Bassenthwaite; Lakeland Wildlife Park, Cumbria

by Veronica

North Cumbria near the English borders with Scotland is not where you'd expect to find unusual wildlife. Think again.

Set in 24 acres of beautiful countryside, the Lake District Wildlife Park has over 100 species of animals. I am usually opposed to zoos and such but these animals are beautifully looked after in wide open lakeland moorlands and are well cared for.

Starting life as a farm, it became Trotters World of Animals and developed into the Lake District Wildlife Park. It has become a centre for conservation, education about animals.

It is about fifteen minutes from Keswick.

The park's location north of Keswick

Displays and handling

During the day there are regular displays and animals handling sessions where the staff and keeper share their knowledge. They are very patient. The rabbits were well chosen for even the youngest children to touch. They were so gentle. The staff give clear instructions to wash hands after all sessions and there is a hygiene station with anti bacterial products to use freely during the visit.

Animal handling sessions
Animal handling sessions
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birds of prey.
BIrd of prey display.
BIrd of prey display.
The large owl
The large owl

Look at the wingspan on that bird on the left of the first picture. The vulture was feeling uncooperative that day though. It sat for 45 minutes on a post and wouldn't move. The bird keeper's knowledge was outstanding.

The vulture wouldn't join in.
The vulture wouldn't join in.

Just some of the beautiful animals

meerkats

The meerkats are a huge favourite with Brits and their area was always full of visitors. They seem to have sharp hearing and their ears twitch as they focus in on sounds.  One of them seems to be a digger.

digger meerkat
digger meerkat
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Meerkats
Meerkats
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Kookaburra
Kookaburra
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Kookaburra above

This bird was so beautiful. His  feathers looked as soft as silk and he sat still and patient.

capybara
capybara
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The Capybara was like an over sized guinea-pig!

When I looked into one pen I thought nothing was in there. But when I glanced into a corner a new born tapir was sleeping. Stunning to see. My photo couldn't do it justice because of the angle but I was pleased with the result because it was just as it was. Natural. It was a privilege to see.

Baby tapir sleeping
Baby tapir sleeping
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The dwarf zebu were very interesting with a small hump on their back. I couldn't see what the natural purpose of the hump would be.

humped back dwarf zebu
humped back dwarf zebu
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Micro pigs
Micro pigs

The park has started a breeding programme of Micro pigs and is an important centre for this.

There is a huge zebra field
There is a huge zebra field
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Waterside bird
Waterside bird
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I couldn't find out what this bird was called but it was sos till and beautiful. I wondered if it was a heron.

RHEGED

And, of special interest to me of course, there was a  display of the ancient Celts who had lived in this area of Britain in ancient times when it was called RHEGED   A lovely addition to the site and excellent historical information too.

This is a beautiful attraction in one of England's most beautiful places.

Celt display board
Celt display board
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Oct 2016

Look at these horns
A magnificent specimen
A magnificent specimen

I made a return visit to the park this week and saw this magnificent creature. Just look at those superb horns!

Updated: 10/31/2016, Veronica
 
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frankbeswick on 10/31/2016

The bird in the picture seems to be a heron.

frankbeswick on 10/31/2016

The Celts [Britons] are still there. The Anglo-Saxons never displaced them and they remained, intermarrying with the Norse settlers who came in the ninth and tenth centuries. Few Anglo-Saxons settled in Cumbria.

Veronica on 10/31/2016

I made a return visit to the Wildlife Park this week . I felt these magnificent horns above were worth recording !

Veronica on 07/19/2016

thanks for that !

frankbeswick on 07/19/2016

Strange, isn't it? I have known you since 1957 and only in the last year or so have I learned that you have a talent for photography.

Veronica on 07/15/2016

TY so much. I love taking the photos.We go to the Lakes every Autumn for our wedding anniversary and when we have visited with our children and grandchildren we try to visit here. There is something for everyone here.

candy47 on 07/15/2016

Thank you Veronica for such a lovely stroll through the park. Your photos are stunning!

Veronica on 01/23/2016

Thank you .

Have a good weekend.

frankbeswick on 01/22/2016

Veronica, I think that the pair of us have complementary interests. Clearly, you know more about the Lake District than I do, but I know more about Wales. It makes sense that you write about the Lakes, while I write about other places,such as North Wales. On matters of walking in the Lakes you have much to say, so when the time is right, say what is in your heart and mind. Of course, I have the motive to go to Wales, as I like to visit my daughter in Anglesey, which for those who know not Britain, is a large island off the coast of North Wales.

Veronica on 01/22/2016

It is my favourite part of the lake district and we go at least once a year.


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