A postcard from… the Highland Wildlife Park, Scotland (April 2017)

Images taken at Highland Wildlife Park. April 2017.

As annual members of our local Marwell Zoo in Hampshire, we can gain free entry to a number of other UK zoos for one visit per year. Included in those is the Highland Wildlife Park, so we took the opportunity to visit on our recent trip to Scotland. It was great to see a range of different animals we hadn’t encountered at other zoos, such as polar bears and super-cute arctic foxes. It was interesting to learn that the wildlife park devotes more space to polar bears than any other zoo in the world and the enclosure for the female polar bear looks particularly spacious and includes a pond, plus some trees she seems to enjoy having a bit of a scratch on as you can see in the photo! It was also lovely to hear that one of the park’s snow leopards, Animesh, was born at Marwell and we’d previously seen her there as a cub. Being within the Cairngorms National Park, the land is naturally rugged and hilly, creating interesting enclosures for the animals to explore. There were also some great viewpoints around the park, to take in the amazing sights of the snowy peaks in the distance.

 

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8 thoughts on “A postcard from… the Highland Wildlife Park, Scotland (April 2017)

  • May 6, 2017 at 11:28 am
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    This looks like a fab zoo to explore, it’s great that they’ve got such a large range of animals to see, many of which are unusual. The kids look like they loved exploring the Highland Wildlife Park, running from enclosure to enclosure. With such beautiful scenery and so many animals I would love to visit one day!

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

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  • May 6, 2017 at 8:45 pm
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    Gosh, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a polar bear in a zoo before. They’re enormous!
    There look to be lots of interesting creatures there. I’ll have to remember this place if we’re ever that far north.

    #countrykids

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  • May 6, 2017 at 11:27 pm
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    Ohh my little girls would be so envious. She is desperate to see the polar bears and this is one of the rare places that still has them. Mich x #CountryKids

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  • May 7, 2017 at 10:13 pm
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    I didn’t know we’d got a polar bear or a snow leopard in a UK zoo. Wow. Sounds like a great day out #CountryKids

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  • May 8, 2017 at 2:42 pm
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    Beautiful photos of what looks like a great day out. At least in the Scottish Highlands, polar bears and arctic foxes are not totally out of their element.
    #CountryKids

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  • May 9, 2017 at 10:13 am
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    What a lovely place and I love they have given the animals, especially the polar bear, so much room #countrykidsfun

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  • May 11, 2017 at 5:31 am
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    Polar bears are one of my favourite although Scotland is a bit far for a day trip I’d we are ever up that way we will bare it in mind x #countrykids

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