Flamingo Land need your help to name the new baby Giraffe

Flamingo Land need your help to name the new baby Giraffe

Our baby is a little girl, and we would like you to come up with a lovely name for her. Her Dad is called George, and her Mum Lizzy, and she is the sixth member of our Rothschild herd.

Please email your suggestions to baby@flamingoland.co.uk before 31st March 2017, and include why you have suggested this, along with your own name. Our Zoo Manager will then select the name which he thinks best suits her.

Our lucky winner will not only have the privilege of knowing they named our giraffe, but will also receive a family pass for 4 to visit during our 2017 main season (1st April – 29th October). The winner can also enjoy a private Giraffe Encounter where they will get to feed our giraffe herd and see the baby at close quarters.

We look forward to receiving your ideas!

“The arrival of our giraffe calf was a very special day for the entire Flamingo Land team, especially the keepers who have cared for mother Lizzy during her pregnancy,” said Ross Snipp Zoo Manager Flamingo Land Resort Yorkshire. “We were proud to enjoy the safe arrival of our giraffe calf and we are very much looking forward to seeing her grow and develop under our care and guidance.”

Giraffes as a species are listed as Vulnerable, with an estimated 1,600 Rothschild sub-species in the wild. Threatened by habitat loss, civil unrest, poaching and ecological changes the giraffes at Flamingo Land are part of a global conservation programme to support the breeding of the species in captivity.

“Weather permitting, we hope that our new baby will be available for our visitors to see from the February half term school holidays,” said Ross. “Our giraffe family can be seen in the ‘Lost Kingdom’ section of our park and our viewing platform allows visitors to see them almost ‘eye-to-eye’, as well as from the ground level walkways.”

Visitor talks with a giraffe zookeeper can be enjoyed at 12 noon each day and are included within the zoo admission price to the park.

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Scouting for Girls to Headline Party in the Park at Flamingo Land 29th July 2017

Scouting for Girls to Headline Party in the Park at Flamingo Land 29th July 2017

After their great success in 2016 Scouting for Girls will be headlining Party in the Park once again on 29th July 2017

 

For further details check Flamingo Land’s facebook page

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CIRCLE

CIRCLE

CIRCLE

The aim of CIRCLE is to carry out ground-breaking research that will go to the conservation of wild animals and places. We aim to get the results out in an accessible, interesting and fun way. The Flamingo Land Research Plan outlines a commitment to scientific research in all areas of the park’s activities, including enclosure design, animal behaviour, welfare, conservation, education and environmental sustainability.

CIRCLE has a growing team of researchers with expertise in biodiversity conservation, animal behaviour and education science. CIRCLE also offers highly competitive annual internships, providing early-career researchers with training in research methods, and an opportunity to design and carry out their own scientific study.

Tropical Forest Conservation

The longest-running CIRCLE research has focussed on tropical forests, through Flamingo Land’s Udzungwa Forest Project in Tanzania (East Africa). CIRCLE research is investigating how plant and animal species can be used for indicating forest health, while also testing methods for monitoring and managing conservation projects. Much of the research is focussed around primates, trees, and human livelihoods.

Zoo Exhibit Design

CIRCLE is developing methods for the evaluation and design of zoo exhibits. A prime example of this research is the design of Flamingo Land’s Penguin Coast. The Humboldt penguin occurs along the west coast of South America. Due to overfishing and climate change, their numbers have decreased over the last 30 years. CIRCLE research has determined the key enclosure design features for encouraging space-use, exercise and natural behaviour. Thanks to a huge pool and large colony size, the Flamingo Land penguins are now breeding and swimming more than ever before. The research continues…

Animal Diet

Nutrition plays a crucial role in the well being of an animal. The health, behaviour and ability to reproduce of an animal are all influenced by diet. CIRCLE researchers are undertaking a thorough review of the diets fed to every species of animal at Flamingo Land. Each diet will be assessed in terms of its nutritional content and energy. Zoo nutrition is an area of research that is rapidly growing and CIRCLE aims to contribute significantly to this important field.

Zoo Education

There are many ways that zoos attempt to get information on animals and their conservation across to their visitors, but there are few studies that have researched the best techniques. One key question for zoos is whether signs are effective at getting information across to visitors. Ongoing data collection by CIRCLE researchers is determining the rate at which visitors observe signs and how this is affected by graphic design and external influences such as animal activity.

Native Wildlife

Human impacts on the UK landscape have posed serious threats to British biodiversity and native wildlife. The 375 acre site at Flamingo Land has various areas of land set aside for conservation of native wildlife. This allows CIRCLE researchers to undertake a variety of projects aimed at supporting, monitoring and improving the native biodiversity of the site. This work includes the development of the Flamingo Land Biodiversity Action Plan. CIRCLE research activities include quantifying the carbon storage of the park’s trees and woodlands as a means to understanding how the carbon storage of the park compares to its emissions. Other projects include the planting of areas of woodlands and the development of a Sustainability Action Plan.

