Archive for July, 2011

Two additions to the penguin family

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Blackpool Zoo is delighted to announce the recent successful hatching of two Magellanic penguin chicks.  The first of this species to hatch at the park, the new arrivals have yet to be sexed.  This process is carried out later by DNA testing of feathers.

 

The penguins paired up for breeding and several nests were built in the recesses within the enclosure. Keepers provided nesting material of twigs and branches and it soon became clear that a pair were sitting on eggs.  They hatched just over a month ago, and keepers are eagerly their emergence from the den.

 

Although the chicks are covered in soft, downy feathers when they first hatch, these are soon replaced by the waterproof “proper” feathers needed to keep them warm in the water.  They are fed by their parents on regurgitated fish and “babysitting” is shared between the parents.

 

Newly hatched penguin chick

 

They youngsters will be introduced gradually to the water by their parents, but will adapt very quickly to their new routine.

A – Zoo Nursery Open Day

Friday, July 8th, 2011

If you’re looking for great childcare in a superb location, then look no further.  Blackpool Zoo’s unique A – Zoo Children’s Day Nursery is offering you the opportunity to call in and see for yourself what’s available for your most precious possession’s early education.

A range of activities will take place from face painting to donkey brushing, cake decorating to baby massage and much more besides whilst parents can meet the staff and look around the aptly named Lion Cubs and Wise Owls’ rooms.

A - Zoo children meet the sealions

A very special visit at 11.00 am by Mooky the Clown and Mr Boo from the Tower Circus will delight children and adults alike.

The Nursery does have vacancies for 3 and 4 year olds following the seasonal exodus to “big school”.

Make it a date – from 10.00 am on Saturday, 23rd July.

Blackpool Zoo memberships reduced!

Friday, July 1st, 2011
Donkeys
Waiting for your visit

Membership prices for Blackpool Zoo have been reduced for the rest of 2011.

From today, 1st July, visitors to the Zoo have the option of paying for just one extra visit to obtain a membership which allows them free access to the park until the 31st December.
Prices are :  Adult   :  £30
                         Senior / Student  :  £26.00
                         Child  :  £21.50
                         Family (2 + 2)  :  £92.00
                         Family (2 + 3)  :  £112.00
Zoo membership offers families the opportunity to just call in for an hour or two to see a favourite animal, check out a new baby, or just allow the kids to run round after school!
Benefits also include discount in the catering and retail outlets and reduced admission to sister companies, the Lakes Aquarium and Bournemouth Oceanarium.
This is an offer which is too good to miss!