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Marwell wild life
Marwell Wildlife Park (Winchester, Hants)
Member Name: sujipall
Marwell Wildlife Park (Winchester, Hants)
Advantages: Fun day out with kids, Lot of wild animals to see and nice play area for kids
Disadvantages: Bad weather can ruin our fun
My son is 3 now and he very well knows wild animals. He sometimes pretends to be a Tiger or sometimes a Monkey or a Tortoise. Seeing his interest we planned to take him to zoo for the weekend day out.
On searching the internet we came across Marwell Wildlife and preferred to go here as the location was only 20 miles from our residence and the information given in the website was very impressive.
We booked our tickets online as we get 5% discount on our tickets.
There are two types of ticket prices one with donation and other without donation. We paid a total of £45.52 for me, my husband and our kid who is 39 months. Children less than three years can go free. Thought the prices are bit pricey the money will indeed go for the maintenance of Marwell Wildlife Park which is an action oriented conservation charity.
On entering the entrance we immediately got our tickets as we booked online and we can buy a guide for £3. I was very impressed with the variety of animals being taken care of. The animals had good roaming place available and the areas were clean and not smelly. We saw Tigers, Rhinoceros, Meerkats, tortoise, cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Colobus monkeys, Ostrich, swans, penguins. On seeing some animals I felt like some cartoon characters were coming to life like Meerkats, penguins which I have seen for the first time here. There are under water windows where we can see the penguins diving in the water and there is a sound system which replicates the sound of an ocean which makes the penguin area look more real.
There is a tropical area which resembles a tropical rain forest. It has a collection of tropical plants of exotic fruits and exotic flowers. There are animals like leaf cutter red ants securely placed in a glass box, butterflies, spider and many more. There are fish floating in a small pool of clear water which is fun to watch. There are poisonous frogs in an amazing green and black colour with red eyes. The information about these species is clearly mentioned there. This was a stunning experience for us.
There is a nice play area for kids which includes rope climbing, three slides, bridges and climbing frames. There are many benches around the play area where we can sit and relax or enjoy our snacks. I observed many people bringing packed lunches and snacks and enjoying in the open areas.
There the Ark Gift Shop which has lot of animal cuddle toys, children drink bottles and lot more. There is a cafe within the ark shop. There is a free bus which takes us around some places of the park. Also there is a train service which charges two pound per head. It takes around the park and is twenty minutes ride to and fro.
There is a 'what not to buy' shop which gives us information what animal products not to buy which includes animal skins etc.
Marwell wild life park are doing an excellent job by conserving various animals which are standing in the line of extinction. Any one interested in this wild life park can visit their website www.marwell.org.uk .
Overall it is a nice day out with kids which is both entertaining and educative for the kids and adults too.
Summary: An organisation with good motive
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