A busy day on the cards tomorrow as we welcome over 40 Masters students, studying everything from Veterinary science to Cognitive behaviour.
Our research centre is set to grow even more in the coming twelve months as we take on more programmes working with our increasing number of both parrots and mammals, already completing 3 papers (all published) we look forward to increasing this number as more and more academics get involved with the centre.
out of the many 100s of animals and birds we only have to current problems, one in the hospital, which is a poor little Senegal who has a mouth injury, the other is one of our reindeer’s, she has caught her eye, (poor design giving them antlers and no protective eye glasses 🙂 )she has been caught twice and had a long-lasting eye ointment which contains antibiotics.
Talking about reindeer’s, we cannot believe just how their colours have altered, two of them are almost white and look truly amazing.
All the rest of the guys are doing very well and getting ready for another winter.
We are in the final throes of the new enclosure and have today completed the fibreglassing on the housing roof, it still needs a gel coat but that will mean its fully water tight, but saying that, in-between coats today we also got all the inside under coated and the steel guys arrive later this week.
Bookings for Christmas dinner are rolling in and slowly filling up so if you’re interested, get your booking telephoned in so as to guarantee your table.
So its day 302 and thats Bonfire Night, we dont have fireworks here naturally due to the animals and parrots, Im sure it would frighten them to death but that doesn’t stop me having my own personal bonfire at 6.15 in the morning as can be seen on the pic below.
We are so pleased that we are still having visitors through the door, something we would have expected to have come to a halt by now, i think they’re making the most of this sunny weather and the quieter walk around the place, they’re probably glad that the kids are back at school…..or they could just be trying to get a sneaky look at the new enclosure thats behind closed doors.
The enclosure is coming along fine and is still on course to be completed in a couple of weeks or so, internal building will be totally rendered by tomorrow and hopefully the fibreglass will be on making it waterproof so we can work that few more hours in the dark. Outside we have now put in some 60 ton of soil and Pete’s flattened and compressed it, the turf will be here next week.Then its on to the roof and mesh walls along with the safety porches, all in all very close….
I am still suffering from the most severe form of man-flu in Lincolnshire or maybe England but Im fighting it, friends on Facebook have sent me a number of remedies all involved large quantities of alcohol with the odd drop of honey in, with just one, although it was from Michelle, saying get someone to rub Vicks into the soul of my feet ….mmmmm still not sure if thats a wind up????? Anyway my remedy is to try all the alcohol they suggested and I have and also to work it off, to which I am and must say after 6 days, I am beginning to feel a little better…
Remember you can catch me on Facebook just type in Parrot Zoo, Twitter is @parrotzoo and so is Instagram where you can get more pictures of the animals.
Oh one last thing, the big Blue guys are now in their new aviary and loving it.
After one of the best years for warm weather here at the Sanctuary, it does appear to be on the change now, it started off very cold, this lasted for a couple of hours before the sun came out and layers dropped off, within a few minutes all the guys were down to their t-shirts (and trousers before your mind wanders).
All the enclosure stats kicked their heating on and as to be expected, all the parrots made a sharp exit outside, not keen on too much heat…
Jackson and Milly the Mandrills also decided that outside is far better than their heated play room, so although it started a little chilly, none of our visitors missed a thing as the birds and animals enjoyed the warm sun.
We have moved 45 ton of soil into the new enclosure ready to receive the turf that arrives next week, we have also put the first stage of the new roof on ready for the fibreglass and mesh and then there is the housing unit, thats got one more day of render before we resin coat and put in the new floor, all in all still on course to have it complete in three weeks time……
Here I am, sat in the study at 20.49pm on the 3rd November sipping at my glass of white wine while reading the responses to my previous blogs and its quite satisfying that even though I haven’t really been on the ball this year what with all the new enclosures being built and the massive changes within the business, but even after all that, I have 37,945 views to the blogs, producing 634 positive responses and 5 negatives, all the negs from the Unlike tribe I believe. This in mind I think its worth while continuing writing them and hopefully now my first book is complete (108,000 words in part one) I may even get a little better grammatically, who knows.
Now for the TEST bit….. In this new blog program I have some online stats built in so would like to give them a go with your help.
I dont know exactly what you see, but if theres a SHARE option, please press it….
I will let you know what happens
Thank you to all the 37,945