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View from the Zoo: Day celebrates the work of a zookeeper

Staff at Flamingo Land have recently celebrated International Zookeeper Day which takes place on October 4 every year and recognises the huge contribution they make to the care and conservation of all species great and small.

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Pale tussock mother caterpillar

Country Diary: A pageantry of colour adorns the countryside

Autumn drifted in with a thickening of mists, fogs and showers, but all is not lost. The absence of frosts has meant Michaelmas daisies, dahlias, geraniums and herbaceous plants paint the borders with a rich palette of colour.

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Talula, the Chilean rose tarantula.

View from the Zoo: Meet Talula, a very chilled out tarantula

Here at Flamingo Land we do have creatures that are all shapes and sizes. One of our more scary and hairy residents is our Chilean rose tarantula with the lovely name – Talula. She is 13 years old and has been with us for almost her entire life and can live up to 20 years of age.

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Stoat

Country Diary: Seldom seen mammal by grass verge

At 6am we’re greeted by the song of a robin, hidden in a nearby tree. Already he’s proclaiming his territory in advance of spring!

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COLUMN: I’m not going potty, miracles can happen!

COLUMN: I’m not going potty, miracles can happen!

Miracles can happen; I know they can, because I have toilet trained a boy.

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COLUMN: Back to school and back to the touchlines

COLUMN: Back to school and back to the touchlines

If like me, you have children of a certain age, the recent return to school will have also signalled the return of another hardy annual that parents seem to love and loathe and equal measure.

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COLUMN: Tinnitus - let’s all make some noise about it!

COLUMN: Tinnitus - let’s all make some noise about it!

It would be borderline bad taste to say I’d never heard of tinnitus before my diagnosis.

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Picture shows Samira and Olmoti when they first came to Flamingo Land.

View from the Zoo: World Rhino Day highlights threat faced in the wild

Last week Flamingo Land recognised World Rhino Day which falls on September 22 every year with a series of talks and shows. The day raises awareness to the threat all five species of rhinoceros face in the wild.

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Rowan berries can be made into a jelly with the addition of crab apple.

Country Diary: Fruits of autumn are now ripe for picking

Autumn is certainly here, with cold snaps, reduced hours of daylight, autumn tints and fallen leaves. Blackberries, although in abundance generally, have suffered once again on a local site. Last year, the council cut the hedgerow just as blackberries were in their prime. This year – no hedge cutting at all, but convolvulus or bindweed, with its large white trumpet-like flowers, has completely enveloped the entire hedge, with very few berries reaching maturity!

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RECIPE: Caramelised soda bread

RECIPE: Caramelised soda bread

Just perfect for dipping into some warming autumnal soup, try making this delicious and easy bread.

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Valerie the vicuna at Flamingo Land

View from the Zoo: First birthday celebration for Valerie

You may remember last year we announced the arrival of a baby vicuna (Vicugna vicugna), also known as a cria. At the time of writing the sex of the cria was unknown but a little while later the infant was sexed as a female and she was named Valerie. Born on September 15, 2016, which means Valerie has just celebrated her first birthday.

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Red admiral butterfly

Country Diary: Butterflies flit about in the autumn sun

Which side of a duck has the most feathers? The outside. What do you call a dancing sheep? A baaa-la-rina.

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Cleveland Way, Ravenscar.

Walks: Ravenscar-Cider Track-War Dike Lane-Cleveland Way-Beast Cliff

Ravenscar is a small, popular village about 10 miles north-north-east of Scarborough. It stands 600ft above sea level, on the coast over-looking Robin Hood’s Bay. The Raven Hall Hotel possesses a fine golf course, and the scenery is stunning.

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View from the Zoo: Giraffes put their best hooves forward

View from the Zoo: Giraffes put their best hooves forward

For this week’s column we are going to let you in on a secret on how we train and look after one of the taller residents here at Flamingo Land.

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Large hawker dragonfly

Country Diary: Insect glistens in sunlight like a sparkling gem

“Lost a screw?” we enquired of our cabinet-maker pal Martin, as he carefully swept amongst oak wood shavings. No, apparently he saw a grub in a tiny hole, and poked it out. Upon examination, it proved to be the larvae of a death-watch beetle! Woodworm does great damage tunnelling through household timbers. This species is larger that the furniture beetle, usually breeding in oak timbers, especially if damp. Its exit holes are three to four mm across. It’s well known for the tapping sound make by the adults before they emerge.

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Light art installation by Mick Stephenson at Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage 2017. Saturday 9 September. w173502e Picture: Ceri Oakes

Dad Talk: Festival ‘Steers’ families in the right direction

Step back in time to one of the most dramatic and enchanting seaside locations on the Yorkshire coast and you may find more than you bargained for.

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How short term goals can  make you superhuman

How short term goals can make you superhuman

It always appears as though the world of exercise is comprised of two sorts of people: those who are able to bore through excruciating pain with apparent ease (the “superhuman” archetype) and those who crumple into a red-faced,

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The new pup is now fully integrated into the Mongoose group.

View from the Zoo: Mongoose pup explores its new enclosure

Flamingo Land’s group of banded mongoose has slightly increased in size due to the addition of a baby.

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Giant wood wasp

Country Diary: Wood wasp is often mistaken for a hornet

Zooming into our lives recently, darted an awesome giant wood wasp, or greater horntail! Being one of our largest wasps, with black and yellow body and huge ovipositor, it may easily have been mistaken for a hornet. Although mainly found in woodlands, the insects often emerge from wood stacked in timber yards. Michael’s timber had just been collected from there.

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The Middleton Arms.

Dining Out: The Middleton Arms, near Pickering

The Middleton Arms, near Pickering

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