Tuesday, 11 March 2014

#CountryKids at Lakeland Wildlife Oasis

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

With it being nice at the weekend my mum and I decide we needed to all get out and make the most of it. The hard thing was getting everyone to agree so in the end we headed to the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis which isn't too far away on the A6. We hadn't been since before my son started school so it had been a while!

When we arrived it was just about time for the meet the bugs talk so we headed to the inside exhibits first. These take you through a fascinating journey through evolution:


My son's favourite shell

There was plenty of hand on stuff including this magnifying glass:

Examining bugs close up

Or this bugatelle where your choices of things such as number of legs resulted in a different bug at the bottom. Both my two had several goes on this:


Bugatelle
Bugatelle

Then we got into the actual live exhibits. My son was entranced by the leaf cutter ants who were so busy going back and forth from their colony collecting food:


Leaf cutter ants foraging
Leaf cutter ants foraging

He was quite happy to stay there whilst big sister was keen to handle bugs including this cockroach:


Girl holding a cockroach
Girl holding a cockroach

Only the keeper was allowed to hold this nasty looking scorpion:

Scorpion
Scorpion

My daughter did also have a stick insect on her hand though interestingly she was less keen on this than the cockroach:


Girl holding stick insect
Girl holding stick insect

Eventually as it was nearly snow leopard feeding time we dragged the children away from the creepy crawlies and outside. There were plenty of cute furry creatures to see and one of the fun meerkat bubbles for the children:


Looking for meerkats
Looking for meerkats

Typically the meerkats were hiding in their nice warm hut but they did pop out to say hello! My children then burned off some energy in the little play area:


On the monkey bars
On the monkey bars

The snow leopards are in an enclosure right at the end of the zoo. What made it really special was the see through viewing tunnel that we could walk in and get really close up to them:


snow leopard viewing tunnel
"Look up there!"

We were so close it was almost as if you could stroke their tails:


'Stroking' the snow leopard's tail
'Stroking' the snow leopard's tail

Their paws were right above our heads:


Snow leopard paw
Snow leopard paw

Whilst waiting for feeding time there was time to make the most of the big bench and large viewing window to admire these beautiful creatures. Such a shame that they have almost been hunted to extinction in the wild so need to be brought up in captivity. 

admiring snow leopards
admiring snow leopards

The leopards knew when the keeper was coming with their food and got quite animated. She had to lock them in their sleeping compartment before she could spread the food around their enclosure so that they would have to hunt for it:


Snow leopard feeding

There was some very close up viewing as the meat was put in a variety of places including the ledge of the tunnel:


Getting close to feeding time
Getting close to feeding time

The leopards seemed to like getting close to the humans. I am not sure who is eyeing up who in this shot:


Eyeballing a snow leopard
Eyeballing a snow leopard

We finally had enough of the snow leopards and headed off to see what else was on offer. This included a walk through aviary:

In the walk through avairy
In the walk through aviary

Like many zoos there was a walk in section with the lemurs. When we first went in the 2 different species of lemur were having a bit of a set to over who was allowed out into the enclosure. Eventually some ring tails managed to get out to eat their dinner:


Watching the ring tailed lemur
Watching the ring tailed lemur

One of my favourite creatures at the oasis was this red squirrel. Its a shame that one of the few places you can get this close to them is in captivity but hopefully the offspring will go on to re-colonise parts of Cumbria:

Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel

We needed warming up with a very nice coffee inside before returning to the inside exhibits. We all had a go at lifting the amount of plankton a cod needs to eat for us to get one fish finger:


Lifting 28 kg of 'plankton'
Lifting 28 kg of 'plankton'

It was hard to drag my son away from the ants again he was so fascinated! All in all a great little zoo that I am sure we will return to. 




56 comments:

  1. DanielleGraves12 March 2014 23:40

    a photo of my son dressed as the gruffalo

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  2. A family holiday snap

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  3. Christine Caple13 March 2014 22:12

    A family or holiday photo

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  4. one of my kids :-)

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  5. Amanda Mallows14 March 2014 20:25

    I'd love a photo of my little lady, she is growing up so quickly this would be a wonderful keepsake.

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  6. Kirsten Barthy14 March 2014 23:24

    A picture of my daughter and me

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  7. A family photo

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  8. A photo of our little family taken at a wedding last year

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  9. a photo of my kids skiing last year

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  10. a picture of my cat bella

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  11. Jayne Townson16 March 2014 20:34

    a photo of my children

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  12. Natalie Osborne Thomason17 March 2014 02:19

    A holiday photo.

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  13. Blake Ahearne17 March 2014 08:38

    a picture of the kids on their scooters

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  14. I would have a photo of my beautiful baby girl.

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  15. Samantha Atherton17 March 2014 14:00

    I'd choose one of our wedding photos

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  16. I would have one of my baby boy done

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  17. A photo of my kids and puppy.

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  18. stephen holman17 March 2014 19:08

    I'd have a picture of my girlfriend and me on holiday :)

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  19. A picture of my children x

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  20. One of my wedding photos :)

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  21. Natalie Warne17 March 2014 22:31

    A photo of my boyfriend and I in Spain

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  22. Ross Beardsall17 March 2014 22:35

    A photo of my girlfriend and I at the seaside :)

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  23. A photo of my son and Fiance at Alton Towers x

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  24. Justine Meyer18 March 2014 09:54

    a picture of the children

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  25. ♫ Alison M ♪18 March 2014 11:23

    A family photo

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  26. Picture of my little girl :)

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  27. Natalie Henderson18 March 2014 13:47

    A picture of my Dizzy dog!! :-)

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  28. Paula Phillips18 March 2014 16:40

    A photo of my grandchildren.

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  29. a wedding photo

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  30. A nice family shot

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  31. WeeWillieWilkie18 March 2014 20:57

    One of my little girl to give to my mum for Mother's Day :)

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  32. Kristy Leanne Brown18 March 2014 21:13

    I'd love our family portrait on canvas

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  33. Caroline bellamy18 March 2014 21:31

    one of our wedding pics :-)

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  34. My Wedding Day

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  35. A pic from my daughter's wedding

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  36. Jennifer Rhymer18 March 2014 22:31

    I have a beautiful photo of my four gorgeous children laughing together that I would love made into a canvas :)

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  37. my son's portrait

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  38. I would have a photo collage of my son.

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  39. Anne Kiaz Brookes19 March 2014 01:46

    my grandson charlee

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  40. helenthemadex19 March 2014 06:27

    a rare picture of all 7 of my children

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  41. lorraine polley19 March 2014 06:45

    a picture of my grandson daniel 4 wearing his tux and looking like james bond!

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  42. one of my son as gift for inlaws

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  43. a pic of my husband and daughter

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  44. Lyndsey Beckford19 March 2014 12:25

    A holiday photo

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  45. Sophie Louise Buckle19 March 2014 12:49

    one of my son with his daddy

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  46. A family picture

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  47. Kirsty_Mackay19 March 2014 16:23

    A photo of all my children together

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  48. I'd love one of our photos of our favourite place in Yorkshire on a canvas ... a reminder of good times :-)

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  49. My son took some the other day, on the beach, of my granddaughter, and there are a couple that I would love on canvas x

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  50. A picture of my son.

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  51. I was thinking of a collage of my family.

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  52. A photo of my little boy on holiday

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  53. Natalie Crossan19 March 2014 22:34

    a lovely picture of my daughter :D x

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  54. a family pic

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