Animalia

First sight of cheetah cubs

A QUARTET of cheetah cubs has ventured outside for the first time at Longleat Safari Park. The litter, born to mum Wilma and dad Carl, is the largest number of cubs ever raised at Longleat, and one of the biggest litters successfully reared in the UK in recent years. The quartet, which were born in…

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Hallowe’en fun for colobus monkeys

LONGLEAT’s newest arrivals, seven beautiful colobus monkeys, enjoyed some early Hallowe’en treats in the shape of carved pumpkins at their new home on an island in the middle of the lake. Originally from East Africa, the black and white old world monkeys’ diet is exclusively herbivorous; consisting of a mix of fruit, berries, leaves and…

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Jane brings her Otter’s Tale home

JANE Leakey, a familar face on the Somerset theatre scene, brings her Fat Cat Theatre Company to her home county on 27th October. She will be performing the family show An Otter’s Tale at the Blakehay Theatre in Weston super Mare at 3pm. Her “close encounters of the furred kind” show was commissioned by and…

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Longleat launches koala breeding programme

LONGLEAT is spearheading an international breeding and awareness-building programme for Australia’s iconic and increasingly threatened koala. Later this year the Wiltshire estate, which opened the world’s first drive-through safari outside Africa in 1966, will receive a group of up to six southern koalas from Cleland Wildlife Park in Adelaide. After spending time in quarantine the…

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Historic falconry at Corfe Castle

THE spectacular ruins of Corfe Castle provide an atmospheric backdrop for a weekend of historic falconry on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July, when the National Trust  team welcomes falconers who will help visitors to learn more about this ancient sport. Flying displays will transport visitors back to the 17th century when falconry was…

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Keeper rears cheetah cub by hand

AN abandoned cheetah cub is being hand reared by her keeper at Longleat. The female cub, which has been nicknamed Xena after the warrior princess to mark her battling qualities, spent the first 10 days being cared for by her mum Wilma. However she was discovered cold, weak and on her own in mid-April and…

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Baby wallaby is reared in a rucksack

SPRING is in the air for baby Newt, a wallaby who was found abandoned and has been hand-reared in a rucksack at the Longleat Safari Park. Little Newt, who is around 30 weeks old, is cared for by keepers Gemma Short and Jodie Cobb, who take it in turns to carry him around in a…

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Giant predators greet Longleat visitors

VISITORS to Longleat are always keen to see the animals in the Wiltshire estate’s famous safari park, but this year they will find some unexpected giant animals near the Elizabethan stately home. Dozens of giant animatronic predators, including a three-metre tall spitting cobra and a Komodo dragon, have been installed around the main square, as…

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Salisbury Cathedral’s Easter eggs

EASTER Eggs have a different significance at Salisbury Cathedral and are a far cry from the sugary confections that most children imagine. Holy Week and Easter is the period during which the Cathedral peregrines set up their nest and produce their eggs. Once again this year there will be peregrine cameras placed near the nest…

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