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The closest many people will ever get to amazing animals
West Midland Safari and Leisure Park (Worcestershire)
Member Name: taker4376
West Midland Safari and Leisure Park (Worcestershire)
Advantages: Lots to see and do
Disadvantages: Prices and the leopard enclosure
On my latest visit to see my brother he decided that we would go to the West Midlands Safari Park. I love animals and want to eventually go to Africa to work with lions and so he knew that I would enjoy it.
Luckily we had some Tesco Clubcard vouchers which were really useful with 4 of us going as it can end up being a very expensive day out. The prices are as follows:
Adults -£12.95 per person
Children - £11.50 per person
Under 3's - Free
Senior Citizens - £11.50
Disabled - £11.50
Students - £11.50
Family Admission Ticket (Admits 2 adults & 2 children)- £44.00
Once you have been once you also get a free return ticket which is an amazing offer! The park is generally open from around 9am-6pm and it is best to get there early as the park can get very busy.
The safari park is amazing. If you are worried about your car being attacked by animals then don't be. There are no monkeys at this park and the other animals are not interested unless you have food. There are also rangers around in every area to drive off any over zealous animals, not that they were needed when we were there. The only problem we came upon was an ostrich who enjoyed pecking wing mirrors. We did see a couple of cars break down, in which case you need to beep your horn and a ranger will drive over. There are lots of hills and so your clutch will take a bit of a bashing, especially if it is busy. All windows, doors and sunroofs must be closed and locked in the more dangerous areas but big cats aren't generally too active during the day and so there is nothing to worry about.
The park is a great way to get up close to animals which are normally seen by most of us behind bars in small enclosures. These animals can wonder around in quite large areas relatively freely. The animals range from all sorts of different deer to wallabys, wolves, wild dogs, tigers, lions, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, buffalo and hippos. You can drive around as slowly as you want, stopping for as long as you want in the enclosures. We did have to wait in lines of traffic for the tiger enclosure but other than that we were relatively unrestricted. We did find that as the weather was quite drizzly while we were driving around that the carnivorous animals tended to be asleep or sheltering which was a little disappointing, so I would recommend that you check the weather before you go and choose a nice day.
My favourite enclosure had to be the white lions. This rare breed is totally extinct in the wild and the West Midlands Safari Park has a whole pride and is doing wonders to try and breed them! The worst enclosure was the leopard enclosure which was placed near the theme park and was more like a zoo. They were behind glass and did not have nearly half the room that the other animals had. I really could not understand the logic of this. I was very impressed with the rest of the park but this is one of the reasons I could not give it 5 stars!
It took us 3 and a half hours to get around the park. By which time we were starving. Luckily we had taken our own picnic because prices were pretty high. There were lots of benches to eat on and lots of different places to buy food, including a restaurant. There is another section in the park which is a theme park with rides. If you take the kids this area will seriously hike up the price of your day out as the rides are not included in the price of the ticket. The minimum price is £6 and you can buy a wristband for between £7.75 and £11 which means you can get on all the rides. There are height restrictions on rides. There are also lots of stalls to win cuddly toys etc. There are plenty of gift shops which are unbelievably pricey and all sell the same thing. I can understand the need to earn money to keep the upkeep of the park up but I think they have gone a bit too far with the gift shop prices!
In the theme park area there is also a reptile house, bat house, mini aquarium area and a sea lion show. The sea lion show was disappointing. Lasting only 10 minutes and with about 3 tricks but it was free.
I had an amazing day out and loved seeing all the animals so close and clearly. It is an fantastic learning opportunity for kids but also pretty expensive for a large family or demanding children.
Summary: Well worth a visit and then a free return visit too!
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