WHF open day report…
The Wildlife Heritage Foundation recently had it’s annual open days (17-20 July), I went on the Friday.
We arrived just after 11 and as usual everything was well organised; there are fields that are used for parking on open days, and some of the army of volunteers efficiently guide all the parking. Entrance was smooth and we were given helpful leaflets including a map of the site and the times of events planned for the day.
It was an extraordinarily hot day but even so, some of the cats were very cooperative. The scheduled feeds work well and even if some of the cats don’t want to play, they are cats after all, I see something new and entertaining every time I visit.
The staff and volunteers were on hand all day providing talks and answering questions. I don’t know how they stood the heat! Especially the poor person dressed as a mascot in a full body suit!!
There was plenty of family entertainment including art and craft stalls, face painting, ice cream/drinks/snack sellers – conveniently near lots of picnic tables, inflatables, a fire truck and a bird of prey display. There are several luxury mobile toilets around the site for open days so you won’t be caught out! For me, the cats are enough of a draw, but the birds were a welcome surprise 🙂
My highlights include seeing the Servals fed – One of the keepers, Briony (who it was great to see again) tied a rat to some rope on a stick and the Servals had to work for their food like they would in the wild.
Also, watching an owl fly over some children in the Birds of prey display was fun – I wish they didn’t just ask children, I’d have loved it! 😉
Plus, I enjoyed seeing the progress made on the new builds; the viewing platform for the White lions looks almost done; it just needs stairs! And I saw a Tiger pool and cave under construction too.
I spotted Swallows nesting in the Tiger houses and that was nice to see as well!
So what cats can you expect to see if you visit (and you totally should!):
[Correct to the best of my knowledge at time of writing]
WHF is a registered charity and you can help them with their work…
How to help WHF:
- Donate £
- Donate tools
- Donate Plants
- Fund-raising – WHF now organise fund-raising events such as runs and walks.
- Monthly donations
- Adopt a cat
- Buy an experience – feed a cat, ranger day, photographic day.. [Blog on my Ranger day experience is HERE]
[WHF Vision and mission statement is HERE]
When/How to visit:
- At an open day – 4 days a year, usually in July
- Buy an experience
- Adopt a cat – you are invited to adoption days
- Have your wedding there!
My WHF photos and blogs:
My 2013 open day visit blog CLICK ME