WORD FROM THE WILD: The Latest News From The Park

Written by Lorah, Education and Activities Officer at Cotswold Wildlife Park

August 2023

Monty the Rhino at the ParkThe whole of August is dedicated to ‘Rhino Month’ and throughout the month the Park will be putting a spotlight on Rhino conservation. ‘Rhino Month’ celebrations will include sharing more information about the conservation work that the Park supports, visitors will be able to find out more about our current crash of Rhinos and there will also be the chance to win a Rhino Encounter at our dedicated ‘Rhino Month’ Stall (which will be on the lawn by the Rhino Paddock from 26th – 28th August 2023).

Your support is incredibly valuable with fundraising events such as ‘Rhino Month’ as the donations you make allow us to continue to work with fantastic conservation charities such as Tusk.

We look forward to welcoming you over the summer and make sure to keep an eye out for our Southern White Rhinos on the lawn! More information about ‘Rhino Month’ will be posted on our social media throughout August.

Rhinos at the ParkRhino group, Monty, Ruby, Molly, Nancy and Queenie

PEBBLE Credit: Philip Joyce PebbleIn other news, the youngest member of our Penguin group, Pebble, recently had his first birthday! He was born in 2022 to parents JJ and Ted and is a personal favourite of mine because he was very kindly named after the main character in my children’s book. Thanks to the incredible support of our visitors, 100 copies of Pebble sold out in the Gift Shop just before the real Pebble’s 1st birthday! I am extremely grateful to every visitor who purchased a copy as it means so much that young children are enjoying the story, and hopefully they are thinking about animals and the world around them with more curiosity and consideration.

Penguin Keeper Jo said of Pebble’s first year: “Pebble has grown into a very confident and playful chap. He spends most of his time in the pool, swimming and diving and he likes to tease the other penguins by playing the shadow game, where he will follow one of the other penguins and mirror their movements in the pool.

Pebble has really impressed his Keepers by learning to come and hand feed with the adults in the group, as usually younger Penguins don’t master this until they’re a little older.”

Lorah by the Penguin PoolYou can see Pebble and the rest of the Penguins in their enclosure inside the Walled Garden. The Gift Shop have also now restocked copies of Pebble so if you know of a young child who loves Penguins, the book would be the perfect gift.


Amber by Willemijn

Photo credit: Deputy Mammal Keeper Willemijn

The new Bactrian Camel calf has been named Amber, thanks to a suggestion from Leanne Wheeler as part of a social media competition to come up with a fitting name for the new arrival. Leanne was visiting the Park with her daughter, Amber, the day the little Camel was born and as it was also Amber’s birthday, it seems very fitting that the new Camel should share the same name.

You can see Amber the Camel, alongside her mum Elsa near the Little Africa exhibit.

Rabbits in the Farmyard
We have also seen some new baby Rabbits born on the Children’s Farm so do stop by the Farm Barn to see how these adorable new additions are settling in to life at the Park.


Cotswold Falconry Centre, will be at the Park with flying demonstrations at 1.00 pm and 3.30 pm Cotswold Falconry Centre, will be at the Park with flying demonstrations at 1.00 pm and 3.30 pm

Every weekend throughout August, including Bank Holiday Monday – 28th August 2023 (weather dependent), one of the leading Birds of Prey centres in the UK, the Cotswold Falconry Centre, will be at the Park with flying demonstrations at 1.00 pm and 3.30 pm. You can also see these magnificent birds at their static display on the South Lawn in front of the Manor House from approximately 10.00 am. Click here for more information about purchasing advance E-tickets online.

Thank you

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens