Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Saturday, 7 December 2013
This afternoon I met up with my rabbit friends who live in burrows amongst the ferns on Headon Warren which overlooks Totland Bay. Their names are Rabbit Rocket and Rabbit Raspberry.
We sat together on the worn wooden planks of the boat ramp and gazed at the gently rocking waves as they splashed up onto the shore. The sun was beginning to set and light up the sky turning the clouds to colours of yellow, orange, and pinks. It was starting to feel a little bit chilly, I looked up towards the sky and felt the suns last rays of warmth upon my face before the evening cold began to set in.
Rocket Rabbit suggested a quick game of hide and seek to warm our little bodies up before going on our journeys home to be back in time for dinner. What a super idea!
I said I would count to 100 and promised not to peek as I covered my eyes with my flippers.
It took me quite a while to find the rabbits, there were so many hiding places under all the upside down wooden boats resting against the iron railings on the pebbled Bay. Eventually I found them under the pier hiding really high up on one of the large wooden structural beams. They waved down at me and both had very cheeky smiles on their faces!
Before saying our goodbyes the rabbits helped me fill up 5 jam jars I had brought with me in my rucksack. It was a special treat for the otters at the Park, Frank, Sammy and Dean they absolutely love to bathe in fresh sea water and they asked me to pick some up for them on my trip out today.
I carefully tightened each metal lid of the jars and packed them into my bag. I said goodbye to my friends, wished them a safe journey home and set off towards Seaview.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
The Peacocks are having an extension to give them even more space to explore, whilst lots of the other aviaries are being dismantled to make way for some new larger open exhibits!
Friday, 15 November 2013
Untold Distress Caused by neighbours letting off fireworks right next door to Seaview Wildlife Encounter Isle Of Wight over a 48 hour period
A letter also in the paper from Kirsten Pullen, CEO British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, London:
If you agree that fireworks should not be set off in areas close to zoological and animal collections, you can help by signing this online petition:
Thursday, 7 November 2013
Please sign the epetition to stop fireworks being let off next to Wildlife Parks. Our animals had to endure a weekend of fireworks being let off from Friday 1st November from 2.20pm through the evening and then started again on Saturday 2nd November from noon through to 11.20pm at night. This was a prolonged, systematic drip feed of loud explosions and bangs which terrorised our birds and animals.
The ePetition is now live online and available to sign, could everyone please share? http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/56582
See our Face book page dippyseaview for the full story. Please help us to stop this from ever happening again – it was truly terrifying for all concerned.
The Team at Seaview.
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
This afternoon I had been invited for tea by my friend Sidney the seagull, who lived in the white cliffs at Freshwater Bay with his family. His wife had said she would make some seaweed and raisin scones which I was looking forward to eating very much with lots of fresh cream and strawberry jam.
When I arrived the young seagulls were playing on the pebbled beach and Sidney was busy catching fish from the sea for their meal that evening. Mrs. Seagull invited me in and offered me a cup of tea. They had a wonderful home, it wasn’t too high up in the cliff so I could just about climb up to it, carefully and slowly taking one step at a time up to the small circular doorway.
Inside the walls were decorated with carved out pictures all done by the young seagulls of the family. They had used sharp rocks and stones to create beautiful drawings which were then finished with tiny coloured shells.
After eating rather a lot of Mrs. Seagulls scones, and feeling very full indeed, Sidney began to tell me about a game he and his family liked to play on days like these. He explained the weather conditions were just right, the sun was shining high in the sky peeping in and out of huge white fluffy clouds and then every now and again a grey cloud would pass and a shower of rain would pour down.
The game was to make a rainbow, it was such a magical idea I jumped up out of my seat and said with delight how much I would like to join in !! Mrs. Seagull brought out a large black cauldron from under the kitchen sink and the young seagulls each held a wooden spoon in their wings. Sidney lined up seven jam jars in a row on the wooden table, these were filled with different colours of shimmering dust. In each jar the dust sparkled and seemed to have a magical halo around it. Sidney then emptied the glittering dust into the cauldron and as he did, tiny twinkling stars rose up from within and then floated in the air above our heads, some floated out through the door, outside onto the bay.
Mrs. Seagull read aloud a spell written inside a large leather bound book whilst each of the young seagulls gave the potion a little stir. She explained the spell would take a few minutes to work, and that we were best to go up to the cliff above the bay overlooking Mermaid Rock to get the best view of the magic.
