Places to see - Animals and Nature
Gauntlet Birds of Prey Eagle and Vulture Park
Boasting the largest collection of birds of prey in the North West, the Eagle and Vulture Park in Knutsford is a truly spectacular day out. The purpose build centre is home to a selection of eagles, vultures, falcons, kites, hawks and owls. They feature a wide range of activities including flying displays, school visits, children's parties and photography workshops. A breathtaking experience every time.
Knowsley Safari Park
Originally opened to the public in July 1971, Knowsley Safari Park has become one of Merseyside's premier leisure attractions, winning several awards for tourism and its animal husbandry. From endangered species to farm animals the centre hosts a massive array of wildlife including lions, tigers, baboons, rhinos, elephants and sea lions. The park has everything you could imagine with animals roaming free in the natural surroundings, amusement rides, a Safari School, a Bug House, a Woodland Walk and the Mizzy Lake Farm. Why not get involved in one of the Knowsley Safari Park Experience such as 'Keeper for a Day' or take part in the photography and drawing competitions. There's a very amusing sea-lion show not to be missed and with off road 4x4 and quad bike driving there's something for everyone to enjoy. An on-site restaurant and shop to purchase souvenirs complete the family day out too.
Blue Planet Aquarium
A massive living exhibit of nature's most complex and colourful tropical wildlife, the Blue Planet Aquarium at Cheshire Oaks will educate and amaze you. With free standing tanks with the capacity to hold up to 4000 litres and hundreds of different species of fish these fascinating sights of the underwater world are not to be missed. Raise your awareness of the threats to coral reef, learn about the captive breeding process and witness the differences in behaviour of fish during the night and day with specialised tanks. The aquarium is home to some other fantastic features including a tropical river exhibit designed to represent the Amazon River in South Africa, a Lake Malawi replica habitat, mangrove swamps, a coral bay and several rock pools. There is also an amphibians centre hosting an amazing selection of tropical frogs, some of which are the currently amongst the most endangered species in the world. Undoubtedly the main attraction at Blue Planet Aquarium has to be the Aquatunnel. At 70m long, it's one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world and is home to some fascinating underwater creatures. With sharks weighing in at 350lbs and at lengths of 3.2m it's a pretty spectacular experience.
With over 7000 animals and 400 different species, Chester Zoo is the UK's number one zoo. The 110 acre zoo welcomes over one million visitors every year and is an all round family favourite for a truly spectacular day out. Home to thousands of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates, conservation is at the heart of the zoo and so around half of the animals are endangered species. The zoo continually works to hold the highest standards of conservation and care for the animals making a real contribution to saving them from extinction. Not only are there an amazing collection of animals to observe, but there are also some award winning gardens to explore. Furthermore, with new arrivals, special events and guided tours throughout the year, it's an entertaining outing every time.
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