Now anyone who knows me knows that I believe that captivity of animals is unfair and cruel so when a friend invited me on a day trip to Longleat safari park, of course I was a little skeptical…
For anyone who doesn’t know about Longleat safari & adventure park, it was opened in 1966, is located in Wiltshire (England) and is classified as the UK’s No.1 safari park!! It is situated within the grounds of Longleat House which all together occupies an area of 9,000 acres of countryside … that’s a whole lot of a land! With all this land, most of the animals they had within the reserve (the safari park) has vast areas of their own, often in individual segregated sections and with what seems like minimal disturbance (apart from the slowly moving cards that drive through)!
Longleat had a vast diversity of animals from butterflies and tarantulas to rhino’s and lions totaling over 500 animals, it was quite impressive!
To me, the idea of educating general members of the public about animals around the world that need our support in order to help their species survive is crucial! It is often this education however that can be at the cost of the animals welfare, I didn’t feel this was an issue at Longleat. The park was incredibly vast, with large encounters for most of the animals. On our journey around the safari we were given a CD which taught us about each of the animals as we drove around each outdoor encounter and the work the Longleat does in helping the conservation of these animals. If it is absolutely crucial to keep animals in captivity to help educate people about their conservation status then at the very least this is how it should be done.
For the purpose of this short blog, I’d like to include a small amount of information about each other animals I photographed to share this information with you!
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It begins …
Ring-tailed Lemur, Lemur catta.
Some of the Lemurs at Longleat have been rescued.
Ring-tailed lemurs are at risk in the wild due to habitat loss, degradation and hunting.
IUCN listed as Endangered.
African Pygmy Goat, Capra aegagrus hircus.
These are a breed of miniature domestic goats, are easily adaptable to any environment and can live up to 18 years!
Rothschild’s giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis camelopardis (subspecies).
IUCN listed as Endangered, the Rothschild’s giraffe is originally from Central Africa and is a subspecies of the Northern giraffe (2016).
With an estimated 1500 individuals left in the wild, it is one of the most endangered distinct populations of giraffe.
Pink-backed Pelican, Pelecanus rufescens.
These are an African species of pelican and Longleat are one of the leading parks in the UK for breeding Pink-backed Pelicans.
IUCN Listed as Least concern.
Blue Wildebeest, Connochaetes taurinus.
IUCN listed as Least Concern, distributed in the wild throughout Southern Africa.
Rhesus Macaque, Macaca mulatta.
The Rhesus macaque is the best-known species of Old World monkeys and are known to inhabit a variety of habitats including areas close to human settlements!
IUCN listed as Least concern.
Common ostrich, Struthio camelus.
One of the largest flightless birds in the world, native to Africa. IUCN Listing; Least concern.
Ostriches are however farmed across the world for their feathers.
Southern White Rhino, Ceratotherium simum simum.
This subspecies of African Rhino, which is IUCN listed as Near Threatened.
Since 2013 the current census for population numbers revealed there are 20,405 southern white rhinoceros in the wild.
Bactrian camel, Camelus bactrianus.
In contrast to most single-humped dromedary camels, the Bactrian camel has two humps on its back.
These species are predominantly used as domesticated species and a population of two million exists.
Scimitar oryx, Oryx dammah.
This species of Oryx has been extinct in the wild since 2000, therefore all remaining species survive within captivity.
IUCN Listing: Extinct in the wild.
African Lion, Pantera leo includes a collection of several subspecies of lion found in Africa.
The lion is IUCN Listed as Vulnerable due to a population decline of 30 – 50% every two decades during the second half of the twentieth century.
Northwestern wolf, Canis lupus occidentalis.
These wolves are most famous for their re-introductory program in Yellowstone National Park.
Longleat House …
The maze …
Now we find the animals found at the house …
… the butterfly house …
… and the tarantula talk …
Binturong, Arctictis binturong.
A.K.A the bearcat which is currently listed under the IUCN as Vulnerable.
Populations have declined by over 30% over the past 3 decades.
Asian small-clawed otter, Aonyx cinereus.
These are the smallest otter species in the world and are listed under the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable.
Many zoos in the world keep this species for research in order to help understand more about this fascinating mammal, which can then be used to assist their conservation in the wild.
Meerkat, Suricata suricatta.
The meerkat is currently listed under the IUCN as Least Concern.
They live in groups; known as a clan, of up to 20 individuals.
Great cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo.
Currently listed as Least Concern under the IUCN Red List.
California Sea Lion, Zalophus californianus.
The California sea lion is one of five species of sea lion native to North America.
These are currently listed under the IUCN red list as Least Concern.
Hippopotamus, Hippopotamus amphibius.
The name “Hippopotamus” means “River horse” due to their semi-aquatic nature.
A total of five hippopotamus species are listed as Vulnerable under the IUCN Red list.
The photo features a Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea sitting on the hippo’s back.
Longleat House …
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