Laura’s walk on the wild side

Sue Harrison, Ellie Ingham, Nikki Mallott, Ellie Sowerby and Laura Howarth
Sue Harrison, Ellie Ingham, Nikki Mallott, Ellie Sowerby and Laura Howarth
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They say never work with children or animals – but a safari park’s latest recruit is set to shine doing both.

Laura Howarth, 22, has become Knowsley Safari Park’s newest Learning and Discovery Officer.

With a background working with children’s hospices and a keen interest in wildlife, Blackpool-based Laura is set to prove a roaring success at the Safari.

Laura said: “I can’t wait to get stuck into the kids clubs during the school holidays, in particular the Knowsley Academy, as this will give me the opportunity to interact with teenagers looking for a career working with animals and really make a difference.”

First opened in 1971, the safari drive now covers 550-acres, where visitors can enjoy a wild family adventure, going face-to-face with more than 700 animals including zebra and tigers.

It’s an interactive experience, with lions blocking paths and baboons peering into car windows.

This year Knowsley is launching its ‘Wild Trail’ attraction to the walk around area, where families can visit the new European Moose and explore its environment while learning all about the indigenous species which inhabit it.

Budding zoologists can join Laura and the team at Knowsley Safari during weekends and school holidays through education groups including; Intrepid Explorers for ages eight to 11, Junior Rangers for ages 12 to 14 and Knowsley Academy for ages 15 to 18.

As well as taking part in these groups, Laura will also be working with the team to provide outdoor learning activities with schools and visiting local schools to teach children about animals, the environment and the small changes which can be made to help make a big impact on the environment.

She added: “At Knowsley Safari I will have a variety of responsibilities, from giving guided tours to doing kid’s clubs.

“It seems like no day will be the same and this was something that really excited me – they say never to work with children or animals but I can’t wait.”

For more information on how to get involved with education at Knowsley Safari contact www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk.