When I was younger I went through a long phase of wanting to be a zoo keeper. I loved spending time with animals when I was little and I used to spend hours at the zoo being fascinated by them. As I grew older I realised my love of writing and my zoo keeper dream took a back seat, but it has always been something I have wanted to try. Yesterday, thanks to Red Letter Days* I finally got my chance to play Zoo keeper at Knowsley Safari Park as I was offered the chance to review their Giraffe Animal Encounters experience.
Knowsley Safari Park, which was opened in 1971 is a zoological park and tourist attraction in the Knowsley area of Merseyside. It is a short drive from Liverpool, Manchester or Chester and is a fantastic day out for any animal lover, old or young. The park features an array of wild animals in enclosures and also an abundance of animals on it's safari park drive, where you can drive through the park at your own leisure, in your own car and see the wild animals roaming free in the park grounds.
As well as the safari drive and animal enclosures, there are daily shows and educational talks on many of the animals and each weekend, there's a few reserved spots for 1-1 animal encounters like my giraffe experience, priced at £69pp. To ensure the animals wellbeing is looked after, they only have one experience per day for two people and I was lucky enough to take yesterday's slot. At 11am yesterday I met the Zookeeper who took me up to the Giraffe feeding area and handed me some branches. I spent thirty minutes feeding the two giraffes and was able to ask as many questions as I wanted about the animals and Knowsley Safari park. The Giraffes were such lovely animals and it was great to get up close to them and have a go at feeding them. I also learnt quite a lot about Giraffes from their dietary needs to why they have such long eyelashes (apparently it's to keep the sun out in the African Savanna). You could tell the animals were really looked after and they responded so well to the zookeeper. It was a lovely, relaxing experience and something I will remember for a long time. I have a newfound love for Giraffes.
Have you been to Knowsley Safari park before?