If you go down to Wildwood today, you’re sure of a big surprise …….
The bears are back! Fluff and Scruff, the park’s Eurasian brown bear duo, will be rearing their heads after nearly four months of torpor – a deep sleep in the animal world.
All visitors to the Herne Bay site (before 11am on Saturday 25th March) will be in the running for the important role of releasing the bears into their main enclosure.
Happily, the end of the pair’s winter slumber comes just in time to celebrate the start of Spring and a big birthday for the trust – 21 years of protecting, preserving and rewilding British wildlife.
To kick off the celebrations, a special birthday trail has been designed around the park to test the knowledge of even the most dedicated of Wildwood fans. Eagle-eyed visitors might even notice some changes to the look of the park, with new branding and signs to reflect the charity’s coming of age.
Alongside the familiar faces of Fluff and Scruff, the park’s newest residents will also be joining in the celebrations including bear cub Boki and Jurgen the bull Elk. Jurgen is now sharing an enclosure with Caramel, confirming their status as the only breeding pair of Elk in the whole of the UK.
Some lucky visitors who go on to the bison platform might even catch sight of the herd which was released into the Blean as part of the globally acclaimed conservation project between Wildwood and Kent Wildlife Trust.
And the partying doesn’t stop when the birthday week ends. Easter celebrations are just around the corner. From Saturday 1st April – Sunday 30th April, the Mad Hatter will be hosting an infamous tea party in Wildwood’s 40-acre woodland wonderland.
The resident wildcats will be grinning like Cheshire cats … and the dainty dormice will be playing the role of the teapot mice as the white rabbits lead visitors on an Alice in Wonderland adventure they’ll remember for years to come.
To find out more about what’s on at Wildwood this Spring, click here