The new pride of Folly Farm - African lions

The new pride of Folly Farm - African lions

PRIDE OF FOLLY FARM: An impression of the finished £500,000 enclosure that will house Pembrokeshire's first lions. (4168996)

MANE ATTRACTION: Lions are next on the agenda for Folly Farm. (4168998)

R-R-R-READY TO START: Breaking ground on Folly Farm's lion enclosure is Pembrokeshire County Councillor, David Pugh. Pictured with him launching the Pride of Pembrokeshire project are Folly Farm's managing director, Chris Ebsworth; zoo manager, Ti

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Big cats are on the prowl into Pembrokeshire - to take pride of place at Folly Farm.

The top tourist attraction announced this week that a pride of African lions will be welcomed to its zoo in the summer.

Work has just begun to construct a £500,000 lion enclosure on an acre of land in the centre of the zoo.

The 14-foot high enclosure will be surrounded by steel mesh and thick reinforced glass, through which people can view the animals in the lion house and grounds.

Last year, Folly Farm recorded its best-ever visitor record numbers after launching Penguin Coast, and knew that would be a tough act to follow.

So they listened to visitor feedback and decided to make lions - the Pride of Pembrokeshire - the next big attraction.

Explained zoo manager Tim Morphew: “Lions are the most majestic of the big cats, and they are an iconic species for our conservation work.

“Working with Wildlife Vets International, we will use the exhibit to raise awareness of, and fundraise for, their big cat projects in the wild.”

The African lions coming to Folly Farm are a species currently classed as ‘vulnerable’ and will be a flagship exhibit for the zoo’s conservation work.

The Pride of Pembrokeshire project will create two zoo-keeper positions and will open to the public before the summer holidays.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s cabinet member for economy, tourism and communities, Councillor David Pugh, broke the ground for the new enclosure and said: “This is fantastic news for our county.

“Folly Farm has a strong track record of reinvestment, and this project is another example of why they are one of the leading tourist attractions, not just in Pembrokeshire, but in Wales.”

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4:12pm Mon 24 Feb 14

PembsYakkin says...

If you really want to see Lions, go and holiday in Africa not Pembrokeshire and caged wild animals should be a thing of the past not a modern day tourist attraction.
If you really want to see Lions, go and holiday in Africa not Pembrokeshire and caged wild animals should be a thing of the past not a modern day tourist attraction. PembsYakkin
  • Score: 5

4:28pm Mon 24 Feb 14

pembscaptivityfree says...

In 50 years time people will look back with shame in how we kept animals in cages for entertainment reasons
In 50 years time people will look back with shame in how we kept animals in cages for entertainment reasons pembscaptivityfree
  • Score: 5

9:30am Tue 25 Feb 14

KeanJo says...

David Pugh has forgotten the tremendous encouragement the County Council gave them by taking them to Court and inflicting a huge fine on the Company.
David Pugh has forgotten the tremendous encouragement the County Council gave them by taking them to Court and inflicting a huge fine on the Company. KeanJo
  • Score: -1

1:29pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Electra1 says...

PembsYakkin wrote:
If you really want to see Lions, go and holiday in Africa not Pembrokeshire and caged wild animals should be a thing of the past not a modern day tourist attraction.
Yes close all the zoos, turf all the animals back to where they originated from and let all the poachers wipe them out.

At least zoo protect the most vulnerable.
[quote][p][bold]PembsYakkin[/bold] wrote: If you really want to see Lions, go and holiday in Africa not Pembrokeshire and caged wild animals should be a thing of the past not a modern day tourist attraction.[/p][/quote]Yes close all the zoos, turf all the animals back to where they originated from and let all the poachers wipe them out. At least zoo protect the most vulnerable. Electra1
  • Score: 0

7:53pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Serotine says...

pembscaptivityfree wrote:
In 50 years time people will look back with shame in how we kept animals in cages for entertainment reasons
Unfortunately, without captive breeding programs there would be quite a range of additional species that would have gone the same way as the Western black rhino. And it's also unfortunate that to protect species within their natural environment (and conserve that environment) takes money....much of which is raised through zoos and wildlife parks. There are good zoos and bad zoos, the good one's aren't keeping animals purely for entertainment reasons, but try and do something to balance out the mass destruction we've perpetuated. Maybe in 50 years time people will look back and say "thank goodness we were able to prevent the extinction of species x, y, z through keeping their ancestors in captivity - isn't it wonderful how we've been able to stop the destruction of their habitat and return them to the wild".

Wouldn't that be better?
[quote][p][bold]pembscaptivityfree[/bold] wrote: In 50 years time people will look back with shame in how we kept animals in cages for entertainment reasons[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, without captive breeding programs there would be quite a range of additional species that would have gone the same way as the Western black rhino. And it's also unfortunate that to protect species within their natural environment (and conserve that environment) takes money....much of which is raised through zoos and wildlife parks. There are good zoos and bad zoos, the good one's aren't keeping animals purely for entertainment reasons, but try and do something to balance out the mass destruction we've perpetuated. Maybe in 50 years time people will look back and say "thank goodness we were able to prevent the extinction of species x, y, z through keeping their ancestors in captivity - isn't it wonderful how we've been able to stop the destruction of their habitat and return them to the wild". Wouldn't that be better? Serotine
  • Score: 2

8:30pm Tue 25 Feb 14

patnurse says...

No wild animal should be locked in a zoo or any other "tourist attraction". Pembrokeshire council do not allow circuses with animals in the county but they are allowing this!!!!! When did you last see a Giraffe standing in a concrete enclosure?
No wild animal should be locked in a zoo or any other "tourist attraction". Pembrokeshire council do not allow circuses with animals in the county but they are allowing this!!!!! When did you last see a Giraffe standing in a concrete enclosure? patnurse
  • Score: 2

1:12pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Pembrokeshireboy72 says...

Well, there you have it. Two zoo keeper positions going, just in time for BJP and his best mate Jamie. The way things are going at PCC they may be looking for a new job this summer, and the thought of them being enclosed with lions would really increase Folly Farm's footfall.

Remember, it's not for entertainment, it's for the protection and well-being of an endangered species.
Well, there you have it. Two zoo keeper positions going, just in time for BJP and his best mate Jamie. The way things are going at PCC they may be looking for a new job this summer, and the thought of them being enclosed with lions would really increase Folly Farm's footfall. Remember, it's not for entertainment, it's for the protection and well-being of an endangered species. Pembrokeshireboy72
  • Score: 2

7:19am Sun 2 Mar 14

Electra1 says...

pembscaptivityfree wrote:
In 50 years time people will look back with shame in how we kept animals in cages for entertainment reasons
But will there be any animals left in the wild? The tigers/elephants/sno
w leopards/rhino's will have gone for a start. Not counting the Okapi/ gorilla/many species of monkeys and also the lemurs.
[quote][p][bold]pembscaptivityfree[/bold] wrote: In 50 years time people will look back with shame in how we kept animals in cages for entertainment reasons[/p][/quote]But will there be any animals left in the wild? The tigers/elephants/sno w leopards/rhino's will have gone for a start. Not counting the Okapi/ gorilla/many species of monkeys and also the lemurs. Electra1
  • Score: 0

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