Skip to main content

No results found

Hanborough Gate banner
What's On, Living, Travel, Country, Knowledge, Science

Keeping Cool at Cotswold Wildlife Park

divider
OX Magazine
Cotswold Wildlife Park Ice Tapirs with keeper Jenni
Ice Tapirs with keeper Jenni - Image: © Cotswold Wildlife Park

With temperatures rising rapidly, the animals at Cotswold Wildlife Park have been keeping cool with a little help from their keepers. They have been treated to delicious ice enrichments and slices of ice-cold refreshing watermelon. Some of the animals have also been cooling themselves down by taking a dip in their pools, especially the Penguins and Capybaras

The scientific name for the Capybara is Hydrochoerus, which means ‘Water Horse’. The best description of these enormous rodents is by zoologist Desmond Morris, who said they were "a cross between a Guinea-pig and a Hippopotamus". Capybaras spend most of their life near water and can stay submerged for several minutes. They can even sleep underwater by leaving their noses exposed to the air.

Chris Kibbey, Section Head of Primates and Small Mammals at Cotswold Wildlife Park explains:

"It’s hot, hot, hot here in the Cotswolds, and keepers have to be prepared to keep themselves and the animals under their care cool. As always, we ensure all animals have access to adequate shade and plenty of water, but with the predicted record temperatures forecast, it also allows us to be a little inventive with our enrichment.

The Lemurs enjoyed slices of cooling watermelon and frozen fruit lollies (made with natural ingredients of course), hung in the aptly named Monkey Puzzle Tree.

Ring Tailed Lemur at Cotswold Wildlife Park
Ring Tailed Lemur at Cotswold Wildlife Park - Image: © Cotswold Wildlife Park

The Meerkats also enjoyed some watermelon, with alpha male Marley dominating most of it. Gomez and Lollie the Tapirs enjoyed a frozen pear and melon treat.

Even the Binturong had some refreshing melon. The keepers are currently decimating the stocks of ice cream and orange lollies from the Gift Shop!"

Dobbie the Binturong at Cotswold Wildlife Park
Dobbie the Binturong at Cotswold Wildlife Park - Image: © Cotswold Wildlife Park

You can visit the animals yourself, why not take the kids along too, there's savings available for online bookings through their portal here:

shop.myonlinebooking.co.uk/cotswoldwildlifepark/buy.aspx?tid=1

RECOMMENDED

hanley main image
Mon 13 Jul 2020

Bringing the Outdoors in

Embracing natural and sustainable materials in your home

Bringing a sustainable and natural aesthetic into our homes is as essential as it is satisfying.

BlenheimPalace Park And Gardens Formal Gardens
Mon 13 Jul 2020

Blenheim Palace

Seventy Years of Visitors

Blenheim Palace and Parkland, deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, should be on your list of must-see places during 2020.

IMG 4633
Mon 13 Jul 2020

Gardens Add Value to Our Lives

With Liz Nicholson

Liz Nicholson, from award-winning landscaping company Nicholsons, considers the many reasons gardens can be so important in our lives.

Fri 10 Jul 2020

The Big Bang

Leafing through gold

Money might not grow on trees… but gold does! The stuff of fantasies – eternal love, gilt castles and paved streets can be found in tiny veins in the