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Little Africa Exploring begins in 2018 By Professor Blast

Wednesday 30th August 2017

I LOVE Africa! Its beautiful scenery. Its Sweeping hot savannahs, and vast desserts. Its beautiful wildlife and stunning sunrises and sunsets. Its culture. The mud huts, sculptures, paintings and music. Many a time I have explored it and this is why I am so excited to be able to share some of these experiences with your class in our new land coming to the park in 2018!

Introducing ‘Little Africa’ a ‘little’ space dedicated to a large continent where you can discover a range of fascinating indigenous animals and learn about this exotic land (it is actually the second smallest continent in the world but it is still home to a massive 55 countries!!) .

When I found out about this new development in the park I was (as you can probably tell) very excited!! I love exploring the dusty savannahs and the interesting animals in Africa and I think it is brilliant that I will be able to share some of it with you here in Hampshire!!

With the introduction of Little Africa the Education Department are launching a whole new range of biology-based workshops for KS1-KS2 children. Workshops will be matched to the National Curriculum and will offer exciting ‘animal encounter’ sessions where your class can meet (and stroke) real animals including reptiles, mammals and invertebrates! Please keep an eye on the education page for further details on these new exciting workshops coming next season.

As you can tell by the pictures, construction at the Little Africa site is well on its way. Completely African themed, Little Africa will include a nocturnal house, outdoor enclosures and a beautiful free-flying aviary full of exotic African species of birds.

I hope that you will join us on one of our fascinating workshops inspired by this incredible continent and we look forward to hopefully welcoming you and your class to Little Africa next year.

Paultons Park can now offer truly cross-curricular learning opportunities with Physics, Computer Programming and Biological sciences leading the way!

Follow @paultonseducate for development details

Please email education@paultons.co.uk for further information.

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Professor Blast

Name: Professor Stanley H Blast

Occupation: Full-time Scientist and inventor

Likes: Rollercoasters, bird watching, zoology and travel

Dislikes: Air resistance - it's a real drag

About: Growing up, Professor Blast has always enjoyed science and the outdoors. A keen backpacker, he spends most of his summers' abroad, exploring far off lands. A self-confessed theme park enthusiast, Professor Blast now works at Paultons Park, researching and inventing in his Learning Lab. His recent discovery of the Horned tree-mouse (which can be seen in the Lab) gained him wide-spread acclaim.

Name: Peter Petri

Occupation: Research assistant to Professor Blast

Likes: Horticulture, Quad biking and knitting

Dislikes: Gravity - it really gets him down

About: Peter Petri has always enjoyed the countryside and is a very keen gardener. Peter has worked alongside Professor Blast for a number of years, and has become an expert in the use of fire extinguishers (mainly thanks to the Professor's mistakes). During the summer, he looks after the Learning Lab whilst the Professor is on his fieldtrips.