Thursday, 25 April 2019

Paradise Wildlife Park - Family Day Out

I love a good day out with the kids and Paradise Wildlife Park is defiantly one of my favourite places to visit. Thinking about it the last time we were here was for Harley's first ever school trip back in July 2016! Today (Sunday 21st April2019) was our first time at the park with daddy (Matt) which is just crazy considering we've been here a few times already, but he was very impressed with his first visit and could not believe the size of the park and the amount of things there are to see and do.

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The park is located in Broxbourne Hertfordshire. It is split across two, on one side you have all the playground apparatus, a splash park and the dinosaur exhibit. On the other side you have the animals. Considering it isn't your usual zoo the amount of animals they take care of is huge!
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We entered the park via the discovery centre as apposed to the main entrance as we were very kindly gifted a family pass for the day. This led us to a part of the park I had never actually been to. Here we saw many different species of bird like parrots, a kookaburra, a harris hawk and we even saw a baby owl! Ella was most impressed by all the different species owls they had as she is REALLY into her Harry Potter at the moment, her favourite was the great grey owl who came out during the bird show we watched later on in the day. A little fact we learnt during the bird show too is that owls actually can't turn their heads all the way around, did you know this?
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Next we headed towards the big cat section. Here you can see a great variety of different big cats, my favourite of course has to be the snow leopards! Every time we have been we have been lucky enough to see them, and this time one walked right past Harley when he was standing by the glass. We actually saw a lady doing an experience day where she got to feed the snow leopard so we really did get to see them quite close up.
We also saw the white lions who were quite happily lounging around and enjoying the sun. The park is building a new home for the white lions and is due to be ready in May 2019.
Other big cats we spotted were a tiger, a cheetah and a few jaguars just lounging around, one of them was just laying there on a tree branch all fours dangling.
 

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There are several talks about the different animals at the park throughout the day and we managed to catch the penguin and the reptile talk. During the penguin talk we learned how the keepers identify each penguin by their chin stripes, there is one penguin who was very easy to spot as he had two stripes unlike any of the others. Then during the reptile talk we met a snake, it was very interesting to know that the snake could tell the shape and size of everyone in the room just by its tongue!

After we had a good wander round looking at all the different animals we decided to sit down and have some lunch. There are lots of picnic benches dotted around and even picnic areas too. We brought our own lunch, but there is onsite food places also.
Once we had finished lunch we ventured on to the other side to see the dinosaur exhibit.
The dinosaur exhibit is a MUST for any dinosaur fans, they are of what feels a realistic size the dinosaur would be and look out of this world! For each dinosaur there are plaques with facts about each one. Did you know that velociraptors were actually closer to the size of a turkey than how they are portrayed in the movies?

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There were a few things that we didn't manage to do such as the splash park (even though I did come prepared with swim wear and towels) the soft play or mini golf.
It honestly is such a great day out for all the family, even Harrison who is just 9 months old enjoyed looking at the different animals. I know for sure we will be back here.
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Let me know if you've been here or are planning a visit, what are you most excited to see?
Be sure to check out their website for opening times and prices - https://www.pwpark.com
And thank you again to Paradise Wildlife Park for having us, we had the BEST day.



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