Staff at West Midland Safari Park are busy putting together the finishing touches for their annual Easter Eggstravaganza event and the animals are getting involved too!
From 13-28 April, over 50 giant, brightly-coloured eggs will be popping up all over the Park’s walk-through areas, including the Sea Lion Theatre, home to three California sea lions – Callum, Jack and Bounty.
To get the trio ready for Easter, keepers incorporated one of the giant eggs into the sea lions’ daily enrichment, placing the egg on their ‘beach’ for them to discover and play with.
Head Keeper of the Discovery Trail, Amy Sewell, said, “Our sea lions are getting super eggcited for Easter. We introduce our sea lions to lots of different enrichment throughout the year, as sea lions require a lot of mental stimulation. This can range from a puzzle feeder, to training, to a giant egg. Each new thing is interesting to them in a different way.”
She continued, “We loved watching the boys eggsplore their new toy. The egg was very different from anything they have ever had before. They eggspecially enjoyed pushing it into the water, (the keepers did not, as it meant having to try and fish it out before it sank!).”
The giant eggs will form part of an interactive Eggsplorer’s Trail, where guests will be invited to help find the missing eggs hidden around the Park, to be rewarded with a chocolate treat.
There will also be an exclusive competition, which involves guests taking a picture with the final egg on the trail and posting it to the Safari Park’s Facebook page, to be in with the chance of winning a Family Annual Pass.
Guests can learn more about the amazing sea lions in the daily shows, alongside other encounters such as penguin, hippo and meerkat feeds, friendly animal encounters, lemur talks and discover reptiles talks.
Families can enjoy all of the Easter fun included as part of the standard admission charge of £24.00 for adults, £19.00 for children aged 3-15 and £22.00 for concessions. Admission includes a Free Return Ticket. Adventure Theme Park rides are charged extra.