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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:MAY/JUNE


OUR CAFE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


CONSERVATION AT OUR HEART KEEPER NOTES FROM THE WILDLIFE PARK


During the quieter winter months, staff at the Lake District Wildlife Park have been busy with essential maintenance and getting ready for new arrivals.


Flamingos Arrive!


In February this year, 38 Greater Flamingos, Phoenicopterus roseus, were welcomed to the Lake District Wildlife Park. The addition of the flamingos is a part of a wider project in conjunction with the world-renowned Martin Mere Wetland Centre. The aim is to create a new ‘satellite’ breeding group and so spread the national captive flamingo population across different locations in the UK.


Greater Flamingos are well- known for


their pink


colouration. However, what is not so well-known is that a group of


flamingos are Bassenthwaite School children in our adventure playground


We were thrilled to have our brand-new animal-themed outdoor adventure playground opened by the children of Bassenthwaite School. It was fantastic to see them climbing on the giant spider, balancing across the rope bridge to the Osprey’s nest and hiding in the Red Panda house! The other great addition to the Park has been the arrival of some new species. Two African Grey Hornbills joined the aviaries in January and a flock of pink Greater Flamingos have not only added a species of great interest but also a burst of colour to the far end of the Park.


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described as a flamboyance! Flamingos are born grey and


some of these grey youngsters can be seen in our group. As the birds mature and replace their feathers, they slowly turn pink, due to a pigment which is found in their shellfish diet.


A great deal of planning and preparation went into the specially-designed enclosure. The flamingos can be seen standing in their pond preening their feathers or parading around their enclosure. They can be very animated and during breeding displays they will flap their wings, stretch out their long necks and ‘honk’ loudly. Greater Flamingos mate for life and it is


Greater Flamingos


hoped that this group of flamingos will begin to pair up soon. So, if you haven’t been to the Park for a while,e do pop in and see us and you may notice quite a few changes!


Richard Robinson, Park Manager and the Team Find out more at www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.com


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Only


10 minutes drive from


Cockermouth!


NEW! ANIMAL THEMED


ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND


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