Conservation

Our efforts towards Conservation

 

Since its conception in 2012, All Things Wild has been passionately committed to educating the next generation about the natural world and our role, as humans, within it. Our aim is to provide engaging experiences with wildlife, which helps to promote awareness of the world around us and inspire people to ‘do their bit’ for conservation and the environment.

Together we really can start to make a difference. 

Sustainable Practice

Running our park in an environmentally friendly way is of big important to us as a business. Over the past few years, we have made many changes to our operations to facilitate this. These include:

 

  • Our Jungle Mayhem building collects rain water to flush some of the toilets on site.
  • We have solar panels on the roof of Jungle Mayhem to help heat and light our Reptile vivariums.
  • Our café have reduced their plastic by selling cans instead of bottles (including cans of water!)
  • Our gift shop sell a collection of eco-friendly toys, including Eco buddiez soft toys.
  • We have recycle bins around the park to encourage our visitors to recycle their rubbish.
  • We have reduced our paper trail, by making maps and trails downloadable for our visitors.
  • We have conservation based signage and displays throughout the site, to educate our visitors on the problems that our planet faces and how they can help.
  • Looking towards replacing park vehicles with electric/hybrid vehicles.
  • Replacing some lawnmowers with electric ones.
  • Growing more food and browse on site for our animals.
  • Planting more trees.

We pledge to commit with ‘Future Net Zero Standard’ to identify where we can reduce emissions, set targets for emission reductions, as well as develop and implement a net zero strategy.

 
 
 

Endangered Animals

All Things Wild is home to many endangered and near-threatened species

  • Species classified as ‘Critically Endangered’ on the IUCN Redlist of Threatened Species include; Cotton-top Tamarin, Red-Ruffed Lemur, Electric Blue Day Gecko (Williamsi Gecko), Axolotl, Wild Bactrian Camel.
  • Species classified as ‘ Endangered’ on the IUCN Redlist of Threatened Species include; Yellow Headed Day Gecko, Chinchilla, Ring-tailed Lemur.
  • Species classified as ‘Near Threatened’  on the IUCN Redlist of Threatened Species include; Three-banded Armadillo, Cuban Boa, Striated Caracara.
  • Species classified as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Redlist of Threatened Species include; Sailfin Dragons.
  •  

We are contributing towards the conservation of these species by raising awareness of the species and educating our visitors on the threats that these species face in the wild. Our Red-ruffed Lemurs are part of a European breeding programme. We also have breeding plans for certain species such as; the Cotton-top Tamarin and the Electric Blue Day Gecko.

Did you know… There are only 2,000 mature Cotton-Top Tamarin individuals left in the wild. 

Did you know… Electric Blue Day Gecko numbers have been decimated by capture for the pet trade. 

 
 
 

Native Wildlife

Our native wildlife is just as precious and important as that overseas. At All Things Wild, we are passionate about creating habitats for our native species and educating our guests about what they can do themselves.

  • We have created a ‘Wild Meadow’ onsite with a wide range of flowers and grasses to provide a perfect environment for a range of species.
  • We have a number of hedgehogs on site for whom we provide hedgehog boxes for.
  • We also have a range of ‘bug hotels’ to provide a home for invertebrates.
  • Our Dinosaur field incorporates 2 ponds as a home for aquatic wildlife and a wide range of dragonflies, amphibians and birds, such as Kingfishers, have been spotted here.
  • We feed our local native birds (and sometimes Squirrels!) with a range of bird feeders and bird tables.
  • We allow many areas of the park to ‘go wild’ and allow the nettles to grow, as this provides a valuable habitat for a range of invertebrates.
  • We celebrate the work of the heroic bee across the site, with patches of wildflowers grown wherever we can find a gap.

On top of all of this, we run fun and informative sessions for guests and schools which can include bug hunting, butterfly counting, bird spotting and leaf collecting. We use these sessions to promote what people can do at home in a windowbox or garden.

 
 
 

Step Into the Wild Collaboration

We are pleased to announce that we have been involved in a new wildlife project called ‘Step into the Wild’.

Step into the Wild has taken an area of over 100 acres, in South Wales, and is working with The Wildlife Trust, The Woodland Trust and Natural Resources Wales, in a huge re-wilding project in the hope to return the natural grasslands and woodlands back to their former glories! Trout, Watervole, Kingfishers and Otters were once common visitors to the site, but numbers have steadily declined in the last 25 years.
 
After just 12 months of this project, we are already seeing the difference!
More wildlife have been spotted such as; Green and Spotted Woodpeckers, Tawny and Barn Owls, 9 species of Bat and even more recently, Otters
 
Sarah Kessell, of the Welsh Wildlife Trust, has been working with Step Into the Wild on a number of different projects, such as; reinstating the Kenson River, and the re-establishment of saltmarsh meadows (an extremely rare but important UK habitat).
We have also ran a bio-blitz on site there, in conjunction with the Wildlife Trust. 
 
 
Future planned projects include substantial tree re-planting and the possible re-introduction of native animal species!

Watch this Space!

Education

  • We run a wide range of sessions for schools including many focusing on conservation. These cover topics such as; endangered species, wildlife at home and the threats to our oceans.
  • We work closely with the local home education community and run regular sessions on animals and the environment.
  • We run regular itinerary sessions and animal talks for our guest, all of which include an environmental or conservation message.
  • We hold conservation themed weeks, focusing on different topics. A favourite is always our Conservation Quiz, complete with prizes!
  • We have previously run a Conservation Club, aimed at 8-14 year olds, where they can get dropped off for 3 hours and learn all about the environment.
 
 
 
 

Fundraising

We are currently supporting the Macaw Recovery Network and the World Parrot Trust.

We have previously collected money for:

  • The Shark Trust
  • Madagascar Flora and Fauna Group
  • Cool Earth
  • WIRES

We raise money through collection pots around the site, a book library, pre-loved sales and even a Summer fete.

 
 
quick-desktop