Posted by Dawn Heaps on Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Oh what a day we have had today!! The sun was shining brightly but the smiles shone even brighter as we experienced the magic of being up close to the animals.
The lion enclosure was especially magical today as the pride had just been fed when we arrived so the children got to see them eating and playing together. The cubs were very playful, jumping on each other and their mothers. The children were thrilled when the pride moved and came alongside the car, enabling them to really see the lions and the male's mane.
The baboons were also a hit with them hitching a ride on our wing mirrors, peering in through the windows. The children loved watching one climb up onto the roof then slide down the back window before jumping down onto another child minder's car behind us.
Talking to the children about animals is good, showing them pictures in books or providing small world toys helps them to identify animals, but nothing compares with the children being able to see the real thing, doing what they do and making the sounds I can only try to mimic. We had lots of roaring children in the car on the way home!
I would recomend Knowsley Safari Park to all parents and colleagues. It is not too expensive, especially as children under 3 go free, and they have added new play areas and attractions. Hopefully we will be going again soon.