We’ve had a busy Easter holiday here at Flamingo Land! With no schools visiting us over the holiday period, our Education team has been hard at work running lots of fun activities for our guests to enjoy. Our Easter trail in particular has been very popular, which led visitors around the zoo to answer a range of egg-themed questions. We were very impressed to find that almost everyone got the answers right, and one lucky guest even won an iPad! We’ve also been brightening up the Muddy Duck Farm with Easter colouring pictures – we laminated every picture returned and hung them up on the fences, and I’m sure you’ll agree they all look lovely! We were aiming to reach all the way round to the rabbits, but did you know that it’s actually hares which are traditionally associated with Easter? The festival is named after Ēostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, whose hare companion helped her to light the dawn. Of course, rabbits and hares, both being able to produce several litters per year, are also seen as symbols of fertility along with the eggs we traditionally give each other. Though we don’t keep hares at the zoo, they are living wild in North Yorkshire, though you won’t often see them as they are fairly shy and only really active at night. You can however see plenty of wild rabbits around the zoo, and at this time of year, many of them have just had babies which are just starting to venture out of their burrows.
Of course, we’ve still been running our usual activities, and our free Meet a Creature sessions have been as popular as ever! Held in the Education Centre at 2:30pm each day, these sessions let you get up close and personal with a range of animals such as snakes, lizards and creepy crawlies. They also tend to be very busy, particularly when the weather’s warm, so we’d recommend arriving early to grab a seat! Another activity which has been extremely popular over the holiday period is our Walk on the Wild Side experience. This two-hour tour is exclusive to our Holiday Village guests and includes private access to some of our animal houses. Personally I think it’s one of the best experiences we offer, so if you think you might be interested, pop into the Holiday Village Reception for more information.