All posts tagged: Longleat

Europe’s oldest silverback gorilla turns 56

Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire helped Nico the western lowland gorilla celebrate his 56th birthday this weekend. Keepers marked the special occasion by providing Nico with a selection of presents and a birthday cake made out of bananas and courgetttes which they topped off with carrot candles. Nico is believed to be the oldest silverback gorilla […]

Summer baby boom for Longleat

Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire are enjoying a summer baby boom as they welcome 20 monkeys, three rare Chinese deer, marmoset twins and two reindeer calves. There have been so many new rhesus monkey arrivals in recent weeks that even the dominant male, known as Phil, has taken to helping out with babysitting duties. Found […]

Where to take dad for free this weekend

Go wild this weekend and treat your dad to a day out to see wildlife on Father’s Day. What’s more, dads can enjoy completely free entry at all the following attractions;. Visit Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire this weekend and dads get free entry on both Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June when accompanied by a […]

Nico the gorilla gets in a flap at Longleat

A pair of Canada geese got Longleat Safari Park’s  silverback lowland gorilla in a flap when they tried to nest on his island home recently. Nico, who is around 55 years old and Europe’s oldest gorilla, clearly didn’t take kindly to the uninvited geese trying to invade his home. The amazing encounter was captured on […]

Up close at Longleat

Sarah Jeffery from the Discover Animals team recently spent a day exploring Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire with her daughter Caitlin. It had been a few years since the pair last visited, so they were excited to see what was new. ‘Marvellous Monsters’ is a new outdoor exhibition for 2017 and features 20 larger-than-life animatronic […]

Best of British seahorses at Longleat

Longleat in Wiltshire have revealed a new marine feature showcasing the two different types of seahorse found in British waters. Two colonies of spiny and short snouted seahorses were bred as part of a conservation programme in Portugal and can now be seen on display in their new home at Longleat. The spiny seahorse, which is […]

Longleat’s monster plans for 2017

Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire is keen to let visitors know all about what lies in store for this year. The attraction’s drive-through safari is home to exotic animals from around the world including giraffes, tigers, cheetahs, monkeys and lions. You can step aboard the Jungle Cruise to meet gorillas in their lakeside retreat, enjoy […]

Animal Park returns to film at Longleat

Following the success of last year’s ‘Animal Park: Summer Special’, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of Longleat Safari Park and won viewing figures of 1.65 million, presenters Kate Humble and Ben Fogle return to Longleat to film a major 15-part series of Animal Park for the BBC. Longleat’s CEO, Bob Montgomery, said: “We’re delighted to […]

Xmas giraffe explores the great outdoors

A baby giraffe, which was born over Christmas, has ventured outside for the first time at Longleat. The male Rothschild’s giraffe, who has been named Evan in honour of a long-time keeper, was delivered inside the centrally-heated giraffery at the Wiltshire safari park in December. Since then the youngster – believed to be the 122nd […]

Rare cheetah cubs born at Longleat

A rare pair of cheetah cubs are thriving after being born at Longleat Safari Park. The cubs’ birth is a first for the Wiltshire wildlife attraction, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The pair, a male and a female, were born nine weeks ago and will remain inside with mum Wilma until they are 12 […]

Beatrix Potter characters unwrapped at Longleat

Giant illuminated versions of Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Squirrel Nutkin are among thousands of Chinese lanterns being unwrapped at Longleat in Wiltshire in preparation for its Festival of Light event, which runs from 11th November to 2nd January. The much-loved children’s characters will feature in a series of scenes recreating famous episodes from Beatrix Potter’s […]

Double red panda delight

A rare set of red panda twins has been born at Longleat. It’s only the second time the species, which is endangered in the wild, has bred successfully at the Wiltshire wildlife attraction. Twin red panda births are extremely rare and keepers are delighted with the pair’s progress. The new arrivals are doubly welcome as their parents […]

Longleat

In 1966, Longleat became the first location outside Africa to open a drive-through Safari. Over 50 years on, Longleat remains one of the UK’s leading tourist attractions. Boasting animals, Elizabethan architecture, 900 acres of parkland, and easy access from the A350, A36 and A361 Longleat truly is the perfect choice for a day out. A trip to Longleat affords you the chance to […]

War Horse team create Longleat lion puppet

Longleat has commissioned puppetry specialists from the National Theatre’s production of Warhorse to bring a giant lion puppet to life. The big cat puppet, which is nearly three metres long and more than two metres tall, will feature in daily parades at the Wiltshire stately home throughout the summer as part of the 50th anniversary of […]

Monkeys go bananas for Valentine’s banquet

Keepers at Longleat threw caution to the wind when they laid on a special romantic banquet treat for their troop of mischievous macaque monkeys in the run up to Valentine’s Day. The candlelit dinner included a variety of traditionally romantic dishes like melon, avocado, asparagus, strawberries and pomegranates as well as grapes and bananas. However, […]

‘On the Wild Side’ by Simon King – A Photographic Celebration of Longleat’s Famous Animals

From Easter Longleat will play host to world renowned TV wildlife presenter, photographer and cameraman Simon King’s latest exhibition. King has been concealing himself throughout Longleat’s animal paddocks during the winter, capturing timeless and unique images of the animals inside their world, from an innovative perspective, of which they’ve never before been seen. To complement […]

Longleat’s animals see themselves in a new light

A selection of Longleat’s safari animals came face to face with their Chinese lantern counterparts recently. The Wiltshire attraction is currently staging its spectacular Festival of Light outdoor event which features thousands of illuminated artworks. Alongside figures from Chinese history, myth and legend; including emperors, soldiers from the terracotta army and a giant dragon boat, […]