The young seagulls flew up there whilst I waddled up to the top of the bay. Sidney and Mrs. Seagull carried the cauldron together, each holding the handle with one wing. Once they had arrived at the top they flew up into the clouds and scattered the magic dust into the air. The young seagulls sat very still all perched on the edge of a bench gazing up into the sky with their wings crossed behind their backs for good luck !
Then it happened, the clouds opened and the sun beamed through, a shower of soft rain sprinkled down and landed gently upon our faces as we gazed up at this wonderous site. The spell had not only worked well but something happened that Sidney explained he had never been seen before – it was a double rainbow !!!
Mrs. Seagull very kindly took a photo for me as I stood under this amazing sight with a huge smile upon my face. I could not wait to tell my penguin friends about this magical time I had had, I thanked the seagull family for a delightful afternoon and sped on home with my photograph held tightly in my flippers.
To read all of Dippy’s stories- check out his website:
Thursday, 31 October 2013
If you missed Dippy’s adventures earlier this summer, here is another chance to catch up on all his activities so far…
16th May 2013
I learnt some very interesting things today, I met up with some palaeontologists at Alum Bay, these are people who are very clever and study fossils and layers in the ground. I collected some of the multi coloured sands in my buckets, popped onto the chairlift up to Alum Bay Park and had a wonderful time filling a little glass lighthouse ornament in striped layers – it was brilliant !
I then had a cool glass of lemonade before returning to my penguin pool to see all my other penguin friends.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
The Park closes this coming Sunday November 3rd. We have had a fantastic season and when closed we get under way with packing up all departments… Gifts, Catering and Entrance Reception areas, taking down all the signage, storing away table and chairs, benches and bins and concentrating on maintenance tasks, upgrading areas, implementing marketing plans for next year and Staff take a well earned break!
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Today we had the pleasure of welcoming 11 year old Dominic from Somerset, who joined us at the Park for the morning to enjoy his ‘Junior Wildlife Experience’ birthday treat!
Dominic is an avid Animal enthusiast so he thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of our furry and scaly friends that we have here at the Park. Here are just a few snap shots of his morning spent with Keepers.
This afternoon we were joined by the very enthusiastic Amber, who just didn’t stop smiling. Here are a few photos of Amber’s experience with us today.
If you would like to book an experience with us for next year, click on the link below to find out more.
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Saturday, 19 October 2013
“ My husband, myself and my son (46 years old) had a really interesting day. Everybody was really informative of the Wildlife and my son enjoyed the day enormously especially feeding the Penguins”
“ I think this place is amazing because there are so many animals and I nearly finished all my camera space here ! “
“ What a smashing place to spend an afternoon! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and being the centre of the ducks and geese world – well while we have food that is ! “
“ “ Having a lovely day at the Park especially loved the wallabies and Alpacas. Excellent – long may it continue to provide a place for adults and children to get close to nature”
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Friday, 4 October 2013
Why not book your VIP Wildlife Encounter for this October half term holiday or Spring 2014?
In addition to our nine daily Wildlife Keeper Presentations our extra special one-on-one Wildlife Encounters have been extremely popular this summer. “An experience of a lifetime” for adults and children alike, these Encounters offer really close up, personal time, feeding and getting to know the animals (Personal DVD of images included). Choose from:
· Keeper for a Day (ages 12 – 112!)
· Junior Wildlife Experience (ages 6 – 15)
· Penguin or Meerkat Encounter (or Combo Encounters with both) (adults and children 6+)
· Wildest Place for a Special Date (adults, 18+)
For more information please see our website: http://www.seaviewwildlife.com/summary/wildlife_encounters/
Pre-booking is essential; to check availability please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01983 612153.
“Brilliant Penguin Encounter Experience. All staff so friendly and welcoming we felt like stars. Will recommend. I TOUCHED A PENGUIN! “
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
It seems over the past few weeks our Penguins and Meerkats have been the favourites, with lots of visitors choosing to spend their special encounter with them!
Here are some of the teams favourite photos of our most recent guests:
Everyone here at the park would like to say a big thank you to all of you who have visited us so far this year!
If you are interested in having your own special wildlife encounter with our animals, take a look at the website for more information: