Noah's Ark zoo farm

2022

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GREAT GRIZZLY OUTDOORS; The four-month-old Spectacled bear cubs at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm have been pictured exploring their outside habitat under the watchful eye of mum Madidi. The ‘nursery’ has been made bigger for the twins with lots of space to explore, climb and grow. May half term has a bear-theme to include talks, interactive storytelling and exclusive bear footage on a new cub cam. The zoo’s caterers will be making teddy bear picnic-themed goodies for people to enjoy on their visits. The twins have yet to be named and the keepers are looking for some inspiration for the boy and girl cubs maybe with a South American connection or reference to Paddington. What do you think? Comment on our Nailsea People Facebook page

Vet checks twins progress

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The UK’s second ever Andean twin bear cubs passed with flying colours their first health check by the Noah's Ark Zoo Farm vet.
The Paddington Bear lookalike cubs, now three months old, have spent the past few months in the secluded cubbing den with their mother, Madidi. 
The specially constructed den is fitted with infrared CCTV and microphones and until now, this is how the keepers were monitoring the progress of the cubs and Madidi.
In the early days after the birth, Madidi rarely left the cubs, only for short periods of time to feed.
Despite female adult bears weighing around 80kg, their offspring are only approximately 300 grams and are born blind.
The keepers have observed Madidi closely and noticed her growing confidence in leaving the cubs for longer periods of time. 
The timing of the vet check needed to occur while mum was not in the cubbing den and cubs were not able to follow.
The entire vet check was done as quickly as possible to minimise stress to Madidi. 
Both cubs received a visual check-over, were microchipped, weighed and the vet team were able to identify the gender of each of the cubs.
These first checks revealed that Madidi has a boy and a girl! 
The male cub weighed in at 5.5kg and the female cub at 5Kg. 
Male bears grow up to 30 percent larger than the females. 
Measuring up to 6ft in height and approximately 150kg in weight.
These images are the first colour photos taken outside the dark cubbing den and show their distinctive facial markings that give the bears the name ‘Spectacled bears’. 
They are also famously the inspiration behind Paddington Bear from 'darkest Peru'.
Lead keeper Jayne said: “It is wonderful to watch the development of the cubs. 
"They have grown so much and it’s really interesting to see the differences in the personalities with the female cub being much more vocal and

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inquisitive than her brother.”

They were born in January this year to five-year-old Madidi originally from Chester Zoo and Rasu originally from Zurich Zoo. 
They were originally matched up in 2019 as part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme (EEP).
With only isolated populations of spectacled bears left in the wild, they are vulnerable to extinction.
The birth of these twin bear cubs is a significant achievement of the EEP and Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm helping to preserve these amazing species for future generations.
Spectacled bears originate from South America, with males and females coming together to mate between April-June and spend the rest of the time apart. 
There is typically no paternal involvement in the rearing of cubs. 
There are fewer than 10,000 in the wild.

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Rarity at Wraxall zoo

Noah's Ark is now fully accredited by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
Following a formal application and inspection the Wraxall zoo and farm was told it had 'passed with flying colors'.
The accreditation process includes assessment of the animal welfare and its education programme in place.

Noah's Ark has new RBST signage to explain to visitors what they are doing.
Noah’s Ark curator Chris Wilkinson said: "I am delighted we have been awarded RBST accreditation. 
"This has been a project close to my heart for a long time and we have all been working hard to create a strong programme. 
"It is a great endorsement to receive this accreditation and we are looking forward to continuing to work with the RBST in conserving these rare native breeds and their natural environment, both of which are part of the UK’s national identity and heritage.”
Noah’s Ark, which was originally a dairy farm before its transformation to a farm park in 1999, is proud to home some of the UK’s rarest breeds including Suffolk Punch horses, Whitefaced Woodland sheep, Tamworth pigs and Brecon Buff geese, all of which are priority breeds on the RBST.

The RBST is a national charity working on the survival of the UK’s rarest

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breeds of farm animals and equines. 
They aim to reverse the decline in native livestock breeds by 2028 by demonstrating the economic, social and environmental relevance of native breeds. 
Noah’s Ark is open seven days a week, 10.30am-5pm between February and November.
Ticket prices are seasonal and currently day tickets £20.85 for adults and £16.75 for children.

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The Good News from Noah's Ark

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm won silver for Large Visitor Attraction at the 2022 South West Tourism Awards.

The presentation was at Sandy Park Stadium, Exeter, on Thursday, April 7, celebrating the best tourism and hospitality businesses in the south west of England.

The special awards ceremony was the first ‘in person’ celebration in two years.

It was an extremely competitive year with 476 entries.

The gold went to Minack Theatre an open-air theatre, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea at Porthcurno, four miles from Land's End.

Noah’s Ark shared silver with Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Dorset and the Dorset Museum took bronze.

Visitor experience and events coordinator Rhian Gunstone said: “These awards give us a real opportunity to receive feedback from an independent panel of judges and help us to improve the visitor experience year on year.

“We are extremely proud that this award recognises all the improvements we are continuing to make.

“It is fantastic recognition of our team’s hard work and dedication throughout the pandemic.”

This award follows on from the Bristol Bath and Somerset Awards in February where the zoo was presented via Zoom with the gold for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year.

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 As well the Winner of Winners Award and a silver for education co-ordinator, Paula Tackle as an Unsung Hero.

Visitor operations manager David Bennett said: “This is awesome, yet another award and more recognition for our continued efforts.

“I am so proud to be part of this team.”

And winning awards isn't the onl