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22nd of August 2014 – Species Spotlight Temminck’s Tragopan

This week it is a member of the pheasant family to take the spotlight   Temminck's Tragopan Tragopan temminckii   There are 5 members of the Tragopan and the Temminck's is probbly the most commonly seen in Aviculture.  They are found in the forests of South East Asia, ranging from...

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15th of August 2014 – Species Spotlight Crowned Plover

This week we are highlighting a species that have bred successfully for us over the years and who hatched 3 chicks earlier this week   Crowned Plover Vanellus coronatus   Also known as the Crowned Lapwing, they are a member of a subfamily of Lapwing that also includes Masked &...

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8th of August, 2014 – Species Spotlight – Red Winged Starling

This week we spotlight Red Winged Starling Onychognathus morio These birds are native to Eastern Africa, where they are found ranging from Ethiopia down to the Cape in South Africa.  They are found in a wide range of habitats, from forest to grassland and are also becoming increasingly frequent in...

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25th of April 2014 – Species Spotlight King Penguin

Today is World Penguin Day so I’m really left with no choice but to spotlight our star attraction   King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonica patagonica   Found in the wild along the Northern edge of Antarctica and on many sub-Antarctic islands including South Georgia, the Falklands and Deception, King Penguins are...

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In the chaos that is a sunny Easter holiday run up the species spotlight falls a day early this week and is upon Roul Roul Partridge Rollulus rouloul Other names include Crested Wood Partridge and Green Wood Partridge. Roul Rouls are native to South East Asia and are found throughout...

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Species Spotlight – Grey Treepie

This weeks species spotlight falls on our:   Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae   A member of the Crow family, Grey Treepies are found in the wild mostly in China but also in the Himalayan foothills of India and as far east as Taiwan. The alternative name for this species in...

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Species Spotlight – Humboldt Penguin

The weekend past saw us celebrating Penguin Awareness Day. The day itself was on Monday (the 20th) but we made a full weekend of it, with lots of facts and pictures going online and quizzes and hands on events at the park. On Facebook alone, some of Spikes posts reached...

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20/12/2013 – Christmas is a coming

It’s now the final countdown to Christmas and although it’s a few days before the big day, we are busy getting ready even now. In the weeks before Christmas it is a case of making sure that we have enough supplies to see us over the festive/New Year period as...

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22/11/2013 – Catch the Pelican

Just a quick update this week as we have been very busy, with staff away on holidays and all the extra duties that winter brings.   The main drama of the week was that one of our female Pink Backed Pelicans took flight this week. She disappeared between 1 and...

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