Yesterday we went to Knowsley safari park. It was AMAZING!!!!
The park was opened in 1970 by the Earl of Derby. It was the first in north of England. Many of the animals from the park are bred here, like elephants, lions, rhino, baboons, deers and the smaller animals too.
The safari starts with Pere David’s deers and fallow deers, the smaller ones. I must admit I had no idea deers can be so big. We also saw buffalos, they were pretty far from us.
I loved the lions, hubby too. We started the first round of safari at 10.30 and we’ve caught them at feeding time. Panthera leo, the lions from Knowsley are on the vulnerable list due to the rise of agriculture and hunting. The asian lion has only 320 lions remaining in the wild.
Is true they can damage the car. A car in front of us had the windshield wiper broken. Also I saw how they can open the car.
Very playful little creatures. At first I was upset we had no monkeys on our car… but that changed when a bunch of monkey-teens found our car to be a perfect playground. At one point we had 4 monkeys on the front of the car, 4 in the back and a few on top. I’m sure it was very funny to look at the car from outside.
White rhino mum and kid. The dad was much bigger. I really love this picture and I saw when the mum gets near her kid, very cute moment. I’ve read they are able to run with 50km/h, very impressive considering their size.
There is another display, a bat forest, but we weren’t allow to take pictures inside. I love bats and the bats were flying around us, what can be more great than that?!
This is an American vulture, a small one. The guide told us very interesting facts about vultures. For example, a lower population of vultures means more diseases because they eat dead animals and their immune system is so good that they actually can eat a dead animal with rabies without harming themselves. So, fewer vultures means the dead animals with rabies (or other terrible diseases) are left on the ground and that leads to other animals or humans getting it.
It was a great experience and, for me, much better than a normal safari in Africa because here the animals are protected and have no predators and they aren’t hunted. The enclosures are huge, the food is great and they benefit from medical attention if it’s necessary.
I will go back to visit them, it was such a joy to see all this animals in a natural environment.