Families can finally escape the sofa to enjoy a wild day out at Merseyside’s Knowsley Safari when it re-opens on Monday 12th April and there’ll be a new rare species for visitors to discover – Grevy’s Zebra, the largest and most endangered Zebra species.
There are less than 2,000 Grevy’s Zebra in the world and Quigley and Ceaba have arrived at Knowsley Safari to mark the beginning of a potential breeding programme. With large, round fluffy ears and narrower, taller stripes compared with Plains and Mountain Zebra, the distinctive Grevy’s Zebra also have unique plain white areas on their stomach and at the base of the tail.
As well as the new animal additions, guests will be able to re-fuel even easier than before on the Foot Safari with several new outdoor catering options including a takeaway Pizzeria and an exciting new Dessert Pod offering sweet treats.
Visitors can also witness Knowsley’s fascinating bush dogs enjoying their new upgraded enclosure after the area was recently landscaped and redeveloped, allowing for additional viewing areas along the Foot Safari. As the world’s smallest pack-hunting dog, these amazing animals have the advantage of webbed feet making them expert swimmers – a significant attribute when surviving in the wild – and live in family packs of a single mated pair and their pups.
While on the Foot Safari guests can spot Amur Tigers, tapir, capybara, meerkats and giraffe. The popular Flight of the Talons bird of prey display happens daily where guests can experience vultures, hawks and stalks feeding, flying and swooping just inches above their heads.
Guests must pre-book online at www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk and with contactless entry and enhanced hygiene regimes and social-distancing measures in place across the Safari’s 550-acre site, guests can be assured of one of the country’s safest days out.
The Knowsley Safari app is the closest thing to a personal tour guide. Download before arrival and visitors can discover fascinating facts about the animals as they spot them first-hand.
Rachel Scott, Head of Marketing, Knowsley Safari, says:
“We are so excited to be re-opening and have been busy preparing so we can offer our guests a fun, safe day out packed with adventure and new experiences.
“The new Grevy’s Zebra have settled in well on the Safari Drive and all the animals – and staff – are ready to welcome visitors back on site. The additional outdoor catering options we’ve installed will provide a new way for people to eat Al Fresco from April and throughout the year, so everyone really can enjoy a full day out in the wild.”
Visitors must book a timeslot online at www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk. Knowsley Safari’s social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures remain to ensure the maximum health, safety and enjoyment for all guests, staff and animals.
Measures include timed and contactless entry, a one-way Foot Safari, socially distanced picnic areas, PPE for staff, protective screens and helpful staff and signage.