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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Meeting The President!
Yesterday our President came to town for a very special event.
I have told you about...and shown you photos from our dearly beloved wildlife park lots of times.
We are one of the top 5 tourist attractions in the country...and we are SUPER.
The conservation elf is on the Board of Governers so we got to be invited guests.
It was very much a whistle stop tour for a very busy lady...we were lucky to have her.
She came,met everyone, toured the park...
on one of out tourist trains.....this is the other one,especially loved by the children....like me!
She gave a superb speech....it was touch and go if the rain would hold off..
she couldn't believe how much freedom and space the animals have.
The park does a wonderful job. liitle Rua the baby red panda is going off to start a new life soon and hopefully help to make more red pandas!
Next she unveiled a commemorative plaque alongside beautiful bronze cheetah sculptures.
This is just in front of the new entrance/extension...on the park side. cant you see the curtains in the first photo? the people who work in the offices have cheetahs just outside their windows...real cheetahs!
The extension also includes a new gift shop/cafe complex with outdoor seating. Just opposite is a new enclosure with Meerkats and Mangabey monkeys, which can be enjoyed along with a cup of coffee.
Look at the stunning natural woven fencing.
She shook hands with so many people and posed with little children who had had their faces painted and their mums.....and me too(shook hands that is!)
Sorry that I can't show you lots of photos.....
but here she is elf chatting with the conservation elf.
She was so genuine....we are so lucky to have her as our President.
Sadly she had to leave after only a short visit and we all had to continue the celebrations without her.
A ride on my favourite train and a yummy buffet and a walk back past the animals....
can you see the Ring Tailed lemurs who enjoyed the day too?
Super, super day.....we will be back to the estate on sunday for the annual Rare and Unusual Plant Sale...and on Easter Sunday with the grandson now two and a half who adores all things train!