Dear Mummy, we trekked into an unexplored section of Paultons Park last weekend. It’s called Little Africa and it’s located right next to Peppa Pig World within the park. With a very tribal theme it is a stark contrast to all the rainbows and dinosaurs from Peppa and George’s world.
Paultons Park in Hampshire unveiled its new Little Africa enclosure last month, which features funny meerkats, beautiful porcupines, silky lizards, creepy millipedes and cockroaches along with many other wonderfully coloured birds and exotic animals. As soon as we entered the park we made a beeline to this new attraction. We were excited to see all the animals and check out the decor of this African Savannah.
The entrance is wonderfully done and really draws you in and in many ways transports you to another land. At the centre of the new enclosure is an aviary with a mix of bird species perching on an imitation baobab tree and watering hole, including trumpeter hornbills, Madagascar teal and black-crowned night herons.
It’s great that you can walk through and see the birds the other side of the fence and Paultons Park is also famed for it’s amazing gardens and bird life. This is the first time I’ve ever been allowed inside an aviary to be with the unique birds, watching them swoop and sore over our heads, we half expected a crocodile to appear from the water at any minute!
Little Africa also houses a number of animals native to the continent, including fennec fox and a Savannah monitor lizard, as well as one of the largest rodents in Africa, the Gambian pouched rat, and also the smallest, the African pygmy mouse.
We had fun in the nocturnal house, where the creatures of Africa came out of their hiding places to entertain us. It is a magnificent indoor area where visitors enter the dark to see a variety of animals in a low light environment. With tribal art on the walls and illuminated information boards we could have spent ages in there gawping at all the rodents as they scampered on by unaware of visitors prying eyes.
Little Africa is such an educational attraction too and we found out a lot about the animals we were studying closely. Everything was immaculate, the enclosures, the clear windows and the walkways it really was a pleasure to walk around. My folks were impressed by how friendly and confident the meerkats were around the public and even had a staring competition with them (see our short vlog). Having seen other meerkat enclosures in zoos and parks in the UK, Paultons should be commended for the space they have created for them. They seemed playful and comfortable in their environment though my folks wondered how they would cope in the height of the season with all us over excited little people!
We’d definitely recommend a stop at this new attraction and it really adds another great element to the theme park with all the attention to detail. We can’t wait to head back and see if there are any wildlife talks on next time! It would be great if there were a couple of members of the Paulson’s crew dressed in Safari outfits to add to the atmosphere!
Love Bella x
Disclaimer: We were offered tickets to Paultons Park in return for this review, all onsite purchases were our own.