Explore your journey through the UK's No.1 Safari Park
New for 2013!
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a Deadly Explorer? Well now’s your chance! It’s time to embark on the planet’s deadliest safari and Steve Backshall is coming with you every step of the way.
You’ll be given a special Safari Activity Book full of information and tasks to test your spotter skills whilst being guided by the star of the BBC Deadly TV series, Steve Backshall on your very own Safari CD Guide. Track down the world’s most lethal predators and discover what makes them the ultimate hunters. Along the way, keep a look out for their prey – they can be just as deadly when avoiding the jaws of a would-be assassin.
Can you crack the code to unlock the secret message and get your Deadly certificate?
Feed the Giraffes at the african village
Ever come face-to-face with a giraffe? It’s one of life’s must-do experiences! You may wonder how a small child can reach to hand feed such a tall creature. Get down to the African Village and you’ll see! Before you know it, you’ll find yourself looking a giraffe in the eye while it takes food direct from your hand. One of our Longleat rangers will be there to show you how.
It’s not just the animals that get fed in the African Village. You can stop and enjoy fine coffees and teas, mouth-watering sandwiches and snacks as you gaze out at the breathtaking beauty in the brand new Watering Hole Cafe and watch the Rothschild giraffe and Grants zebra grazing. And if the kids want a bird’s eye view, they can climb the Baobab tree and cross the rope bridges to the lookout.
Whilst at the African Village theres also the chance to explore the world of wallabies, say hello to a Brazilian tapir and meet the warthogs - Genghis, Attilla and Vlad!
As you leave the East African Game Reserve you’ll pass Flamingo Valley. See if you can spot one of our 40 or so Chilean flamingos standing on one leg – they find it more comfortable that way! These stunning pink birds live happily alongside African spoonbills, sacred ibis, Carolina ducks and white-faced whistling ducks.
Watch out for the bare-headed vultures! A group of these amazing birds is known as a Venue. On the left, just before you enter the Monkey ‘Drive-Thru’, you’ll spot our venue of white-backed vultures free flying round their massive aviary.
Coming later this year, for the first time at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park, you can watch vultures and many other awesome birds of prey in action. The award-winning Hawk Conservancy Trust will be putting on up to 3 world-class shows every day in our brand new Hunters of the Sky show arena (in main Adventure Park area). Find out about Hunters of the Sky shows.
The Monkey ‘Drive-Thru’ is back! Love them or hate them, the Longleat monkeys have always been one of the Safari Park’s most memorable experiences! Now they’re back and ready to cause monkey mayhem all over again!
See what our monkeys got up to when we gave them their very own car!
Big Game Park
As you enter the Big Game Park look out for an impressive herd of southern white rhinoceros.
Make sure you catch a glimpse of the ankole cattle too; an ancient breed that was domesticated in Africa. You’ll recognise them by the huge horns that reach up to an incredible 2m across
Check out the bactrian camels; they shed their woolly coats in summer so they may not be looking their best! This is also the place to spot the rare Père David’s deer, the scimitar horned oryx and the ostrich.
Having a deer take food straight from your hand is something you’ll never forget. The deer will flock to this area to see you as they know there are always plenty of willing volunteers! Feeding the deer is a fantastic experience for all the family.
How many different deer species can you spot? The fallow deer have been here since the 16th century, over the years other types of deer have joined them. See if you can tell the difference between the red deer and the Père David’s deer.
At certain times, the Deer Park may be closed as the deer are in rut.
Anne the Elephant
We're delighted to announce that Anne the elephant is settling in very well into her new surroundings at Longleat since arriving back in April 2011. As well as her own special team of keepers dedicated to her wellbeing she has the freedom of her very own paddock to play in as and when she likes.
Come and see one of the world’s largest flying birds – the pelican. If you’re lucky, one will take to the skies as you pass – their wingspan is humungous compared to the birds you see in the garden.
The first ever successful hatching of pink backed pelicans in the UK happened at Longleat back in 1996. Since then our safari staff have hand-reared over 24 chicks through to adulthood.
You’re sure to be amazed when you see the tigers – these long sleek creatures are among the most impressive of all the animals at Longleat Safari Park and are the largest of all the big cats. Make sure your car windows are closed - these beautiful animals may purr like your pet cat but they aren‘t nearly as cuddly as they look!
The first sighting of one of our famous Longleat lions is a big moment for everyone. Lions do a lot of sleeping, but if you’re lucky, you’ll see them striding majestically about their terrain; these extraordinary creatures are more territorial than most so we keep the two prides separate. In 2012 we welcomed 8 lion cubs born to mums Nikata and Louisa. Check out photos of the cubs when they first ventured out into the parkland.
For the first time ever, you’ll be able to see the world’s fastest land animal - the cheetah – at Longleat. Watch as they sprint through Cheetah Kingdom at up to 70 miles an hour - you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled; not surprisingly, they can only keep that speed going for about 20 seconds!
Listen up – that eerie howl is a wolf pack. They’re so loud you can hear them 6 miles away! They aren’t howling at you – they’re doing it to warn off rival predators. Despite what you read in all the best fairy tales, humans are not the wolf’s ideal dinner!
- In 1986, the first twin giraffes in Europe were born at Longleat Safari Park.
- A group of giraffes is known as a tower.
- The pattern of a giraffe’s coat is as unique as a human fingerprint.
- Rhino horn is made of keratin – just like our fingernails.
- The name for a group of rhinoceros is a crash.
- Telling bactrian camels from dromedary camels is easy… turn them on their side and they look like the letters that begin their names. D is for dromedary with one hump. B is for bactrian with two.
- It’s a myth that camel’s humps are full of water. They contain fat which is converted into water when the camel gets dehydrated.
- The fallow deer were originally contained by fencing erected by Sir John Thynne, the builder of Longleat House in 1540. The 1987 hurricanes destroyed much of the deer fencing and some began to colonise neighbouring estates and woodland.
- The roar of a tiger can carry over 2km.
- Unlike most big cats, tigers like water and are strong swimmers.
- Tigers signal by the positioning of their ears - especially important when cubs are they following mum. The white spots on the backs of their ears are thought to make the signals clearer.
- Longleat’s lions eat around 40 tonnes of meat a year. That’s the equivalent of 2 nine-stone people every day!
- Male lions often sleep for 16 to 20 hours a day.
- In daylight cats can see as well as us but in poor light their sight is six times more acute.
- The cheetah can do 0-60 mph in 3 seconds.
- When the cheetah sprints it spends over half the time airborne.
- Wolf pups are born helpless and with closed eyes. They stay in an underground den for at least a month.