Wildlife Zone Update

September 2019

 

Four month old Archie is enjoying strolls around the Farm with mum Malmo in preparation for Christmas.

Meanwhile it’s rutting time. Rudi and his girls are now in the back field for the breeding season. They can all be a little frisky, grumpy and unpredictable at this time of year so we give them a little privacy. Cupid, Archie and Katinka are still in the front paddock for easy viewing.

August 2019

 

Orion, an European polecat has joined our females Summer and Brook for the summer. It is hoped he may mate them and we’ll be joined by polecat kits in the near future. Watch this space!

 

July 2019

 

Lynx brothers Codrin & Toma arrived at the Wildlife Zone on 30th July from Newquay Zoo.

We’ll update you as they continue to settle in!

 

June 2019

The Lynx habitat is starting to look really dramatic as the enormous deadwood is put in place to create an environment that the animals will find secure and stimulating!

The enclosure is the biggest in the Wildlife Zone at 32m x 10m by 5m high and completes this ambitious project.

 

May 2019

First time mum Malmo gave birth to the first of our reindeer calves on 6th May; a little male that we’ve decided to call Archie after a certain royal baby who was born on the same day.  Archie was closely followed by two female calves born to Holly and Tuli on 12th and 17th May respectively.  These two little ladies have been name Katinka and Saffron.  All three are becoming very playful and can be seen with their mums in the reindeer paddock.

 

April 2019

Training is continuing with the young birds of prey and the pair of barn owls are now flying in tandem. Also, the new silver fox is responding quickly to its feeding training and there are exciting Private Experiences available for visitors involving feeding and training the foxes.

And, if all goes to plan, the reindeer females will be giving birth from the end of May onwards to the first ever reindeer babies born at Green Dragon!

 

 

March 2019

 

The breeding programme is underway for the reindeer herd with females expecting calves in June by which time all will have shed their antlers.

Other breeding programmes will begin when the animals are of age and their mates have been assigned by Green Dragon conservation partners.

 

February 2019

This month we welcomed two female European Polecats that will be joined shortly by a male, leading to a reintroduction programme in conjunction with one of our conservation partners.

Pinemartens and lynx are planned for later in the year.

 

January 2018

Training is continuing with the eagle owl, tawny owls and male kestrel and there has been a breakthrough with the pair of barn owls that are now flying in tandem.

Also, a new silver fox has joined Mr Schofield and is responding quickly to its feeding training. There are exciting Private Experiences available for visitors involving feeding and training the foxes, so book now!

December 2018

Our reindeer have been the stars of the show in the Farmer Christmas Land Experience that has been running this month.

The Wildlife Team have been training the reindeer for Farmer Christmas Land by getting them used to walking in their halters again.

Children were able to feed them with their favourite treat – a Scadinavian variety of lichen that contains the supplements they ned in winter. The beautitul rare breed Crollwitzer turkeys and barn owl, Ron. are also part of the experience.

November 2018

The new Wildlife ‘Hub’, completed during Stage Two of the building project, is proving a great enclosed space for the team to train the young birds of prey.

It’s a huge space that can accomodate large numbers of visitors and school groups undercover.

October 2018

The daily programme of activities for Halloween Halfterm included some fantastic animal encounters and with the addition of the Wild Zone made this year’s Halloween event even more exciting.

All the animals in the Wildlife Zone took part. The ‘H’Owl’ encounter, with the Barn, Little and Eagle owls, was particularly popular with visitors.

September 2018

It was a busy month  with Phase Two of the Wildlife Zone Project. Three enclosures and a food prep. room were added to the Central Hub, creating an huge enclosed undercover space. This will enable our expert staff to exercise the young birds of prey during the winter and will provide a spacious area for school visits and large groups – whatever the weather!

August 2018

Our three new Little Owls arrived just in time for the opening of the Wildlife Zone on the 1st August. It is a great addition to our offer and already very popular with visitors.

All the new animals are settling in well, in addition to our new expert team which is responsible for the welfare and training of the animals. Having the wildlife has made our daily encounters programme even more exciting for our visitors with informative talks, displays and tours by the staff.

  Soft Launch – 21st August

Green Dragon friends, annual passholders and crowdunding campaign supporters were invited to a soft launch of the Wildlife Zone to celebrate its opening.

After ‘farm to fork ‘ refreshments and a talk about the project from general manager, Jay Wood, guests enjoyed a tour of the Wildlife Zone with animal encounters, talks and displays making a lovely summer evening for all concerned.

 

June 2018

In spite of wet weather progress is still being made on the Wildlife Zone. The huge enclosures continue to go up  – the one for the golden eagle is 24m long which will give her plenty of room to exercise.

The access track to the Wildlife Zone is now open so visitors can view progress and the reindeer herd that are now installed in their new enclosure.

We’ve just taken delivery of a pair of young ravens. They are just nine weeks old and fully feathered but already large and boisterous.

They were removed from a private collection where they had been hand-reared, making them friendly to their handlers. The plan is to continue this close contact so they continue to be friendly for the benefit of visitors.

As they are male and female and unrelated, we will be able to breed from them in the future.

May 2018

The building of the Wildlife Zone is now underway and will be finished ready for the beginning of the school Summer holidays. The plan is to create large naturalistic habitats and enclosures for the wildlife that will include new trees and hedging and interpretation signage.

This silver fox came to us this month as a rescue after living in unsuitable conditions as a pet. The Silver Fox is a melanistic form of the red fox. Melanism is a development of the dark-colored pigment and is the opposite of albinism.

We are pleased to offer him a home here at the Farm. He is settling in at Pets Corner while we’re building a large enclosure for him in the Wildlife Zone

 

The first of the enclosures are going up which is very exciting.  Luckily the weather has, on the whole, been kind to us and we’re making great headway.

The enclosures are of a bespoke modular design, constructed by a local carpenter. Five metres high by eight metres across, they will provide ample space for the wildlife that will soon make them their home.

The new reindeer house has also just been installed. It will stand at the entrance to the Wildlife Zone when works are completed by the end of July.

There will be two acres of paddocks, including a large one for the main herd and a smaller for the females when in calf.

April 2018

The building of the Wildlife Zone is now underway and will be finished ready for the beginning of the school Summer holidays. The plan is to create large naturalistic habitats and enclosures for the wildlife that will include new trees and hedging and interpretation signage.

Some of the animals will be rescued native wildlife and rehomed animals from other wildlife parks. A few of these have arrived early so enclosures have been built at Pets’ Corner to accommodate them until the permanant enclosures are ready.

These temporary enclosures will allow these animals to settle in, get to know our staff and be monitored for health and well-being, whilst they wait for their new large purpose-built facilities to be ready.

The first post went in at the beginning  of April to start the 1000m of fencing for the deer enclosures and reserve boundary. In order for visitors to access the reserve a new track is being constructed from Pets’ Corner to the reserve.

 

July 2019

 

Lynx brothers Codrin & Toma arrived at the Wildlife Zone on 30th July from Newquay Zoo.

We’ll update you as they continue to settle in!