The latest exhibit at Marwell Zoo has recently been launched and is already proving popular with explorers young and old(er)!
Wild Explorer’s is the zoo’s biggest project to date providing a brand new home for the rhinos, Grevy’s zebra and scimitar-horned oryx which forms part of a £17million investment programme for the Hampshire attraction which is near Colden Common on the outskirts of Winchester.
First impressions of the new conservation area is the size that the three iconic species have to play in. The new area is in fact five times the size of any other exhibit at the zoo, and you can see why the oryx are almost ‘hopping n skipping’ with plenty of open space. The two rhinos, whilst not skipping seemed happy also to be able to stretch their legs over the vast area. Much care has been taken on the design and setting of the exhibit allowing the three African species to live together as they would in the wild, and for visitors, Wild Explorers provides some fantastic views of the animals including some unique ‘spy in the grass’ camera shots.
Wild Explorers is part of an important message of wildlife conservation and the vital work that Marwell Wildlife delivers across the world, such as protecting the Grevy’s zebras in Northern Kenya where they work with and train local rangers and trackers to protect and maintain the species.
If you want to learn more about being an explorer then once off the Wild Explorers boardwalk, head over the the safari vehicle by the water hole, where every day at 1pm the Wildlife Rangers guide you on how to radio-track and identify zebras through their own stripes.
As well as the outside area, there is a new indoor exhibition producing education opportunities and a new themed outdoor play area (complete with crocodile scratch marks!) for younger explorers to really feel like they are in the wild.
The new exhibit is a testament to Marwell Zoo and the charity who work internationally in the interest of these animals. The zoo is certainly spending more resources on providing a quality life for the animals and a quality experience for the visitor.
And what a perfect way to end – summer rain over the valley, a clap of thunder and the sun setting; it could almost be Africa.
Sunset over Wild Explorers at Marwell Wildlife
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