Preparations are well underway at West Midland Safari Park in readying the attraction for its big reopening next week on Monday 12th April, in line with the official Government roadmap.
The Park has been closed since early January following the implementation of a third national lockdown.
Excitement is building in the lead up to welcoming guests back to visit the site’s numerous walk-through attractions, theme park rides, food outlets, shops; and of course, its renowned four-mile safari drive-through, where you can spot the Park’s latest arrival, Inesh the Indian rhino calf as he continues to grow and explore the reserves.
Staff have been working especially hard to ensure all various safety measures are in place, giving guests a safe and enjoyable visit upon their return. These measures include regular disinfecting of public areas, additional hand sanitising stations, limiting the number of guests entering shops, takeaway food offerings only, and new signage to ensure social distancing is adhered throughout.
In 2020, the Park invested in a highly effective product called Zoono, a revolutionary antimicrobial protection spray, which once applied lasts for 30 days, and the Park have continued to use Zoono as part of their COVID-19 safety precautions. The Park will also be implementing the Government’s mandatory NHS Test & Trace Scheme, which all guests over the age of sixteen must check-in to upon arrival.
The Park’s food outlets will be operating as takeaway propositions for the time being, and indoor attractions including Lorikeet Landing, Reptile House, Aquarium and Twilight Cave will remain closed for now. All of these measures will be reviewed in relation to the latest Government roadmap and guidelines on a regular basis. Managing Director of the Park Chris Kelly said:
“After what has been a very long winter and an extremely tough 18 months for everyone during this global pandemic, we’re thrilled to be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, starting with the Park’s reopening next week!
“Our staff have been working incredibly hard to prepare all areas of the Park, so that guests can have a safe and enjoyable visit when we welcome them back. We will be encouraging our guests to continue to adhere to all our safety procedures and will be monitoring Government guidelines closely, as we navigate our way through the months ahead in lifting various measures.
“With the launch of our highly anticipated Safari Lodges also happening next week, we’re very excited about the future to come and a much brighter, prosperous year.”
The Park’s African elephants will now be visible for Safari drive-through guests, at their newly completed luxury habitat, which has been purpose-built into the Park’s long-awaited Safari Lodges development. The area includes a vast drinking pool and waterfall which will be at the forefront of the new reserve for the Elephants to enjoy.
Spring and summer months are usually a very busy time for the Midlands attraction, but as the Park is limiting its numbers for safety reasons, guests must ensure that they book all tickets in advance of their visit to guarantee entry via the Park’s website: www.wmsp.co.uk .
West Midland Safari Park will be open from Monday 12th April, with attractions including Land of The Living Dinosaurs, Ice Age exhibit, outdoor areas within the park’s Discovery Trail and Boj’s Giggly Park playground. There will also be an update to the Park’s FAQ’s section on their website which can be found at wmsp.co.uk/safety.
Further information about West Midland Safari Park is available from the Park’s website .