The BIG animal count at Cotswold Wildlife Park
Counting all creatures, great and small at Cotswold Wildlife Park.
It’s one of the biggest tasks in the Park’s calendar. Every year, the keepers embark on the mammoth assignment of counting every single creature for the annual animal count. This is no mean feat, considering Cotswold Wildlife Park is currently home to over 1259 animals from over 269 species including 339 invertebrates, fish and reptiles.
Once counted, everything is logged on the Park’s computer record system called ARKS (Animal Record-Keeping System). It contains every aspect of any creature’s history, including illness and vaccination records and how often, with who and when it has mated.
Some are considerably easier to count than others! The slow-moving Sloths and Giant Tortoise are a breeze when compared to the Giant African Landsnail youngsters, of which there are several hundred (and counting!) The Tropical House (home to Rodrigues Fruit Bats, Sloths, birds and amphibians) is equally a challenge for keepers. The vast leaves from tropical plants make an ideal camouflage for its many inhabitants.
Park Curator, Jamie Craig, says: “We like to keep our animals in natural environments, but these often make good hiding places. The birds in particular can catch us out. Our Hammerkops build large, elaborate nests in their enclosure. A few years ago, we discovered one we didn’t know we had... and they are fairly big birds! "
- 2010 was a very important year for Cotswold Wildlife Park as Oxfordshire’s first ever Giraffes arrived.
- It became the first zoological collection in the UK to successfully breed African Open Billed Storks! Also, for the first time in ten years, the beautiful Blue Winged Kookaburras successfully bred.
- Cotswold Wildlife Park became the only other collection in Europe to keep Lace Monitor Lizards. They are the largest lizard in Australia!
Cotswold Wildlife Park opens its doors at 10am every day except Christmas Day, with last admission at 3.30pm during winter and 4.30pm in the summer months.
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