Be a zoo keeper for the day

Date Posted: 06/03/2013

New for this year at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, based in Burford in Oxfordshire, is its Junior Keeper Experience, giving pupils the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at the park and help look after the animals.

Children in the age ranges of seven to 11 years and 12 to 16 years can gain hands-on experience of working with the park’s collection of animals, and meet some of the keepers who look after them. Each child will work with one keeper in a group of up to four children.

The Junior Keeper experience runs from 9.30am to 1pm and includes up-close activities such as mucking out and feeding some of the animals, as well as learning about the assortment of enrichment techniques the park uses to ensure its animals are kept well stimulated.

Students will receive a gift pack and certificate as a souvenir of their day, and a light snack is included mid-morning.

World's ‘longest’ lizard arrives at the park

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens has also recently reintroduced the world’s longest lizard to its reptilian residents.

The Reptile House is now home to the park's first Crocodile Monitor (Varanus salvadorii). Some say this is the world's longest lizard and the species can reach over eight feet in length.

Although nowhere near the weight or bulk of their closely related cousins, the infamous Komodo Dragon, they are surprisingly agile for lizards of this size.

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens offers a wide range of talks and activities for visiting school groups.

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