Plans revealed for new safari attractions

One of the safari parks Amur tigers
One of the safari parks Amur tigers

PLANS have been announced for a new £1.5 million project at Knowsley Safari Park.

The development will introduce two new attractions which it says will allow visitors to enjoy a more immersive safari experience.

A 5-acre tiger habitat that will form a central area to the existing walkaround and a Safari drive lodge, which, for the first time, allows visitors a stop-off point on the main safari drive with views of the animals.

Eveline De Wolf, head of the animal collection at Knowsley Safari, said: “The new tiger habitat has been designed especially for Sinda and Bira, our Amur tigers, to provide an enriching habitat with naturally flowing water that is integrated into the long established woodland.

“It will be great for visitors too, with a full trail around the habitat and elevated views from specially designed timber viewing platforms.”

Edward Perry, Director of Operations, adds: “The addition of the Safari Drive Lodge has been in planning for a long time and will give visitors the chance to stop off mid-drive, get out of their cars and have a more rounded view of the landscape and animals at Knowsley Safari.

“The design process has been carefully considered and inspired by the distinct, historic character of the Park at a time prior to the establishment of Knowsley Safari.

“It will include natural planting that will re-introduce blocks of woodland to fit the landscape sensitively, while the positioning of the lodge has been carefully selected to provide extensive views of the landscape and water that attracts the animals.”

Work will begin in Spring 2016 and is expected to take up to four months.