Feeling brave? We invite, no, we dare you, to come along and get close to our stripey guys and gals in this exclusive small group event in honour of International Tiger Day. This is not for the faint hearted….up for the challenge? Then read on….
We'll want you here bright eyed and bushy tailed to begin your day, we'll start by collecting the tigers morning treats from our animal kitchen where you will learn all about their nutrition and health/feeding regimes…..pffft that's easy I hear you say…..I wouldnt get too comfy as now we head to the tiger enclosure, polish of your nerves of steel en-route cos we're going in!
We'll go into the outdoor enclosure for an exclusive tiger's-eye view of the park, learn about the enrichment activities and how the environment is designed to create the most natural environment possible. If you still have the bottle, we'll then head into the indoor tiger house to meet these guys face to face….you will practically feel their breath on your face as you hand feed these magnificent creatures and learn all about their care regime, the benefits of our keepers being able to get this close and the threats they face in the wild. We'll show you how we monitor their health, well-being and weight management. Now, the guys will be chomping (pardon the pun) to get out for some fresh air and to stretch their paws, once they've gone, the dirty work starts. You'll help us with the morning clean, we'll do a pooh pick (if you're lucky we'll give you some gloves J), replenish the beds and all in all make sure these guys have a home fit for the kings and queens that they are.
Once you're feeling tougher than Rocky himself, we'll head off to the Maki restaurant for a bacon buttie and a brew for the purrrrfect end to, what we are sure will be, a "roaring" success of a morning.
Now for the serious bit – for health and safety reasons this event is only open to those aged 7 and above but fear not my friends, we are offering the little ones in the family a lemur feed and count event this same morning– they'll need to be accompanied by an adult but our aim is to enable families to arrive and start off together, divide off for the respective activities and meet up at the end of both events for breakfast before enjoying the rest of the day in the park.
Children will receive a Save the Tiger themed interactive activity pack to raise awareness of the plight of the Tiger that they can complete during the rest of the day.
The experience starts at 8am and runs until 1pm though your welcome to stay until 5pm closing exploring the zoo.