At Peak Wildlife Park we are passionate about conservation; our mission is ‘to take and inspire action to secure wildlife and wild places’. We aim to achieve this in three key ways.
1) We take conservation action at the park very seriously. We care for a number of species who’s future might not be secure without the help of the international captive breeding programmes which we participate in. Currently these include endangered species such as the Visayan warty pig, all three of our lemur species, Humboldt penguins and Maneless Zebra.
2) We take action in the wild. We work closely with the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, to promote conservation locally. Our team have taken part in habitat restoration at the nearby Roaches Nature Reserve, as well as raising money to safeguard the future of ground nesting birds.
3) We inspire action. Your experiences here are crucial to our mission, by allowing visitors to share large natural habitats with endangered animals living ‘wild-lives’ here at the park, we hope to inspire our visitors to care for wildlife as much as we do.
The park has recently joined forces with the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to help safeguard the future of ground nesting birds through ‘Operation Curlew’. The chicks and eggs of ground nesting birds, such as the curlew are extremely vulnerable to predation, with very few individuals making it to adulthood. Most nests are predated at egg stage by foxes (responsible for 50% of failures), and badgers (responsible for 25% of failures).
In order to improve success rates, The Trust drew upon previous work carried out by the Curlew Country Project who had seen success using electric fencing to protect nests. The fencing prevents ground predators from accessing the site, whilst allowing the parents to come and go freely. Since the project tarted, Peak Wildlife Park has raised over £600 which will go towards the purchase of electric fences, as well as wardens to locate and check the nesting sites.
Here’s a video of one of this years nests, the young hatched before the fences could be erected, but it’s amazing to see the interest in the nest shown by the local cattle!
During the summer of 2018, The Roaches nature reserve in Staffordshire was ravaged by fire destroying over 60 acres of moorland habitat. This habitat is home to a number of important species such as ring ouzel, short-eared owl, curlew, common lizards and red grouse. The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, and its Senior Warden, John Rowe have been working tirelessly to restore much of the habitat lost because of the fire, and on the 4th of December 2018 Peak Wildlife Park sent out a work party to help with this restoration, rebuilding paths, and readying areas for replanting.
We’re hoping that this will be the first of many such trips, and with time, and the amazing work of the Trust and it’s volunteers, we’ve got our fingers crossed that the effected areas will make a full recovery.
We ensure our animals are healthy and happy by providing them with large, naturalistic spaces in which they can behave as if they were in the wild. Our lemurs can climb trees, eat leaves and interact with a variety of other lemurs from different species just as they would in Madagascar. Our penguins can dig their own nest sites, swim for fish in a choice of pools and even go for long walks in what is one of the biggest penguin habitats in the zoo world! Our shy critically endangered Visayan warty pigs can roam amongst lush vegetation, rooting for treats exactly as they would in the islands off the coast of the Philippines where they originate from!
Our keeping staff and vet team keep a close eye on all our animals to ensure they stay healthy and receive exactly the right amounts of food; something that isn’t always guaranteed in the wild!