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The UK’s leading theme park has revealed plans for the opening of a new African-themed animal attraction. Little Africa will open to the public for the first time on Sunday, February 11, just in time for February half term.
Little Africa will house a number of animals native to the continent, including fennec fox, African crested porcupines, meerkats, Savannah monitor lizards and giant train millipedes, as well as one of the largest rodents in Africa, the Gambian pouched rat, and also the smallest, the African pygmy mouse. At the centre of Little Africa is an impressive aviary where a mix of bird species such as the trumpeter hornbills, Madagascan teal and black-crowned night herons, will share the same environment that has been designed to replicate an African water hole.
James Mancey, operations director at Paultons Park, said: “Now in our 35th year we want to continue to improve and add to our offering. 2018 is set to be an exciting year to visit Paultons Park, with the launch of two new attractions, there will be something new for children of all ages to experience.
“Little Africa is going to be an educational, interactive and exciting attraction. There will be a number of animals that children, and even parents, will have not seen before.”
Family-run theme park Paultons Park opened in 1983. The park covers 140 acres and has more than 70 rides and attractions including Jurassic-themed attraction Lost Kingdom, which saw the Hampshire-based park, have a record-breaking year in terms of footfall, when it opened in 2016.
In June 2017 Paultons Park won TripAdvisor’s best-rated UK amusement park for the second year in a row. Paultons Park is the only park to have ever received this award two years running.
2018 tickets for adults and children one metre and over start from £29.25 when booked in advance online, and children less than one metre enter for free.