The Role of the Modern Zoo

Zoos have changed significantly over the last few decades, becoming centres of conservation, research and education. However, there are distinct differences between the quality and quantity of work done by individual zoos in these areas. CIRCLE research is investigating the involvement of zoos in conservation and research, as well as the factors that affect the quantity and quality of their research and conservation projects. It is hoped that this research can be used to help improve the contribution made by zoos to scientific research and the conservation of biodiversity.

Your Research Projects

Links to local research and educational institutions have also continued through projects carried out at Flamingo Land by external researchers. In the past these have included Askham Bryan College, the Food and Environment Research Agency, the University of York, Bishop Burton College and Leeds City College. Our long-term partners at Askham Bryan College regularly send students to carry out their undergraduate research projects, mostly related to animal welfare and behaviour. All external researchers are asked to present their research on completion, so that it can be incorporated into our system of long-term monitoring and animal management.

We can offer scientific advice and support to researchers and students wishing to carry out their research projects in the park. Anyone interested in carrying out a research project at Flamingo Land can submit their application using a form available by e-mail from conservation@flamingoland.co.uk or downloadable as a PDF file.

Please submit completed and signed forms to Dr. Andrew R. Marshall, Director of Conservation Science, Flamingo Land, Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire.

Find Out More

For further information about the Centre for Integrated Research, Conservation and Learning, simply visit the CIRCLE website

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Flamingo Conservation Project

Flamingo Conservation Project

Flamingo Conservation Project

Alongside this, the park has developed a long-term commitment to supporting flamingo conservation and awareness-raising. Visitors to the park can discover the latest news regarding the status of wild flamingos through our slideshows and education centre. Through our annual donation to flamingo projects, Flamingo Land has also contributed to surveys of wild populations and the development of species action plans in East Africa.

Threats to wild populations of the six flamingo species include disturbance, habitat loss, mining, egg collection, water extraction and pollution. The most serious recent threat to wild flamingo populations has been proposed salt extraction from Lake Natron in Tanzania, where 75% of the global population of lesser flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor) are known to breed. International and African conservationists are now working with the Government of Tanzania to better protect the area.

Historically the captive populations of flamingos across Europe were not managed to the level of more endangered animals. This was largely due to the high number of flamingos involved. However despite the high numbers, the lack of past co-ordinated management has led to some mixing of the different species. Furthermore, most of the current collection of flamingos in the UK derived from wild caught birds imported in the 1960’s and 70’s. Many of these birds are still alive today and are the core breeding population. Together, hybridisation and an ageing population mean that long-term management of the captive population is becoming less sustainable.

Advances in methods for measuring and summarising genetic variability are now allowing zoo managers to better manage the flamingo population. Flamingo Land’s Collections and Records Manager has recently been appointed Co-Chair of the BIAZA Flamingo Focus Group (FFG). In this role he will assist the UK’s zoos in untangling the historic mixing, encouraging sustainable breeding and eliminating hybridisation. One key recommendation of the FFG to improve welfare and breeding success has been for zoos to only keep collections of at least 20 birds, but preferably at least 40, and without mixing species. As hosts to the FFG annual meeting in 2009, Flamingo Land are keen supporters of this initiative.

Two members of zoo staff are also members of the Flamingo Specialist Group, a global network of conservation experts working to better conserve wild populations.

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Be A Zookeeper

Be A Zookeeper

Be A Zookeeper

In a day packed full of new and exciting experiences, you’ll step behind the scenes, gaining a wealth of hands-on knowledge from caring for some of our rare and exotic creatures. You’ll also discover that being a keeper isn’t for the faint hearted as you join our staff to help them complete their daily routines.

Activities may include enclosure maintenance, preparing feed and enrichment devices, plus collecting browse for the giraffes. With this in mind it’s important to come suitably dressed. The day starts at 9.30am (9:00am during winter months) and will finish in time for you to explore the Park & Zoo at your leisure. An early start you may say, but we wouldn’t want you to miss out on the best jobs of the day!

‘Be A Zoo Keeper’ is our most popular experience and we strongly recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Tour Information:

  • Location: Please meet at Flamingo Land’s Main Reception
  • Time: Summer: 9:30am to 4:00pm / Winter: 9:00am to 3:30pm
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Exclusions: Be A Zoo Keeper is limited to 2 participants per day and is offered subject to availability. The minimum age is 8 years old and an adult must accompany all children under 12. 13 to 16 year olds may be accompanied at parental discretion. There is no charge for the accompanying adult. Available every day except Christmas Day.
  • Cost: £175 for one participant, or £300 for two participants when booking together on the same date. Guests staying in our Holiday Village pay £150 per participant, a saving of £25!

To book:
Simply call 0800 40 888 40

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Zoo Trail

Zoo Trail

Zoo Trail

Trail sheets are available during weekends and school holidays. Simply pick one up from any of the locations detailed below and begin a journey of discovery, answering questions about our animal collection along the way! Our trails are the perfect way to explore the zoo at your own pace.

Tour Information:

  • Location: Collect your free trail sheet from the Holiday Village Reception, Plaza Admissions or Customer Information.

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