Creative pupils win safari competition

TWO imaginative youngsters got the chance to go wild at Knowsley Safari Park after winning a competition in which local schoolchildren had to design and create their own animals.

Friday, 20th August 2010, 2:43 pm

Leah Tierney and Sidney Pearson both came face-to-face with the giraffes at the popular tourist attraction after their creative designs came joint first in the competition organised by a local housing trust.

Leah, 11, came up with an Elasspidelog, while Sidney, 10, designed an Elemoose – Buttercheepengaffe.

Both were invited to meet the the safari park’s tallest characters from a new viewing platform.

Leah and Sidney, who both won family passes to the park, even helped to give the giraffes their lunch!

Leah, who attends Park View Primary School, said: “I was so happy when I found out I had won. The idea for the Elasspidelog just came to me.

“I loved feeding the giraffes. They kept licking my hand. It is good to be able to get that close to them.”

Sidney, a pupil at Knowsley Village Primary School, said: “I liked a lot of other animals and decided to put them all together. Then I put all the names together to give it a name.”

Sidney’s mum Julie Currie, 36, said: “Her design is brilliant and really colourful.

“Hand feeding giraffes is not something you get to do everyday. She has really enjoyed it.”

Knowsley Housing Trust chiefs, who organised the competition, own 13,000 homes locally and say they will invest a further £30m in the area in the next year.

Competition judge Phil McNamara, from KHT, said: “It was really hard to choose the winners as all the designs were of a really high standard.

“I liked the bright colours of Leah’s Elasspidelog, and the name. She put a lot of effort in.

“And Sidney’s Elemoose – Buttercheepengaffe was just a really creative and colourful drawing and an amazing name – she should work in marketing when she is older!

“It has been great to work with Knowsley Safari Park to encourage local youngsters to get creative.”

Knowsley Safari Park’s giraffe viewing platform has been open since the spring.

General manager David Ross said: “The new platform has proved very popular with visitors.

“The winners showed incredible imagination and we hope their visit to the park will continue to inspire them.”