We visited Woburn for the second time this year. We were lucky enough to experience a really good self-drive safari first thing and saw many animals that we hadn’t see last time. During the safari we got up close to elephants, giraffes, rhinos, lions, tigers, bears and wolves as well as some of the cattle and deer. The weather was great, not too hot which meant that many of the animals were out having fun. In particular, the bears, wolves, elephants, rhinos and giraffes. After our initial safari we then parked up and walked around the foot-safari and thanks to the leaflet with all the times on were able to see the penguins being fed, listen to the spider monkey talk and see the lemurs in full swing. We didn’t have time for many of the activities or shows and could easily have spent another day here. We enjoyed the Red Panda, the indoor play area, the swan boats and of course the gift shop!
There are 17 species of penguin and the King Penguin is the second largest, weighing up to 18kg. The largest is the Emperor Penguin, which can weigh 45kg and the smallest is the Little Penguin which weighs 2kg. Distribution: South Georgia Island to Tierra del Fuego. Diet: Fresh whole Herring, plus vitamins and salt. Breeding: The King Penguin incubates a single egg on their feet. As with most penguin species they are brooded by both male and female, with incubation lasting from 33-64 days. Newly hatched chicks are covered with fine down and continue to be cared for by both parents until they are big enough and able to keep themselves warm. Food is provided by both parents in the form of regurgitated fish, squid or krill. The chicks of most species will moult into their adult plumage and fledge at between 2 and 5 months, however King Penguin chicks take up to 16 months. Status in the wild: This is one of the few penguin species whose numbers are steady and on some islands are on the increase. Penguins are fascinating, funny and entertaining, and as well as Humboldts, Birdland is also home to England’s only collection of King Penguins. In the wild there are 17 species of penguin, which is a group of flightless birds designed for speed in water rather than the air. Above and Below the Water Our window in the water shows how our penguins’ much loved waddling turns into power and elegance once they are underwater and truly in their element …. Less than 10,000 birds means the Humboldt penguin is one of the rarest of the 17 species of penguin. All the Humboldt Penguins at Birdland are captive bred. Distribution: Coasts and islands of Peru and Chile. Diet: Fresh whole Sprats, plus vitamins and salt. Breeding: Two white eggs are laid underground in the wild, or in a nestbox in captivity, and incubation is 39 days, with both parents rearing the chicks. Status in the wild: Less than 10,000 birds means the Humboldt is one of the rarest of the 17 species of penguin. Major threats are over-fishing and pollution.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Butterfly House is one of the largest butterfly biomes of any UK Zoo. Featuring more than 30 different species from around the world, visitors are surrounded by hundreds of colourful butterflies.This chrysalis-shaped exhibit offers an exquisite tropical experience, as well as a wonderful place for families to learn about nature. As you travel through our butterfly domain, you will enter our interactive Metamorphosis Zone and be able to see every stage of the caterpillar/butterfly life-cycle. Featuring a puparium, the metamorphosis zone shows live pupae emerging from their cocoons with keepers on hand to demonstrate the art of raising butterflies. Throughout your journey through the Butterfly House, you could encounter the fearsome Blue Tiger, Zebra Longwing, or even the majestic Madagascan comet moth. Each of these species can be spotted through their vivid colours, colours that have hidden meaning within the Butterfly World. From camouflage to mating, colour plays an important part in a butterfly’s life, and with our engaging talks you can unravel the mysteries. Once you’ve encountered our fluttering friends, if you’re feeling brave, you can head down to meet our West African Dwarf Crocodiles. Don’t let their teeth scare you, these swamp dwellers are one of the smallest crocodiles. Learn more about how these reptiles have come under threat through your travels in this fantastic exhibit. https://www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo…
SWITCH UP YOUTUBE KIDS for OUTDOOR Playground Fun | Creative Play | Emberton Country Park Video We went out in Emberton Country Park, a wonderful park in Milton Keynes. It has excellent play areas which includes a big pirate ship, a big slide and a floor trampoline. There’s also a new creative play area with shingle and a sandpit with diggers. Lovely walks around the lake. Maya even spent some time with some ducklings. You can easily enjoy a good few hours there. The park is free to enjoy – you can park a bit further away on a residential street or otherwise charges apply in the actual park itself. Emberton Country Park is a 200-acre (0.81 km2) Country park on the Great Ouse River, located near the village of Emberton, near the town of Olney, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom.