Saturday, 3 August 2013

Paradise Park. Choughs. Baby pandas on pandacam.This is Cornwall.

Cornwall Council's logo with chough
 and 15 Cornish golden bezants on a black field

Red-billed chough at Paradise Park, Hayle

Paradise Park is Cornwall's top wildlife sanctuary, with a wonderful selection of animals. Twin red panda cubs were born on 25 June which must be the top sight: at the moment they can be seen on Pandacam..  Daily events include feeding times of various animals and a show of eagles, owls and hawks in flight. The sanctuary also breeds choughs which have always been associated with Cornwall  and are on Cornwall Council's coat of arms. The breed had died out in Cornwall in 1973 but the park is releasing choughs they have bred to secure their future in the wild, hopefully on Cornish cliffs as of old. 

There are over 650 birds in the park including parrots, flamingos, toucans and choughs. Red squirrels, red pandas, otters and a miniature farm with donkeys, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs look healthy and happy in good enclosures. 

For wet days or dry the indoor JungleBarn Play Centre is always popular.

Although education is commendable, getting the scoop on the poop and sniffing out the poo pale in comparison with the many more interesting things to do in Paradise Park.

This is Cornwall‎ keeps people well-informed of what's on in Cornwall via email. Their latest bulletin features Paradise Park's extraordinary idea to keep children amused during the lengthy UK school holidays:  

  Summer Holiday Poop Trail

            "Animals come in all different shapes and sizes and so does their poo!

Well here is your opportunity to get the scoop on the poop with Paradise Parks fun educational summer ‘Poop trail’ running right through the summer holidays.

You can learn how animals and birds use poop to define territory, establish status, find mates, build houses, and keep in touch with the rest of the species. Poop is also an ideal way of studying an animal without having to capture it... now that’s nifty.
So this summer holidays come and sniff out the clues and look out for piles of info on this fun and educational trail.

Once you have completed the Poop Trail, you can claim your official ‘Paradise Park Professor of Poop’ Certificate which will recognise your excellence in this field!

Daily, until Tuesday September 03".