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We caught up with Keeper Adam to find out how 8 month old Khari is getting on with his dad, Wallace. 

Unfortunately, our lioness, Rachel, passed away unexpectedly over Christmas as the result of a stroke. Rachel has been a familiar face to visitors and members for many years, and we were delighted to welcome her first cub, Khari, earlier this year. Following the loss of her sister, Gillian, in November (after an ongoing battle with cancer), our pride is now made up of Khari and his father, Wallace.

Khari and his dad are being monitored by keepers and we're happy to say they are both doing really well. Khari has spent a lot of time with his dad and the pair appear to be very close, in fact they are almost inseperable! Khari is weaned and eating solid foods, but continues to be fed separately to Wallace, to ensure he gets the food he needs. 

We recently caught up with Adam, section head of large mammals, to find out how Khari and Wallace have been getting on in the weeks following Rachel's death. 


Blackpool Zoo is currently closed!

The government has announced that the outdoor areas of zoos will be allowed to reopen no earlier than Monday 12th April.  Until then we remain closed.

As always please be assured that our dedicated keeper team will continue to provide the best care for our animals during the closure.

If you’ve booked tickets for any day during this closure, you can exchange them for another date. Please send your booking details to tickets@blackpoolzoo.org.uk.

We’ll keep you informed through our website and social media channels.

We really look forward to welcoming you back to Blackpool Zoo when we are allowed to reopen.

Stay safe everyone.