Water, cats and a range of new events

Serval cat at Drusillas SUS-160122-140642001
Serval cat at Drusillas SUS-160122-140642001

There are a range of new attractions coming up at Drusillas Park this year... including a fresh home for the serval cats and a water feature experience for children.

During the winter months renovation work has also been underway on an impressive new serval house.

Cool cats, Benson and Kariba were introduced at Drusillas in 2006 and are the zoo’s purrfect couple. Once completed their new home will provide them with a host of creature comforts including two large indoor rooms, an introduction area, a raised rockery and a larger, lighter outdoor stomping ground. There will also be improved viewing opportunities for visitors to see these magnificent moggies at close quarters.

Opening at Easter, Get Wet is Drusillas Park’s brand new attraction for 2016. Following a £300,000 investment, it promises to be the ultimate splash pad experience and a fountain of fun for children of all ages.

The colourful 200 squ m installation will replace part of the current play area and include a thrilling collection of water jets, ground geysers, twirling streams and spiralling sprays.

Drusillas always has a varied and fun diary of events on offer with some notable new additions for 2016.

Making their debut appearances at the Park, Bing and Flop will appear on Thursday February 18, Thursday June 2 and Wednesday August 17 and The Gruffalo will be popping in on Wednesday March 30 too. Don’t miss these much loved characters as they meet and greet visitors at intervals during the day in the Events Arena. Plus there will be all the old favourites including Hello Kitty, Peppa Pig and George, Leo and Raph from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ben and Holly. Please see www.drusillas.co.uk for full dates and details.

And or the first time, Drusillas will be running a summer club designed for six to 10-year-olds. Supervised by Head of Education James Woodward, Zoo Summer Club will run from August 2 to 4 and August 9 to 11, with the opportunity to attend one, two or three days each week.

Children will get nose to nose with nature as they learn about the animals and their surroundings. Call the Education Department on 01323 874117 or education@drusillas.co.uk

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