Woburn Safari Park welcomes new arrivals to the African Savannah reserve

Visitors expected to 'flock' to the park during half term to see the new arrivals

Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 4:39 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 4:40 pm

Woburn Safari Park has welcomed some tall and stripy new additions, with the arrival of a flock of eight ostrich and four Grevy’s zebra.

This October half-term, visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of the African Savannah, right in the heart of Bedfordshire.

The zebra recently arrived from Marwell Zoo in Hampshire and have settled in well to their new home.

The zebra recently arrived from Marwell Zoo (C) Woburn Safari Park

The herd comprises of adult females Nafeesa and Imogen, and their young foals Uma and Tucana, respectively.

The foursome can be seen in the African Savannah section of the Road Safari, joining the three resident Grevy zebra; Nguvu, Mia and Olivia, as well as Southern white rhino, sable antelope, Ankole cattle and many more species.

The eight ostrich were transferred from Wild World Safari Park in Aywaille, Belgium.

After spending some time settling in to their own paddock, getting used to visitor and keeper vehicles; they are now out in a 42 acres mixed species reserve, where they are enjoying mixing with all the other exotic wild animals.

The eight ostrich were transferred from Wild World Safari Park (C) Woburn Safari Park

Ostrich are known to be quite ‘flighty’ animals and they are easily spooked, so keepers are asking visitors to keep their speed down as they drive past them.

The flock, made up of four males and four females, are spending most of their time sticking together during the day but will tend to split up overnight before coming back together again in the morning.

Sonia Freeman, head of reserves, said: “We are delighted to welcome ostrich and Grevy’s zebra back into the main African Savannah drive through reserve as they make a wonderful addition to the animal collection.

“We last had ostrich at the Park in 2016 so these birds have been missed and seeing the beauty of the zebra out there too amongst all the other animals really makes driving through the section feel like you’re in an African savannah!”

The zebra recently arrived from Marwell Zoo (C) Woburn Safari Park

Visitors to the Park can expect a Covid secure day out, and every precaution has been taken to keep guests safe during their visit.

For more information visit: www.woburnsafari.co.uk.