As the Tropical World Ambassador, I have had the opportunity of recently visiting Lotherton.
When I first arrived, we looked around the gardens which had a variety of birds, including Parakeets,
Owls, Emu’s and many more. Sadly the weather that day was so cold many of the animals wanted to stay
hidden or inside their enclosures!
Meeting Arthur the Tapir
The most exciting part of my visit was when I met Arthur, the Tapir who is a new animal to Lotherton, and is one of my favourite type of animals. I got to meet Arthur in his enclosure, and I was
lucky enough to stroke its chin and belly.
Tapirs are similar in shape to a pig, with a short, prehensile nose
trunk. Tapirs inhabit jungle and forest regions of South America,
Central America, and South Eastern Asia. The four species that
have been evaluated (all save the kabomani) are all classified as
endangered or vulnerable. Their closest relatives are the other
odd-toed ungulates, which include horses, donkeys, zebras and
You can see Arthur when you visit Lotherton. You can see inside his
enclosure through the window, or if the weather is nice he can be seen
outside along with the Capybaras that are his friends. He is really cute,
you would love to see him, so go and visit him at Lotherton!
Flamingos and penguins
After visiting Arthur the Tapir, I had a private visit to see the Flamingos, who were inside due to the
bad weather, trying to keep warm.
Next I visited the penguins who have recently arrived to their newly build enclosure especially for penguins. I watched them as they splashed about in their pool. I also hand fed the penguins at
the same time as trying not to fall in!
New animals, new developments
It was really fun feeding the Penguins. There are lots to
see and I have been told there will be older penguins
coming soon to help settle the younger Penguins in.
While we walked around with Rob Young, Head
Keeper at Lotherton, he told me about the possibility
of new animals and new developments that maybe
happening soon, so keep an eye out for news from
I can’t wait to visit Lotherton again in the Easter
Thomas Paddy, Tropical World Ambassador, March 2018