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Get wet and wild at Twycross Zoo

With half-term looming there are ample opportunities for family fun all week at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire. There are some new arrivals in the animal departments, stilt walkers entertaining crowds, and some great new facilities to continuously improve visitors’ experience around the site.

The zoo has recently welcomed 4 baby lambs to the Pets at Twycross area. The group of sheep are Leicestershire Longwools, a rare-breed that, as the name suggests, is native to the local area. They have a distinctive long coat that has the appearance of dreadlocks and is used to make high quality fleece. The breed are known to be excellent mothers and often give birth to twins, as is the case for one pair of the babies at the zoo. Arrivals of a different kind are the zoo’s giraffes, Epesi, Setanta and Brad, who transferred to Twycross Zoo in April. The three males have bonded well and are settled in to their new housing and can now be seen exploring the extensive paddocks in their purpose-built Giraffe Savannah.

Twycross Zoo has been extremely busy refurbishing areas of its site to enable visitors to have improved access to its animal enclosures. The walkways of Conservation Way have been fully refurbished with a specialised resin surface for the zoo’s many wheelchair and pushchair users, and to minimise puddles during wet weather. This walkway leads down to the zoo’s ‘Wet and Wild’ area which has had a brand new Lodge Café and wet play area installed for families to use during warm weather. The wet play area contains water fountains and jets for children to play in and is the largest wet play site across Leicestershire, while the Lodge Café has capacity for up to 70 people to relax with food and drink while their children play. Twycross Zoo’s soft play facilities also recently won a ‘Mums in the Know’ award for Best Soft Play in Ashby & District.

Dr Charlotte Macdonald, Director of Life Sciences at Twycross Zoo says “With the weather getting warmer we are very excited to be opening our new wet play facilities to give families even more fun during their visit. At Twycross Zoo we are always striving to improve our visitor experience. We welcome many people with young families in pushchairs, and wheelchair users, and it’s very important that they have good access to our animals and exhibits so we are delighted to have our new pathways installed ready for a busy half term and summer ahead.”

Visitors can receive 10% discount when booking tickets online.

This half term also coincides with Love Your Zoo week which is run by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) of which Twycross Zoo is a member, and which encourages people to visit their local BIAZA zoos and aquariums to learn about the important conservation work that these organisations do for wildlife.

Twycross Zoo is open to the public from 10.00 to 18.00. For more information and to book tickets visit www.twycrosszoo.org or call 0844 474 1777

Last updated September 2015