Longleat Safari Park

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Longleat Safari Park
Longleat Safari Park is located in Wiltshire
Longleat Safari Park
Longleat Safari Park
Red pog.svg Longleat Safari Park shown within Wiltshire
Type Safari Park
Location Wiltshire
Nearest city Warminster
OS grid ST818434
Coordinates 51°11′24″N 2°15′40″W / 51.19°N 2.261°W / 51.19; -2.261Coordinates: 51°11′24″N 2°15′40″W / 51.19°N 2.261°W / 51.19; -2.261
Area 9,000 acres (36.42 km2)
Created 1966
Designer Jimmy Chipperfield
Camp sites Yes
Website http://www.longleat.co.uk/

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, in Wiltshire, England was opened in 1966 and was the first drive-through safari park outside Africa.[1][2][3] The park is situated in the grounds of Longleat House, an English stately home that attracts tourists and is the current home of the 7th Marquess of Bath. The safari park was the first of its kind anywhere in the world and was considered to be a massive breakthrough in the way in which captive animals were kept, with the animals roaming freely and the visitors in cages (cars). Longleat Safari Park and the concept of safari parks were the brainchild of Jimmy Chipperfield (1912–1990), former co-director of Chipperfield's Circus.[4]

Today Longleat's collection comprises over 500 animals, and the whole estate is situated on 9,000 acres (36.42 km2) of Wiltshire countryside.

The Safari Parks Reserves[edit]

Other attractions[edit]

The estate is open to the public with the various attractions being individually priced. A 'passport' ticket providing one admission to each attraction is available at a discount.

  • Longleat House
  • Gardens and Grounds
  • Lord Bath's Murals
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Bat Cave
  • Jungle Kingdom
  • Hunters of the Sky
  • Parkland Deer Feeding
  • Motion Simulators
  • Animal Adventure
  • Longleat Hedge Maze
  • Jungle Express railway
  • Postman Pat Village
  • Adventure Castle
  • King Arthur's Mirror Maze
  • The Life and Times of Henry, Lord Bath
  • Family Bygones
  • 'Meet My Ancestors' Film
  • Longleat House Scale Model
  • Rockin Rhino

Jungle Cruise[edit]

The Jungle Cruise involves taking a short trip around the park's lake, which houses a large family of sea lions, the dominant male of which is called Buster, and a pair of hippos. Aboard, it is possible for £1.00 to receive a cup of fish pieces to throw to the sea lions, who naturally follow the boat and bark for food.

Jungle Kingdom[edit]

This attraction opened in 2011 and is the first step in a long redevelopment programme of the park as set out by new CEO David Bradley. The first section is within the former Pets Corner area, and includes walk-through exhibits for meerkats and chipmunks (the former is the first of its kind in the UK) along with themed enclosures for otters, binturong, coatis, porcupines, giant anteaters and mara. The second section built between Jungle Kingdom and Animal Adventure includes the Monkey Temple which allows marmosets to run free around the visitors from mock temple ruins, and the lorikeet feeding station where visitors can buy pots of nectar to feed to Rainbow Lorikeets in a walk-through aviary. Otters and barn owls can also be found in this area.

Animal Adventure[edit]

Animal Adventure Rabbit

Containing many animals previously kept in Pets Corner, there are many exotic and familiar mammals, birds, reptiles and insects on display, including Macaws, Rabbits, Tortoises, Iguanas, Kune Kune Pigs, Armadillos, Siberian Weasels, Rock Hyrax and many more. A walk-through butterfly hot house and handling areas for small mammals, reptiles and invertebrates allow visitors to gain direct contact with the animals.


In the media[edit]

Animal Park[edit]

Longleat was the subject of BBC's long running Animal Park series, hosted by Kate Humble and Ben Fogle.

Roar[edit]

Roar is about the animals and keepers at Wild Animal Parks. It is similar to anther BBC series, Animal Park, filmed at Longleat Safari Park. From series 6, it has moved from Howletts and Port Lympne to Longleat.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mary Chipperfield, Lions on the Lawn (1971)
  2. ^ The lions and loins of Longleat The Sunday Times Retrieved 18 February 2011
  3. ^ New Scientist 2 Dec 1982 Retrieved 18 February 2011
  4. ^ Great dynasties of the world: The Chipperfields The Guardian Retrieved 18 February 2011

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