning. Honestly, no one ever warns you of how much poop is involved.


I have always loved being around animals, so when I was a teenager I started volunteering at the wildlife park. The very first animal I met was muffin the Brazilian Tapir who followed me around the enclosure the whole time I was cleaning, in desperate need for chin scratches. After a few weeks of being at the park, I realised that this was


WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK Lauren and Muffin the Brazilian Tapir


After 2 years of working with various different species of animals within the park, I took on the role of carnivore keeper. This role allowed me to build close bonds with the animals I now spent every day with. The two Eurasian Lynx, nicknamed as the invisible cat for their shyness, greet me at the gate every morning with purrs and chuffs in excitement for their training session. The otters soon became my favourite animals at the park, with their playful mischievous nature and high-pitched shouting whenever I dared to walk past without feeding them.


what I wanted to do as a career, so when I finished my A Levels I went on to complete a BSc Hons in animal care at Glyndwr University. Once I had graduated, I was offered a place as a seasonal cover keeper at the wildlife park and after a summer, they decided to keep me on full-time.


Amber and Sacre the Asian short clawed otters


Now, 8 years since I first volunteered at the park, I find myself agreeing with people when they tell me I have the best job in the world... poop and all!


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


24th March-14th April: Easter fun and cuddles 26th May-2nd June: BIZAZA Love your Zoo 18th -24th June: National Insect Week 21st July -17th August: Mad about Lemures 20th August-16th September: Red Panda Rangers


13th October-28th October: A Celebration of Cumbria Wildlife


Richard Robinson, Park Manager and the Team To find out more visit www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.com


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