Wild Discovery Update
Wild Discovery at Ribby Hall Village, in Wrea Green is a small zoo that opened in 2016.
Our aim is to give people the opportunity to learn about the amazing animal kingdom through interactive and educational activities.
Over the last three years the zoo has grown massively seeing the introduction of many new animals from all around the world, some of which are very important to the survival of their wild counterparts.
Our Conservation work extends through all taxa which include Arctic Foxes! Late 2022 we brough in a female fox (Heidi) to join our male (Hamish). Heidi came to us from Rostock Zoo in Germany. With only have one bloodline in the UK, it had become impossible to breed and secure healthy bloodlines for preservation of this species throughout the UK. This new bloodline has given several zoos in the UK the opportunity to breed and secure the future of Arctic foxes.
On the 1st May 2023 our Little Heidi gave birth to 8 healthy cubs, we are immensely as team to be sharing this news. The achievement from Wild Discoveries team has been exceptional and the results has now proven to be worth it. The cubs are now starting to emerge from the nesting area and withing the next week or so will be on show for people to see. Our cubs are already planning to move to other zoos to carry on the breeding programme and securing the future of this beautiful species.
The current situation globally, known as Climate Change is the cause of the issue for many species worldwide. This is the case for Arctic foxes too, warmer temperatures, less food and more predators to deal with, their natural environment has become too challenging, and the species is heading to a Vulnerability to extinction situation. Preservation in captivity is vital to secure a future for them.
Wild Discovery has now paired up our Female Emperor Tamarin, these are part of an EEP breeding programme which is a global breeding programme to ensure we have preservation of this species in captivity.
This will enable us to release them back into the wild once we have secured their protection in the Wild.
Captive populations are managed by a Studbook whose job it is to make sure these are animals are paired correctly to ensure we have strong genetics within our captive collections.
We now house one male and one female called Robotnik and Esme. Esme is also pregnant and is due to give birth in the very near future.
We have our annual conservation evening planned for Saturday 19 August 2023.
This is a great opportunity for people to visit the zoo in the evening and learn all about our conservation programmes thorough our interactive talks and demonstrations.
£5 per person from 6pm until 8.30pm all proceeds go towards our conservation programmes.