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One of the UK’s rarest bats spotted at Blackmore Copse

During a night of bat surveying at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Blackmoor Copse nature reserve, researcher Phil Brown from the University of Bristol identified a barbastelle bat. This is the first confirmed sighting of this elusive and rare species of bat on the reserve. Working with the Trust’s reserves officer, Ashley White, Phil set up traps […]

Baby joy for rescued ring-tailed lemurs

A pair of rescued ring tailed lemurs have given birth to a baby boy at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park. Mum Hasina and dad Julien are part of a troop of the playful Madagascan primates which live in a walkthrough enclosure at the Wiltshire safari park. Both were rescued as youngsters from unsuitable living conditions […]

New arrivals a handful for keepers at Longleat’s Jungle Kingdom

Keepers at Longleat’s Jungle Kingdom have got their hands full looking after their newest arrivals – a quartet of rescued boa constrictors with a total length in excess of seven metres. The four giant snakes, the largest of which is called Zeus and measures 2.2 metres in length, were all re-homed at the Wiltshire attraction […]

Steve Backshall at Longleat this Easter

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park is turning Deadly this Easter and there’s only one person to call – Steve Backshall, star of CBBC’s wildly successful Deadly TV series who will present a programme of live shows at Longleat on Sunday 31st March and Monday 1st April. This special event marks the launch of the new […]

Wild otter spotted at Longleat

It may be best known for its African animals, but it’s a rare native species that’s now causing excitement at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park. This week, staff reported sightings of a wild otter close to a stream in the centre of the Longleat estate. Jon Cracknell, Director of Animal Operations said: “We’d started getting […]

Longleat issues sock appeal

They may not be the top of many people’s festive wish list, but keepers at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park really want socks for Christmas. And staff at the Wiltshire attraction don’t even mind whether they’re odd or even single socks. For the winter stockings are destined to be used as cosy sleeping quarters for […]

Monkeying around in the rain at Longleat

It might be raining a lot this month but the downpours in Wiltshire are good news for a troop of monkeys at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park. The rhesus monkeys have been making the most of the wet weather and are having great fun in the puddles. For the younger monkeys it a great chance […]

First ever National Gardening Week

The first ever National Gardening Week takes place from 16th-22nd April. Organised by the RHS, it aims to get the nation growing. The Royal Horticultural Society  is also promoting the RHS Britain in Bloom 2012 campaign which aims to replenish some of Britain’s lost wildflower meadows (which have been in serious decline since the 1930’s). […]

New Cheetah Drive Through at Longleat

A coalition of cheetahs has been bringing traffic to a standstill at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park this Easter. The Wiltshire attraction officially opened its brand new drive-through Cheetah Kingdom at the weekend and it’s already proving popular with visitors. The Safari Park is home to a group, or coalition, of seven cheetahs; four males […]

Buglife Oil Beetle Survey

Have you seen any of these amazing beetles this year? If so, Buglife would like to know for their 2012 Oil Beetle Survey. The beetle pictured above was seen a few days ago in Swallowcliffe but there are other places in Wiltshire where they can be seen. Last year, Buglife ran their first national oil […]