More and more enjoy the animal magic

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As spring temperatures soar, visitors have flocked to Blackpool to enjoy the sunshine.

And the animals at the resort’s zoo are no exception.

The early season warmth gave the zoo’s lions and tigers and excuse to bask in the sun.

Meanwhile, the Caribbean flamingos were glad of a shady pool to cool off in.

The Magellanic penguin was pleased to take a cold shower underneath a drinking fountain, while a tiger club enjoys a refreshing drink as temperatures rose to 16 degrees centigrade.

Blackpool Zoo announced record figures for the sixth consecutive year in 2014.

Visitor numbers, school visits and memberships were all up 10 per cent, on the previous year, which all led to a 10 per cent rise in revenue.

The zoo is home to more than 1,500 mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates set in 32 acres of mature woodland and lakes.

It is open every day of the year, apart from Christmas Day, from 10am.