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Bat conservation week at West Midland

West Midland Safari Park have been busy hosting a dedicated conservation week to raise awareness and funds for bats.

Protect Bats Week, in association with the Bat Conservation Trust, runs until Sunday 14th May and aims to inform guests about the amazing world of bats, and what species can be found in the U.K.

A variety of activities include special talks in the Bat Cave between 2pm and 4pm, where you can meet the park’s fruit and short-tailed bats, plus a host of bat-related crafts, games and competitions to win a VIP tour and bat-themed prizes will also be on offer.

Additionally, the park is hosting some very special VIP Myth Busting Experiences on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May, where guests of all ages can meet some commonly misunderstood creatures up close, including reptiles, small mammals and insects. They can also help prepare some fruit kebabs for the bats, then watch them feast on them during their feeding time.

Discovery Trail Keeper, Lucy Smith, said, ‘The Discovery Trail keepers have chosen to support the Bat Conservation Trust for our conservation week, so we will be putting all of our efforts into raising funds and awareness for the cause. Globally, around 20% of all bat species are currently threatened with extinction, although you don’t need to travel around the world to find them, as we have 17 species breeding within the UK alone! The decline in population numbers within the UK stems from building development and habitat loss’.

‘As keepers and bat lovers we think that more needs to be done to protect our flying friends and by supporting the BCT, we will be helping to fund training programmes to assist in the monitoring and surveying of bats around the country. At the park, we will be aiming to educate and inspire people and hopefully shed some light on many of the myths surrounding these mysterious animals. At the end of the week some of the more batty members of staff and myself will be doing a bungee jump on the 13 and 14 of May, in an effort to raise even more funds for the worthy cause.

Protect Bats Week is included in the standard admission charge to West Midland Safari Park. To book the VIP Myth Buster Experience this weekend, email details to learning@wmsp.co.uk. For further information visit www.wmsp.co.uk or call 01299 402114.

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