Woodside Wildlife Park are proud to house the former Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory. Originally located in Lincoln, this iconic building had fallen into a state of disrepair since its closure in 2014 and was marked for demolition.
A plan was devised to rescue and relocate the conservatory to Woodside Wildlife Park, where it is now used as a dedicated conservation building.
Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory
In a sad state of disrepair and marked for demolition at its original site in Lincoln.
Although some plants looked salvageable, sadly, most of the plants could not be saved.
Our Rescue Plan
Our primary aim for this project was not only to respectfully retain the building’s original construction and heritage, but to also focus on important conservation projects, relevant to the voyage that Sir Joseph Banks and Captain Cook made during the 18th Century.
By highlighting conservation projects at selected locations throughout their voyage, we planned to house relevant species, creating our very own ‘Voyage of Discovery’, focused around conservation.
Our new exhibit is extremely popular, with high levels of engagement from our visitors, as they are able to see, hear and smell the species of animals and plants we are highlighting, as opposed to just reading signage.
We have also received a huge amount of positive feedback from lots of visitors from local areas who wish to see the conservatory in its new location..
Trying To Salvage The Plants
We bagged up lots of the plants and tried our best to save as many as we could!
16,000 nuts and bolts to be replaced, all with cold fingers during the winter build!
Assembly At Woodside
The iconic building in the process of assembly in its new home at Woodside.
Voyage Of Discovery
A very specific collection of plants and flowers are now thriving in our new Endeavour Tropical House.
The four main conservation issues we have highlighted within the building are:
Plastics in Oceans and Coral Bleaching
Our Marine Tank is designed to highlight the issues caused by human waste in oceans and the effect of coral bleaching on the natural marine ecosystem.
This large exhibit is visually engaging because of the incredible colours and tranquility of the setup. Visitors who want to learn more about the inhabitants within the tank can do so easily from our educational signage.
Habitat Loss in South America
We are proud to house Golden-Headed Lion Tamarins and Pied Tamarins in the Endeavour building, both of which are part of international breeding programmes.
With access to both indoors and outdoors, these fascinating South American primates highlight the devastating effect of habitat loss throughout South America. Visitors can learn what Woodside is doing to help.
Human/Wildlife Conflict in Indonesia
The flagship species of Endeavour is the Siamese Crocodile. By highlighting the issues caused by human conflict and subsequent plight of this species in the wild, visitors leave with a better understanding of the species.
Our breeding pair of crocodiles have a very high engagement level, resulting in the effective education of our visitors. We are incredibly proud to be actively participating in vital breeding programmes for this elusive crocodilian.
Invasive Species in New Zealand
We have used an invasive species of plant, the dreaded Arundo Donax, or ‘Giant Reed’, as natural cover and an impressive backdrop for our Siamese Crocodiles. We have ensured this fast-growing bamboo look-a-like, is suitably contained, whilst still offering an impressive botanical display.
Among our main exhibits we also house various bird species, including a pair of critically endangered Bali Starlings. This enables us to highlight the issues surrounding the Asian songbird crisis, as part of the Silent Forest campaign.
The creation of this new spacious, heated building gave us a fantastic opportunity to relocate our Butterfly House and use Endeavour as one large, expansive exhibit. Not only have we created more space for visitors to enjoy and observe, the butterflies thrive in their new habitat, with record levels of breeding every year.
The old butterfly house is now used as a sustainable Botanical Nursery, where we propagate and grow on all the nectar and pollen-rich plants and flowers we require for our butterflies, as well as flowers and plants for the rest of the park.