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View from the Zoo: Close encounter with a colourful species of parrot

Back in November we told you about our new rainbow lorikeet exhibit opening. The developers added an extension along with making several modifications to the old Bongo Warrior’s hut to turn it into a bird aviary.

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Butterbur can be seen erupting into flower on river banks and areas of wet earth.

Country Diary: Nature has cast her wand over the countryside

A dog is man’s best friend. However, over the past decade many peaceful, country walks have been ruined by unprovoked aggressive attacks by unleashed pets. Farmers have complained of sheep being chased or killed, and dog owners have themselves to blame if their pet is shot.

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What a weekend! Your photos of sunny Yorkshire

What a weekend! Your photos of sunny Yorkshire

With temperatures exceeding 20 degrees at the weekend, Yorkshire felt more like the Med.

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Baringo is now settling in at Flamingo Land Resort.

View from the Zoo: Excitement as Baringo joins zoo family

The team at Flamingo Land are delighted to announce the arrival of Baringo, a 24-year-old male black rhino from Dvůr Králové zoo in the Czech Republic. He is currently settling into his new home at our Selous Black Rhino Reserve.

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Beekeepers are now looking for queens in the hive.

Country Diary: Fragrant and magical scents of springtime

Again rejoicing nature sees, Her robe assume its vernal hues,

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Kuasa pictured at Flamingo Land.

View from the Zoo: A new daughter for Flamingo Land’s Kuasa

The three Sumatran tiger cubs born at Flamingo Land have just celebrated their third birthday.

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The song of the chiff chaff was heard on March 18 this year.

Country Diary: First summer songbird is an early bird

It’s arrived! Our first summer songbird, which arrived in our neighbourhood on March 18. Last year it was March 21. The chiff chaff derives its name from the rather monotonous song – “chiff chaff chaff chiff”, delivered from the bare branches of a tall tree. This tiny bird has brownish-olive upperparts and off-white underparts, with yellow tinged breast.

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Tod on duty near the kafue lechwe enclosure.

View from the Zoo: Dummy keeper, Tod, is valuable member of team

This week we are letting you in on a little secret on some of the more peculiar ways our keepers look after our animals.

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Dogs Mercury grows on the edge of woodland and hedgerows.

Country Diary: Plant is named after Roman God

Happy birthday dear Tigga,

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Glorious display of daffodils beside the River Dove in Farndale.

Your Day Out: Blooming fields of gold

In the heart of the North York Moors National Park is a scattered farming community renowned for its wild daffodils – Farndale.

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Name the baby giraffe

Name the baby giraffe - and win a family ticket to Flamingo Land

Name Flamingo Land’s new baby giraffe - and win a family ticket to the theme park and zoo!

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One of the fly river turtles on display at Flamingo Land Resort.

View from the Zoo: Fly river turtles are welcome addiction to zoo family

Two of our newest additions to the zoo family are now on display in our aquarium section. The two fly river turtles (Carettochelys insculpta) an male and a femail are also known as pig-nosed turtles. As soon as their new home was ready the male was moved over first to be able to establish his territory and then the female was moved over to join him.

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Possibly Thornton-le-Dales most photographed thatched cottage at Beckside.

Your Day Out: Village full of charm

Take a steady drive by bus or private transport into the countryside. As spring draws near and leafy trees awake once more you’ll be surprised by the number of villages you discover, each with its own charm and story to tell.

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The runners line up for last years fun run.

View from the Zoo: 10k run will help African forest project

For the third year in a row, Flamingo Land will be hosting the FlaminGO! 10km run around the zoo and theme park. This run aims to raise money for the work of CIRCLE, a conservation research group run jointly by Flamingo Land and the University of York. Specifically, this will help fund the Udzungwa Forest Project (UFP).

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Burton Riggs Nature Reserve.

Country Diary: Nature reserve is an oasis for wildlife

Burton Riggs is an interesting reserve created on the former Seamer Gravel Pits. In the early ’90s the site was leased to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Having re-colonised naturally, it’s now an important oasis for wildlife. Our arrival was to a chorus of early morning birdsong, and hazel bushes draped in ‘tassels’ of golden male catkins. Canada geese ‘trumpeted’, and across the lake fished a cormorant.

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Asian short-clawed otters at Flamingo Land Resort.

View from the Zoo: Studying elaborate courtship techniques

On Valentine’s Day the zoo celebrated by looking at all the weird and wonderful behaviours animals have when it comes to courting and attracting a mate.

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Lapwing

Country Diary: Regoice to hear increased sound of bird song

And the spring arose on the garden fair,

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Surya, the Sumatran tiger who celebrated her eighth birthday recently.

View from the Zoo: Predator that leads a solitary life in the wild

This week at Flamingo Land we celebrated one of our Sumatran tiger’s birthday. We have a male tiger named Bawa and our female tiger, Surya, turned eight on Sunday 5 February. Bawa originally came from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent, and Surya from Paignton zoo in Devon. Bawa is named after an island just off the coast of Sumatra whilst Surya is Indonesian for Sun.

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Weekly Walk - round Hutton Buscel, snowdrops in St Matthews Church graveyard

Country Diary: ‘Fair Maids of February’ are welcome sight

O’erjoyed to see the flowers that truly bring

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Video: Saturday Night Fever hits village

Video: Saturday Night Fever hits village

Here’s a bit of spoof fun here as villagers stage their own production of the classic Bee Gees hit Saturday Night Fever.

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