Animalia

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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A dog’s tale from Tall Tree

A LOST dog in a Wiltshire village inspired Tall Tree Theatre to create Shackleton, a delightful new play about a dog who wants more adventure in his life. The show is touring the region, with dates at Corsham, with Wiltshire’s Rural Arts Touring scheme, and Dorset with Artsreach, ending at Poole Lighthouse on 28th October….

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Choose the best food for your birds

THE Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) will be at Knoll Gardens, Wimborne, on 22nd September to advise on choosing the best sort of food and feeders for garden birds. More than half of adults in the UK feed birds in their garden but with an increasingly bewildering array of seed mixes and…

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Aardvarks make short work of sand castle

IT took hours to create, but a pair of overly-enthusiastic aardvarks demolished an ornate sandcastle sculpture within seconds at Longleat. Sisters Frankie and Nacho, who arrived at the safari park from a zoo in Spain earlier this year, have been keeping keepers busy by excavating huge amounts of sand from their new enclosure. On numerous…

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