Following on from last year’s additions of Meerkats, Penguins, Otters, a new education room and multiple tropical fish (all of which have quickly become firm favourites at Sealife Adventure), we have big plans to expand even further in the very near future!
You’ve probably noticed in the recent weeks that we have already expanded our Sealife Adventure family with the addition of our WILD Attraction. If you haven’t, let us fill you in! In mid-February, 20 Slender-tailed Meerkats and 3 Giant African Spurred Tortoises made their way from Tropical Wings in South Woodham Ferrers after the sad news of the attraction’s closure – we’d like to give a huge thank you to Rona and Denis Strong, owners of Tropical Wings for their continued support with this. You can check out their journey in the video above!
Well, we’re extremely excited to inform you that this is hopefully just the beginning of some great things to come at WILD! On Monday 19th March 2018, we applied to Southend Borough Council for further planning permission to expand WILD into something bigger than ever before! If our application is successful, we will be looking to add multiple new enclosures, both indoor and outdoor, including a Crab Eating Macaque Monkey enclosure, indoor Tropical House, outdoor children’s play area and Beach-hut café!
Phase 2 will begin by building new homes for 21 Macaque Monkeys, who we have rescued from an Animal testing laboratory in Italy, where they had been tattooed with ‘ID numbers’ and upsettingly set to be euthanised.
We have been working closely with leading specialists in the country to rescue and design these monkeys’ new homes, to ensure that they are spacious and comfortable, giving them the best quality surroundings. Work on this will begin as soon as planning permission is agreed with the aim of it opening this summer.
Once the Macaque house has been completed, work will soon begin on Phase 3, an indoor Tropical House attraction, containing, butterfly’s, birds, crocodiles and a new array of fish! All of the animals who are to be exhibited at WILD are were deemed to be surplus by other organisations, or were rescued from poor or uninhabitable conditions. However, when they are with us, they will have the best treatments, lodgings and food available!
To top off our WILD adventure, we are looking to incorporate an outdoor children’s play area and a beach-hut café just next to it, so the adults have somewhere to sit whilst the kids have fun and play.