Lions to be the pride and joy of Folly Farm

Lions to be the pride and joy of Folly Farm

PROUD PROJECT: Zoo manager Tim Morphew said he is 100% convinced that Folly Farm has one of the best lion enclosures in the UK. PICTURE: Western Telegraph (8114175)

EDUCATION: Folly Farm's Tim Morphew and Zoe Wright are pictured outside the ranger's hut, which will teach visitors all about African lions. PICTURE: Western Telegraph (8114191)

TAKING A TOUR: Folly Farm's Tim Morphew and Zoe Wright are pictured inside the enclosure before the lion's arrival. PICTURE: Western Telegraph (8114199)

PLAY TIME: This safarai Land Rover is just one of the things the lions can explore in their enclosure. PICTURE: Western Telegraph (8114204)

WE ARE FAMILY: The female African lioness and her cubs. PICTURE: Western Telegraph (8114208)

LEADER OF THE PACK: The handsome Hugo. PICTURE: Western Telegraph (8114280)

First published in County News

FOLLY Farm Adventure Park and Zoo will be welcoming a pride of African lions next week.

Heading up the already well-established pride is the handsome Hugo, who is accompanied by a family of lionesses and their cubs. They are due to transfer from Longleat Safari Park on Tuesday (weather permitting).

The lions will make their home in a £500,000 purpose-built, state-of-the-art two-acre enclosure, of which the Western Telegraph was given an exclusive tour of this morning (Friday).

Alongside the lion house is an education centre, themed as a fully-equipped ranger’s hut, which will provide visitors with information on African lions and the work carried out by rangers in the wild to protect them.

Zoo manager at Folly Farm, Tim Morphew said, “We are really excited about the lions arriving at Folly Farm, we will just need to give them a week to settle in and explore their new surroundings before they are on view to the public. During this time they will remain in the lion house which is made up of four large dens and five outside yards.

“After a week they will be given the opportunity to explore their two acre enclosure at their own pace and depending on how quickly they re-adjust we are hoping that they will be on full public display from the third week of July.”

Jon Cracknell, Director of Animal Operations at Longleat Safari Park said, “The new lion enclosure at Folly Farm is extremely impressive. When I was given a tour of the flagship exhibit I was overwhelmed by the great deal of thought that has gone into every aspect of the design of the enclosure.

“Tim has taken time to consider everything from the health and well-being of the animals, to enhancing the visitor experience and educating people on the threats facing the African lion in the wild.”

Folly Farm has no plans to breed for the foreseeable future until such a time a coordinated breeding programme is established for the African lion. The species is currently classified as vulnerable on the IUCN red list but it is estimated that numbers of African lions in the wild have declined by as much as 30% in the last ten years.

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2:30pm Fri 11 Jul 14

malcolm calver says...

Tim Morphew might have a smile on his face but do we really need lions to be on display in Pembrokeshire.
This business I believe has had a bucketful of public money poured into it since the start, remember it was supposed to be a farm attraction not a zoo and if it is to attract visitors surely the majority of visitors already have zoo`s close to their homes.
Tim Morphew might have a smile on his face but do we really need lions to be on display in Pembrokeshire. This business I believe has had a bucketful of public money poured into it since the start, remember it was supposed to be a farm attraction not a zoo and if it is to attract visitors surely the majority of visitors already have zoo`s close to their homes. malcolm calver
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11:44pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Hyper-injunctions says...

+1
+1 Hyper-injunctions
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9:03am Wed 16 Jul 14

malcolm calver says...

I note that 22 people have voted my comment down but as usual they do not have the guts to identify themselves or give reasons for their views.
I note that 22 people have voted my comment down but as usual they do not have the guts to identify themselves or give reasons for their views. malcolm calver
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4:15pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Pembs25 says...

malcolm calver wrote:
I note that 22 people have voted my comment down but as usual they do not have the guts to identify themselves or give reasons for their views.
Do you EVER have anything positive to say? I voted you down because you were so negative and boring. I'm guesing thats why the other 22 people voted your comment down.
[quote][p][bold]malcolm calver[/bold] wrote: I note that 22 people have voted my comment down but as usual they do not have the guts to identify themselves or give reasons for their views.[/p][/quote]Do you EVER have anything positive to say? I voted you down because you were so negative and boring. I'm guesing thats why the other 22 people voted your comment down. Pembs25
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8:55pm Fri 18 Jul 14

malcolm calver says...

So you still do not have the guts to identify yourself and give me a good reason why you think these lions should be brought to Pembrokeshire or why the most financially successful holiday business in Pembrokeshire should keep receiving buckets full of our taxes from Edwina Hart.
Perhaps the other 21 have connections to the business.
So you still do not have the guts to identify yourself and give me a good reason why you think these lions should be brought to Pembrokeshire or why the most financially successful holiday business in Pembrokeshire should keep receiving buckets full of our taxes from Edwina Hart. Perhaps the other 21 have connections to the business. malcolm calver
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4:09pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Pembs25 says...

malcolm calver wrote:
So you still do not have the guts to identify yourself and give me a good reason why you think these lions should be brought to Pembrokeshire or why the most financially successful holiday business in Pembrokeshire should keep receiving buckets full of our taxes from Edwina Hart. Perhaps the other 21 have connections to the business.
I would not even lower myself to give you a good reason. I can think of plenty of 'good' reasons but I would rather not explain myself to you. I have read a few of your comments and you are obviously a very sad, lonely man who spends his time commenting on stories that have nothing to do with him.
[quote][p][bold]malcolm calver[/bold] wrote: So you still do not have the guts to identify yourself and give me a good reason why you think these lions should be brought to Pembrokeshire or why the most financially successful holiday business in Pembrokeshire should keep receiving buckets full of our taxes from Edwina Hart. Perhaps the other 21 have connections to the business.[/p][/quote]I would not even lower myself to give you a good reason. I can think of plenty of 'good' reasons but I would rather not explain myself to you. I have read a few of your comments and you are obviously a very sad, lonely man who spends his time commenting on stories that have nothing to do with him. Pembs25
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