28.07.2005 19 °C
We know the people who run Shepreth Wildlife Park - just down the road. Its a super little park that has loads of rescued wildlife including 2 wolves called Ishka and Odin
two tigers, Rana and Amba (this one's Rana)
as well as spider monkeys, Turtles, a Buzzard, prairie dogs, Wallabies and so on - there are just hundreds of creatures at this park!
We took my cousin, Bodhi, to visit the park and were lucky enough to hold a fox cub and the buzzard and then we got to play with the wolves who were so excited to have people visiting them they were just running around like crazy! Ishka, the female, was seriously molting and, when she wasn't running about she'd fall flat on her back for her tummy to be rubbed. Odin was calmer and jsut in heaven when you patted him. (As a bit of background Anton used to volunteer at the park and played with the wolves quite a lot so they are super good around him. The wolves were caught being brought into the country by a film company, from eastern Europe. They have been highly socialised and well trained for their film work so they are incredibly good with people. The authorities rehomed Ishka and Odin at Shepreth because the park has a lot of experience with wolves!)
I took my camera and my new zoom lens with me and caught some fantastic photos of the spider monkeys and the prairie dogs but by far the best were of the tigers being fed. For the carnivorous animals the keepers hide their food around their enclosures so they have to hunt around to find it as a bit of stimulus. There is a massive big pole to one end of the Tigers area with a tyre hung on it. As you can see from the photos above Rana found the lump of meat in the tyre and had a good time jumping up to retrieve it! I managed to get half a dozen photos of Amba and Rana making the most of their meals before we went off to see the otters and look for ice cream.
After making sure we had seen everything including the chipmunks, the lizard and snake room and the rest of the monkeys it was time to head off! Good times!
If you are ever in the area looking for something ot do get down to Shepreth. Darned fine wildlife park!