Archive for August, 2011


Friday, August 26th, 2011

The latest investment at Blackpool Zoo is sure to have bird lovers flocking!

Species from across the globe are settling into a 10,000sq ft purpose built aviary, which cost £12,500 and is situated on the site of the former Children’s Zoo.

The critically endangered Waldrapp Ibis has taken residence along with African Spoonbills, Sacred Ibis, Black-crowned Night Herons, White Storks, Little Egrets and Eider Ducks.

With such a huge array of birds there is so much to see and hear. Watch out for the African Spoonbill, which uses its open bill to catch food by swinging it from side to side in the water.

Or listen for the hard croak of the Sacred Ibis, which, in ancient Egypt, was used to make pools safe for bathing by feeding on the water snails that carried deadly parasites.

The Waldrapp Ibis, with its distinctive long, curved red bill, disappeared from Europe over 30 years ago and there is thought to be only around 500 left in Southern Morocco and Syria.

Jude Rothwell, Marketing and PR Co-ordinator at Blackpool Zoo, said: “It is wonderful to see a new home for so many beautiful and interesting birds.

“The sights and sounds are amazing and, as the birds hail from around the world, there is always something new for people to learn.

“This is the latest attraction in our investment programme, which is aimed at continually adding to the experience of visiting Blackpool Zoo and we are very much looking forward to seeing the public’s reaction.”

The aviary has been under construction throughout the spring and the birds moved in at the beginning of July.


Blackpool Zoo Focus Group

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Have you recently visited Blackpool Zoo and if so are you interested in joining an informal discussion group regarding your zoo experience?

We are looking for a small group of people to take part in this session where you will be asked questions and invited to chat about your experiences in and around the zoo  We will record the sessions and use the information to improve the zoo for the future.

We would love to hear from you providing you fall into the categories:

a) You do NOT hold an annual pass/membership

b) You have visited the zoo as a parent of a child under the age of 14 years.

Details of the session are:

When: Tuesday 16th August 2011

Time: 4pm to 6pm

Where: Blackpool Zoo, East Park Drive, Blackpool

Payment: Expenses will be paid in the form of £40 cash which will be issued to you at the end of the session.

If you are interested in participating in this discussion group and would like to know more, please contact one of the people listed below:

Cathy Burrows: Telephone 015395 30153 x 208 e-mail or text to 07855 249773.

Rudy Rengers: Telephone 01539 739 777 e-mail

Please provide a contact telephone number.  We will be in contact by return to discuss in further detail and answer any questions you may have.