Trotters World Trotters World of Animals Mon, 22 Aug 2011 15:43:27 +0000 en hourly 1 Welcome to the wildebeest Mon, 22 Aug 2011 15:42:08 +0000 Tracey This week saw the arrival of two Black Wildebeest at Trotters World of Animals. It is a landmark occasion because the two animals have been brought together to create a new breeding pair – they are only the third breeding pair in the UK.

Park Manager Richard Robinson travelled to Newquay Zoo to collect the male and then on to Marwell Wildlife in Hampshire to collect the female. Their long journey ended at Trotters World on Wednesday when the new pairing was released onto the park.

This is a dream come true for Richard who has been keen to introduce them to the park ever since they introduced zebra eight years ago. Richard said “The Wildebeest is an iconic Africa Plains species, it is the most preyed upon species in South Africa, and consequently they are very highly strung and excitable. We have learned a lot about looking after flighty species from running antelope and zebra on the park, so the time was right to introduce this very weird looking animal from the African plains.”

Already visitors think the pair adds the wow factor – they look quite unique, with race horse like bodies, a long tail and a strong, buffalo like head. “Pretty cool” was how one little boy described them, “totally awesome, never seen anything like it” said another.

Despite their flighty nature, the pair have settled well, though signs on the enclosure ask people to be quiet until they have settled properly – when spooked they can run up to 40mph. Also known as the Gnu, the Wildebeest is the largest big game species – both in size and the most abundant. Heavily preyed upon, their natural instinct is to herd together – safety in numbers. Winter nights in South Africa can get pretty cold so the Black Wildebeest is hardy and will adapt easily to the Cumbrian climate. Naturally they are a migratory animal, but the new pair at Trotters made their journey by trailer rather than on foot!

Trotters World of Animals works with the BIAZA collections to continue breeding programmes. The park has successfully bred Ring-tailed lemur, Meerkats, Asian Fishing Cats and many more exotic species, they are now hoping to add Wildebeest to the list.

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Zoolympian just hanging around.. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 12:10:42 +0000 Cath  

At a top Wildlife Park near Keswick in the Lake District a Zoolympian contestant limbers up for one of the most exciting events of the summer

- the hanging about for a long time event!

Gibbons have long arms that are perfectly suited for hanging and swinging in the branches of trees, making them a favourite in this event. If you think you could hang around as well as Nobby why not come down to Trotters this summer and have a go at our Zoolympics trail.

In this video clip you can also hear Nobby singing! Gibbons have a very distinctive whooping call that is amplified by a special throat-sac and can be heard over great distances – just ask the local residents!

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Making hay while the sun shines. Fri, 29 Jul 2011 16:04:40 +0000 Cath It’s that time of year when farmers are watching the weather forecast anxiously, hoping for warm dry days in which they can get the hay harvest safely in.

Here at Trotters World of Animals near Keswick, the beautiful hot weather this week has not only spoilt our visitors but also provided the perfect conditions for a successful harvest. Not everyone realises that as well as the 25 acres that the Wildlife Park utilises, Trotters is part of the larger country estate belonging to Armathwaite Hall. As such there are many tasks involved with the land management of the estate but not all of them are as rewarding (and exhausting) as this. Keepers more used to mucking out, all mucked in and helped and can feel proud of their efforts!!

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Zoolympic hopeful from Germany… Sun, 24 Jul 2011 13:26:11 +0000 Cath White Stork standing on one legThe White Stork is a tall long necked wading bird with long red legs and a straight pointed beak. When the Stork sleeps it stands on one leg and tucks it’s head beneath it’s wing.

How long can you stand on one leg with your eyes closed?

Visitors to Trotters World of Animals this summer can try this event, amongst others, to test their skills against some of our animal athletes. Why not come along and see how you do in our Zoolympics trail?

The White Stork is found across much of Europe, but the legend that they bring babies is believed to have originated in Germany. There is a tradition Northern Europe of encouraging storks to nest on the roof in the hope that they might bring fertility and good fortune.

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Meet Julian the Lemur… Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:58:26 +0000 Cath  

Julian the Lemur is very excited because the posters have gone up around Cockermouth to announce this years Family Fun Day at Jennings Brewery. 

If you can’t wait until September, throughout this summer you can take part in our Zoolympics trail and test your agility against some of our star animals. 

Get down to Trotters for a great family day out.

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GUESS THE ANIMAL Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:21:33 +0000 Cath
Click on the images above and see if you can guess which animal the picture is showing a small part of.
To find out the answers click on the links below.
Animal 1
                            Animal 6
Animal 2 
Animal 7
Animal 3
                            Animal 8
Animal 4
Animal 9
Animal 5
                            Animal 10

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In preparation for 2012 the animals at Trotters World of Animals in Keswick are limbering up to show you their sporty skills.

This summer you can test yourself against some of the finest athletes our Wildlife Park has to offer. See if you are a winner at each event station round the park.

Will you jump higher than the Ugandan Serval?

Could you run faster than the Guanaco of Argentina?

Perhaps you can stand on one leg for longer than the White Stork from Germany?

Whatever your skills you will love a day out with the family at Trotters.

Every day this summer we have a full and varied programme of Keeper talks and demonstrations as well as the Zoolympics trail and our indoor & outdoor play areas. Top it off with fabulous homemade food in the cafe, gifts and treats in the gift shop and memories to keep forever.

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New additions to Meerkat family Tue, 28 Jun 2011 14:32:24 +0000 Cath Dave and Judy, our Meerkat Mum and Dad, have done it again!

3 baby Meerkats nose to noseThis litter of 3 is their third lot of babies since they were introduced to one another at the beginning of 2010. They are now around a week old and the warm weather has encouraged Judy to bring them all out to play in the sun. The whole family of Meerkats are very protective and caring around the youngsters, all taking it in turns to keep a look out and round them up. Judy keeps them very close most of the time and suckles them frequently, she has always been a very good mother.Meerkats and Mum

You can come to Trotters, the Wildlife Park near Keswick, for a great day out this summer and see not just Meerkat babies, but young lemurs, goats and deer as well.

Don’t forget, if you’d like to help with the conservation and up keep of our growing family of Meerkats you can Adopt one for just £30.3 Meerkat babies putting their heads together

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Zebra recovering well… Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:04:59 +0000 Cath Vet explains procedure to cameraWhinney, one of our Grants Zebra had a date with the Vet last week to get her hoof trimmed. A regular procedure, but this is the second time Whinny has had a film crew watching. Two years ago Michaela Strachen’s team were filming at Trotters and this time Vet Andrew Robinson was being followed for the BBC’s ‘Animal 24-7′ programme.

We are happy to report that though a little foot-sore for a few days as is to be expected, Whinny has been out and about as normal with Leon, Kei Vet administers antidote to Zebraand Marty quite unaware of her growing stardom!Vet is filmed trimming Zebra hoof

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More babies born.. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 14:35:20 +0000 Cath Red Deer and FawnA day out at Trotters will reward you with more than just exotic animals like Gibbons and Boa Constrictors. You may also see fantastic native species like Red Deer, Cervus elaphus.

About a week ago two fawns were born to our herd of 6 Red Deer. These animals are our largest land mammal, they have a reddish brown coat during the summer and the stags sport large branching antlers. Here at Trotters we have 5 does and 1 stag, and now 2 new littles ones whose gender is yet to be established. They live alongside 5 Fallow Deer who are all female.

They have remained reluctant to be photographed so we only have this image which shows just one of the youngsters through the fence. Come along for a day out, bring your camera and see if you can do better!

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