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August 4 2011 5 04 /08 /August /2011 08:38

Anna Ryder Richardson was born in South Wales in 1964 and adopted very young, she went to live in Surrey. She has variously been a model, children's designer and television personality, and is married with a family. Her latest venture is to fulfil her dream and start a wildlife park in Wales, which was the subject of a documentary. Read this article to learn more about Anna Ryder Richardson.



Anna was born in Wales in 1964, to a Malaysian student father and a Welsh mother, but she was adopted very early and went to live in Surrey. In her time she has been a model,a fitness instructor and a designer of children's bedrooms. This role led her to appear on changing rooms, which made her a television personality.

She appeared on I'm a celebrity get me out of here and has also appeared on celebrity who wants to be a millionaire. In more recent time, she has been involved in advertising skin care products for Sanofi Aventis UK.


In 2001, she married long term partner Colin, a restaurateur and had children, Bibi-belle and Dixy-dot and moved to Glasgow. However, in 2005, they developed the idea of moving on in life and having their own wildlife park. This led them to purchase Manor park near Tenby in South Wales, whereupon they moved from Glasgow,selling their Georgian house in the centre.

The zoo

The Anna Ryder Richardson Zoo is now flourishing. Anna feels that she needed to make progress in her life and the zoo was the way she wants to go. She is wary of the word zoo, preferring wildlife park, as she is conscious that the word carried nineteenth century unpleasant associations of animals in cages. She is, however, aware that zoos in Britain belie the unpleasant associations of the word and that they have done important work.

The park contains a number of animals, including rare species such as lemurs, primates found in Madagascar, wild horses now extinct in the wild and the ever popular meerkats. The park developed an island to provide habitat for gibbons, a kind of ape and some monkey species. She was excited that the park could acquire some rhino, as African species of wildlife interest her. She hopes to acquire a wildlife reserve in Africa when she is sixty.

She and her family live in the park. Anna believes that in caring for wildlife and protecting some species, she is making a positive contribution to the world and creating a wonderful environment for her children to grow up in.

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July 13 2011 4 13 /07 /July /2011 10:10

The platypus is an intermediate between mammals and reptiles, as it lays eggs, but is warm-blooded and can secrete milk. It is a semi-aquatic creature found in eastern Australia, where it inhabits lakes and streams in a territory of about five square kilometres. It is carnivorous, but it is itself victim of predatory lizards and birds. Its young spend several months in the nest before emerging. This articles makes you learn more about the platypus.

Between mammal and reptile


Monotremes are classed as mammals, but they lay eggs and exude milk, not through teats, but through pores in the skin. There is one species of platypus, Ornithorhynchus anina, and no sub-species. It has a duck beak and a paddle like tail, which it uses for swimming. Platypuses are four-legged, but their forelegs have webbed feet. They are from 0.8-2.5 kilograms in weight and can reach 60 centimetres in length. In the wild, lifespan is up to 10 years, but up to 17 in captivity.


The duckbill platypus is native to eastern Australia and Tasmania. Its natural habitat is freshwater rivers, streams and lakes, so it is absent from the more barren parts of Australia. The platypus diet is the invertebrates found in these waters, such as water snails and other creatures. However, it will eat frogs, fish and insects. It hunts with its flexible bill, which contains electrical and tactile receptors to detect prey. It closes its eyes, ears and nostrils to protect them from the water when swimming.

For defence, the males have a horny spur that contains venom. Platypus venom can kill smaller creatures, but can only cause a human being great pain. However, the platypus is itself the victim of predators further up the food chain, against whom it has no defence. These include monitor lizards and several bird species such as eagles and owls. However, as the platypus is nocturnal, it has some defence against lizards, which are weak at night, but not against owls.

The young

Breeding season is from July to October, which is the Australian late winter to spring. The females lay up to three soft-shelled eggs. Platypus young hatch from eggs in their mother's nest in lake and stream banks. They are blind at first and locate their mother by touch, feeding on milk exuding from her skin. They are not marsupials, so have no pouch for the young. After about four months, they emerge from the nest and are ready to enter the water.

Vogelbekdier / Duck-billed platypusPlatypus
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June 14 2011 3 14 /06 /June /2011 07:31

There are three main safari parks in the U.K. Longleat is situated in the south of England and has a wide range of large safari animals. Woburn is situated in Bedfordshire and also has a large number of safari animal species. Knowsley is near Liverpool and has several kinds of safari animal from across the world.


Animals from Africa

Longleat displays many African animals. Lions, elephants monkeys, giraffes and rhinos can be seen with cheetahs, wildebeest and zebra. The safari park aims to create an environment which is as realistic as possible and is a home from home.

Animals are given an environment in which they are free to move around. The park also has tigers, although these are Asian animals. Monkeys are a popular attraction, and they have their own enclosure.

Important considerations

Longleat is situated on the A362 between Warminster and frome. Drivers can access this road from Junction 18 on the M4. If you are taking your car, remember, safety matters, so visitors have to make sure that they travel in enclosed vehicles without a soft or open top. Nor are they allowed out of vehicles in certain places.



Woburn is one of England's best known wildlife parks, and it is situated in Bedfordshire, which places it in Eastern England. It is the park most accessible from East Anglia. Drivers can access Woburn from the M1, leaving at junctions 12 or 13. The park is well signposted after these junctions.

Information on animals

Woburn contains a wide variety of safari animals, similar in range to Longleat. Rare white rhinos can be seen, and there are the usual lions and several species of antelope, and it has specimens of the African wild ass. There are several kinds of monkeys. Visitors can drive through subject to the usual safety rules outlined above, and they can also attend a range of talks on wildlife.


The north

Knowsley is the northern safari park. situated near Liverpool. It is accessible from the M62, junction 6. This leads drivers to the A57, which they leave at exit 2, whereupon they can easily follow the signs for the park. Knowsley is the park most accessible for people from north west England and Cheshire. Like the other parks, you can drive through subject to safety regulations.

The park has a wide range of species besides the normal lions,etc. Among the animal wildlife visitors can see are African wild dogs, cape buffalo from South Africa and the graceful eland, a kind of antelope. Species from across Africa and Asia are to be found at Knowsley.

Monkey at Longleat Safari Park | Source http://www. flickr. com/photoKnowsley Safari Park
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