By the time our children take their own children to the zoo there will be no tigers left in the wild. We are not willing to let that happen.
This weekend we drove a little over half an hour away to go to Woburn Safari Park. We have been meaning to go for absolutely ages and we worked out that this was our only free weekend until October so it was now or never! Unfortunately for us the weather was awful but that wasn’t going to dampen our spirits!
If you haven’t been to Woburn Safari Park before you really must, it is a great day out! They have so many great animals and the best part is you drive around and get to see them up close! We arrived just as it opened and headed straight to the drive through safari. You drive around a one way system which takes you from enclosure to enclosure. First up, the rhinos! They are amazing aren’t they? So massive and they come right up to your car!!
This weekend saw fundraising events for the Amur tiger, such a shame the weather was bad for us but the Saturday was glorious so hopefully they were able to raise what they wanted for the weekend. The tigers are in such a plight and we need to do all we can to save them.
Little L was so excited to see the bears and I am pretty sure her ‘baaaa’ was a deliberate attempt at bear!
This photo shows how much it was raining, it did make me smile to see the giraffes all lined up like that. They are such strange creatures don’t you think, their long necks fascinate me!
We finished the drive through safari and sheltered in the car for our picnic lunch. We had hoped the rain would stop but no such luck. We finished our lunch and headed to the walk through part of the park.
First stop was the discovery centre where we were lucky enough to catch an impromptu demonstration of cockroaches. Did you know they are actually very clean creatures?
I adore this photo, Little L is so inquisitive and although neither of the girls especially loved the birds she was still fascinated. So fantastic that you are able to get up close to the animals in this way. By this point it was raining so hard we had to seek shelter in the soft play area. The girls had great fun and we were lucky enough to catch a photo with the celebrity tiger!
Luckily, by the time we had finished in the soft play area the sun had come out! Hurrah! We headed into the squirrel monkey enclosure in time for feeding so saw plenty to keep the girls amused.
The highlight of the day though was the meet and greet with the elephants. Of all the animals in the world I think elephants are my favourite- they are so magical. We were treated to a demonstration, she was so funny and so clever! She had us all laughing despite the reappearance of the rain!
A real treat was seeing the new baby elephant who spent the whole time screeching and splashing about in the muddy puddles, absolutely adorable!!!
The best part for us all was getting up close, being able to stoke the elephants. Such an amazing experience for the children.
We said goodbye to the elephants and headed back to the restaurant and shop where we found some more Amur tiger events going on. Little G had her face painted (as a lion- always has to be a lion) and then it was time to go home.
I say time to go home, but actually we took the opportunity to have one more drive around the safari- so good that you can go around as many times as you like in case you miss an animal first time around. Here is a little video of our day, the rhinos did cause a fair bit of giggling! https://youtu.be/pWSnEeSkmKI We had a very wet but very enjoyable day and we all agreed that we will be going back again next year!
Have you been to Woburn Safari Park before? What did you think?
We were given one adult and one child entry as a press pass but Mr F bought his own ticket and Little L was free. All thoughts and words are my own.