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Introducing the Wild Place Project in Bristol

A few weeks ago we were invited to the Wild Place Project in Bristol as guests of Trunki.
I’ll be telling you more about why tomorrow, but for today I thought I’d introduce you to the Wild Place Project, which will mean tomorrow’s post will make perfect sense.

The Wild Place project works in partnership with Bristol Zoo, with the aim of bringing conservation to life.

Arriving at the Wild Place, the ‘project’ about it is more than evident, in every aspect you can sense something else is on the horizon, with a relaxed, homely feel there is an air of ‘but how much better could this be?’
The project focuses on protecting threatened habitats and in doing so a fun learning environment is created as children can travel from the Edge of Africa to Madagascar.

So much was my children’s enthusiasm for everything they took in at the project, the focus of the following day was exploring the globe to understand where exactly the animals came from.
And fortunately for me, after deciding to take the children out of school for the day to visit the project, the number of animals they could recite, and recall their upfront experiences that my guilt eased as I was actually convinced that this was more than educational day out- this had the added benefit of us enjoying the day as a family.
Goat at the Wild Place BristolWhilst walking around I loved the number of parents with babies and toddlers around the project, finding out that an annual pass for an adult is £27, and for a child £18, you can definitely see why*. Nothing is more fun for little ones than running round in wellies and even when the weather is a bit rubbish, being able to run around with lemurs and goats around you must be so much fun.
Reindeer at the Wild Place Project BristolFor my children it was the reindeer and cheetah that made their jaws drop. Admittedly they were a bit despondent that there wasn’t a red nose in the pack of reindeer, and that they couldn’t smooth the cheetah- but the experience of being so close was definitely one not to be forgotten.
Cheetah at Wild Place Project BristolFor me, it was the ring tailed lemurs, I loved the family feel to the session we were able to join. And maybe, my heart melted a little bit when a lemur with twins was identified to us. Broodiness knows no bounds!Ring tailed Lemur with baby twins at Wild Place BristolAll over the project there are animals to be spotted, from wolves and meerkats, to zebras and river hog.
Zebra at the wild place project BristolWith outdoor play areas and an undercover fun fort, there’s lots more to do with a cup of coffee in hand, and with a courtyard café, there’s somewhere to enjoy some lunch too.

One of the purposes of our visit, and as a result one of the animals which is missing from the project, was to learn more about the Giraffe House Appeal.
At present the project has a large expanse of land perfect to house giraffes, the only barrier is ensuring the accommodation
Giraffe House AppealWith giraffes in very serious trouble in the wild (giraffe numbers have fallen from 140,000 to 80,000 in just 15 years), the Wild Place Project’s aim us to protect and safeguard a population in human care alongside a sustainable in the wild.
The project needs to raise £750,000 to build a house for Gerry, and save his cousins in Africa.

And so, the project is seeking support, and hoping for donations to support Gerry and his family.

Tomorrow, you can find out more about how Trunki are supporting the project.

For today, please consider visiting the project. It’s definitely a fun day out for the family.
With a poorly child in hand, I was disappointed that we didn’t make it around the whole project in the four hours we were there. As well as the animals, there’s also woodland walks to keep each visit fun for little ones, and a butterfly maze, and gardens.
Which leaves me wondering if a return visit will need to result in another!
Lemurs at the wild place project BristolDisclosure: We were invited to the Wild Place Project as guests of Trunki.

*Dual attraction membership with Bristol Zoo is also available at £68 for adults and £36 for children.

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