Woodside Wildlife Park is serious about conservation and many of the species held at the park are part of the European association of Zoo's and Aquaria (EAZA) breeding projects.
Whilst visiting the park look out for some of the endangered species housed here. These include our striated caracara, Thatcher and all our lemur species that are in dire need of help, primarily due to habitat destruction of the Madagascan rainforest.
Woodside Wildlife Park has a passion for native species; during your visit do not miss our specially made wildflower meadows for insects, bees etc, also nearby the wildlife pond which provides habitats for (amongst others) the common frog, toad, smooth newts and even grass snakes.
We provide many nest boxes around the park for our native species. A local ornithologist can often be seen taking records and ringing chicks that nest in our park so we can monitor their progress.
Woodside Wildlife Park currently supports two conservation projects:
- BIAZA Reserve Project - BIAZA have teamed up with the world land trust to purchase and protect 18,000 acres of pristine Atlantic rain forest in Brazil. £120,000 has been raised and the reserve is now protected.
- Grey Partridge Project - Most wild farmland birds continue to decline due to more intensive agricultural practices. We are working closely with a local farmer under guidance from game and wildlife conservation trust to help reserve this trend.
Our visitors often ask us how can they help with conservation?
The easiest way to help wildlife is to become a mini conservationist. We can't all immediately see the benefit of projects such as save the whale or the panda project, but by creating our own garden oasis the improvements are within reach. Feeding the birds, leaving wild areas alone, erecting nest boxes and planting plants all have positive effects.
Recycling is another positive step, recycling as much paper, plastic, glass and clothing as you can, will make a difference. Turn off lights and electrical appliances when not in use, use energy efficient light bulbs and have showers instead of baths. As well as saving on your household bills you will be using fewer raw materials that are contributing to the destruction of many uniquely different habitats around the world.