Things to do...

There's a new Andean Bear cub at Chester Zoo!

Click here to find out more about this Andean Bear

 

What else can you find at the UK's wildlife parks and safari parks?  Click here for a list of wildlife and safari parks in the UK

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Get Active with Animals...

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50 things to do

before you're 11 and 3/4.... The National Trust is full of ideas, click here to see some of them

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Robins are the UK's favourite bird - here's a lovely poem about robins and how you can encourage them to your garden. More Info

Get active with animals in leisure time - photography, drawing, reading, discovery, taking a course in animal care

 
Leisure time is very precious to most of us - it's a chance to unwind and indulge in something we find of interest and want to have  go at.  There are a number of ways you can enjoy leisure time with animals - these activities are the sorts of things you can do in your spare time even when it's cold, wet and miserable outside and you just want to curl up by the fire or equally just chill on a warm sunny day  

Photography
Animals make great subjects for photography, whether it's your own pets at home (or someone else's!) or wildlife, perhaps on a wildlife photography experience day.  There are also wildlife photography courses and wildlife photography experience days you can do to improve your skills, techniques & knowldge.  Or you can simply practice your photography on your pets at home

 

Reading
Animal magazines are a welcome relief to see when you arrive home - a welcome change, too, from brown envelopes with bills, unwanted junk mail, and the other stuff you toss aside.  Many charities send out a magazine with their membership, or you can subscribe through various online retailers for certain periods of time.  These can provide perfect reading and indulgence time when you're commuting too (if you're not driving!)

 

Knitting
If you enjoy knitting, you could knit squares for your local animal charity.  My aunt in New Zealand, now well into her 80s, does this and she's been pictured in the local paper with her knitting needles, a cat and her squares.

 
Animal Care Courses
If you're interested in what you're studying, it makes all the difference.  There are a wide range of animal care courses available these days - some are preparing students for a chosen career path but there are also tons of courses on offer. The National Trust for instance has a programme of informal courses for adults, and talks. Click here to delve furtherWildlife Trusts also offer a considerable range of short couses - our offering in Sussex is just fantastic. Click here to visit The Wildlife Trust  - there are 47 local Trusts in the UK, so hopefully you will be able to find one near you.  For more animal care courses, click here
 

Grooming your pet
This can be amazingly therapeutic.  I spent an hour brushing our dog last week.  He lay on his back with his paws in the air (which made it tricky to get to some bits), while I brushed away and watched an hour of TV. It was a very happy hour. Groom your pet and see how much more relaxed you feel afterwards.

 
Drawing
I was no artist at school - I didn't even make it to GCSE level.  However, in recent years I've spent some time trying to capture Trouble in drawings.  They've been very fast - sort of a Rolf Harris speed - because he always seems to know when I'm trying to draw him and he moves after three or four minutes.  Nonetheless, my efforts have given me great pleasure, lots of relaxation, some frustration - and pictures which now look a bit like him.  You don't need a full artists kit to get going - just get some paper and a pencil to start you off. 
 

Writing
Writing can be a great way to unwind - it can also be a practiced craft (Speaking of which, you could also pratice crafts with an animal theme.)  There are some good writing courses you can do from home, such as the long established Writers Bureau, or you can go at it on a more informal basis, perhaps writing short stories about animals, or more factual articles.  Whether you want to get published or not, that's a decision to ponder!  You could of course start your own blog - perhaps about an animal species you particularly care about or a cause with an animal theme.

 
Crafts
Getting active with your hands and enjoying animal-related craft activities can provide hours of fun and enjoyment for people of all ages.  Click here to see a range of craft ideas with an animal theme!