New Baby Penguin At Flamingoland

New Baby Penguin At Flamingoland

Zoo keepers were delighted to welcome the first of several chicks recently to the Flamingo Land family and the task of taking care of them, alongside their penguin parents, will begin until the chicks are fully fledged.

“We keep a close eye on our penguin chicks to ensure they are gaining weight and growing as we would expect,” said Ross Snipp Zoo Manager Flamingo Land Yorkshire. “Each day the chicks are weighed and their growth and vital statistics plotted to ensure they flourish.”

Humboldt penguins, which are categorised as vulnerable, are found in the southern hemisphere of the world, generally off the coasts of Peru and Chile. They are named after the ‘Humboldt Current’ which flows from the Antarctic to the equator. This current brings cold water packed full of anchovies, other types of fish, krill and squid, a perfect feast for these penguins. Due to their adapted wings, streamlined body, and webbed feet, penguins are excellent at diving and hunting.

Sarah Mills Director of Marketing at Flamingo Land commented;

“All new babies need a fitting name and we look forward to partnering with Minster FM and their listeners to name our new additions to the Flamingo Land family.”

The penguin colony can be seen at Flamingo Land and, for penguin enthusiasts, a fantastic ‘Penguin Experience’ can be enjoyed which allows children over the age of 8 (under 12 must be accompanied by an adult) to feed the penguins.

Further information and details on how to book can be found here –Penguin Encounter

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Special Offer April 2016 – Last Few Days!!!

Special Offer April 2016 – Last Few Days!!!

Going, Going, ….!

We have the following late deals available, payment will be required to be made in full for these dates. Don’t leave it too late! Once they’re gone they’re gone! Be sure to Contact Us to reserve your place. Or call us directly.

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Saturday 16th April – Friday 22nd April  – 6 nights (not available)

Monday 25th April – Saturday 30th April £225 – 5 nights

Please be aware that in addition to caravan hire costs, guests will be required to purchase unlimited wrist bands, these are purchased on the day of arrival of your holiday direct from Flamingo Land, the passes will cover you for the duration of your stay for entry into the Theme Park and Zoo along with the fantastic entertainment and Run-Gym-Swim.

Please click here for 2016 Unlimited Pass Prices

 

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Flamingo Land Tiger To Start New Life In France

Flamingo Land Tiger To Start New Life In France

A two-year-old Sumatran tiger born at the Flamingo Land Resort in North Yorkshire has moved to France.

Kuasa is starting a new life at the ‘Zoo de la Boissière du Doré’ close to Nantes in Western France.

The move is part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) and follows the successful birth of three tiger cubs at Flamingo Land in March 2014.

The birth of Kuasa was a first for the zoo at Flamingo Land.

No more than 500 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild due to pressure from hunting and habitat loss.

Kuasa’s two sisters, Mentari and Bulan, will also be leaving North Yorkshire later in the year.

Read More: ITV News


 

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Kangeroo Skips On

Kangeroo Skips On

Flamingo Land bid farewell to one of our male western grey kangaroos this week as it moved down to Tilgate Park, South of London. Zoos often move animals to different collections to keep the genetics diverse and to prevent inbreeding from occurring.

All kangaroos are native to Australia, and the western grey kangaroo can be found in the south of the country in woodland, scrubland and grassland areas. It is one of the most abundant types of kangaroo.

Despite its name, its fur can vary from being light grey/brown to dark brown in colour, with white hairs around the edges of the ears and a dark tip of the tail. Males are larger than the females in size, with bigger forearms and shoulders, and they can reach 54kg in weight.
The male kangaroos fight to become the alpha male in the group. Using both their forearms and rear legs for fighting, they will strike against their opponent causing damage with their sharp claws and powerful kicks. Their tail provides balance when kicking out with their rear legs.

This species lives in large groups called mobs containing between 40-50 individuals. They would be most active from late afternoon to early morning, therefore usually resting in the day time to keep cool from the hot sun. Its diet would consist of mainly grasses, plus some herbs, leaves, bark and shrubs. They are able to tolerate high levels of some plant toxins.
The kangaroo is excellent at jumping due to its strong legs and maintains its balance due to the help of its tail. When travelling at full speed at around 60km/hour it can jump up to 12 metres. The western grey kangaroo’s ankle is adapted so that it cannot rotate sideways, therefore preventing injury when it is jumping.
Kangaroos are marsupials, therefore give birth to very small, underdeveloped young. They are only a few centimetres long and have to crawl into the mother’s pouch where it will drink milk and spend the rest of its time developing and growing. Once it is around nine months old the joey will begin to stick its head out and gradually climb out of the pouch and spend increasing lengths of time away from its mother.

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