Want to know a little more about our biggest animals here at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm? These majestic animals are certainly worthy of an introduction! If you’re the sort of person who likes to do their homework, here is some interesting information about our largest animals, so you will know their names and something about them before you come and meet them for yourself…
Buta, our African Elephant from Knowsley Safari Park, celebrated her 30th birthday this year, and shares Elephant Eden (described as a “Five Star destination for elephants”) with Janu and M’Changa. The African Bush Elephant is the largest living terrestrial animal, and they’re also amongst the world’s most intelligent species.
Our beautiful Giraffes are called Gerald, Genevieve, George and Geoffrey. If you haven’t seen one up-close before, you’ll be amazed at the height of them; giraffes are around six feet tall when born and can grow up to be 20 feet! As a result, they are the tallest mammals in the world. Come and wave hello to our tall friends when you’re visiting Noah’s Ark.
Zulu and Masai, our African Lions, are now five and a half years old and moved to Noah’s Ark from Linton Zoo, Cambridgeshire, back in February 2010. Last year, they were joined by lionesses Arusha and Vilma – sisters from the same parents, but different litters. The lions spend most of the day resting and have sporadic bursts of energy throughout the night.
After elephants, Rhinos are the second biggest land mammal in the world. Our white rhinos here at Noah’s Ark are named Rumba and Rumbull and they eat a diet of grass and hay – and lots of it! They also eat hay when grass is in short supply, and enjoy flaked maize (which is similar to Corn Flakes!). Our rhinos are from South Africa, so they don’t particularly enjoy this cold weather – they need electric heaters on really chilly days to keep them warm.
Every stripe pattern on every zebra is completely unique, and so are our wonderful Chapman’s Zebras, Zebedee, Zara, and family. The Chapman’s Zebra is native to Southern Africa from Angola to the Transvaal. They are currently at low risk status on the endangered species list, but are victims of habitat destruction and illegal poaching in the wild. In the wild, they are said to live up to 20-30, whereas in captivity they have been known to live up to 38.
So, now you know a little more about our resident large animals, come and visit Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm and say hello! At the moment, we are offering 20% off all day ticket admission for December and January, meaning cheaper entry for the winter season – so there’s no excuse not to visit.