You may have heard about the terrible fire at Chester Zoo on Saturday 15 December 2017.
Sadly, some animals situated close to the fire did not make it - insects, frogs, birds and fish.
Chester Zoo says that visitors were immediately evacuated, and keepers were able to encourage the mammal species away from the fire to safety, including the critically endangered Sumatran orangutans, Sulawesi macaques, endangered silvery gibbons and birds such as rhinoceros hornbills.
The zoo has featured in a television series and one of the things which I found very endearing about it was the way the keepers spoke about the animals in their care. My thoughts are with you all, sending big hugs and love to you all. It must have been a very frightening experience.
Gordon joins the Pazhetnovs, a family of biologists, who work to re-habilitate orphaned baby cubs.
There are over 100,000 grizzlies in Russia but there is increasing conflict with humans as people encroach into the wilderness. Cubs are abandoned every year as their mothers are disturbed in their dens.
The Pazhetnovs have been helping bears for 30 years and when Gordon arrives in February, they have rescued 6 cubs.
They are five weeks old and weigh less than a bag of sugar each. Two of them were dumped in a bin in Moscow. Two were found outside a vets in a box in St Petersburg. Two were handed in by loggers who scared their mum away.
So the task at hand is to introduce the cubs to the wild in nine months. Will Gordon succeed?
The second episode shows the bears going through a training programme, learning how to forage and how to swim. They also have to put on enough weight to make it through the Russian winter.
And what’s more, there’s a test at the end to see if they are ready to survive in the wild. Will they all make it?
The NAWT operates 6 re-homing centres across the south of England in Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Cornwall, Essex, Hertfordshire and Somerset. As well as cats, dogs, birds and field animals, they also have rabbits and guinea pigs looking for homes.
There’s lots of helpful information there and also details on what to do if you or you & your company want to volunteer!
What's more, they've got some very helpful advice for young people who want to do something to help and really volunteer, which is great - there's lots of things that young people can do.
They have some great products in their shop, including those fabulous cards from the Little Dog Laughed range – I love those, they are so clever.
And if you’re looking for meaningful gifts for an animal lover, they have Animal Sponsorships – you can sponsor an animal for a year, feed an animal for a year and provide animal training and enrichment training for a year.
If you're looking for a really special gift experience idea for two big cat lovers, perhaps for a very special birthday or anniversary, what about giving them a Weekend or Weekday Luxury Lodge Stay with the Big Cat Sanctuary?
Virgin Experience Days have just added this to their list of gift experiences:
Weekend Big Cat Sanctuary Luxury Lodge Stay with Dining and Hand Feeding Experience for Two
One night accommodation in a luxury Double Lodge
Afternoon tea for two with prosecco, overlooking the lion enclosure
VIP guided tour of the sanctuary with unique activities
Pre-dinner drinks and a three-course meal, face-to-face with African lions
Full English breakfast
Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
For the weekend experience, your overnight stay is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Exclusions may apply.
For both experiences, vouchers are valid for 9 months from the date of issue and you must have booked and taken your experience before the expiry date. Virgin Experience Days recommend you book at least four weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. All bookings are subject to availability.
So this is a great way to get closer to big cats without leaving the UK and have a short break with a difference!
Escape the modern world and discover the beauties and wonders of nature.
Take a walk through the beautiful woodlands and meadows of Lee Valley Park.
One of the venue’s barn owls will be going with you, and you’ll see the owl flying freely in their natural environment before calling them down to your leather gloved hand. Get close up and personal with these beautiful birds of prey – this is a great introduction to the world of falconry!
The experience location is Enfield in Greater London.
And what’s more – Buy a Gift are doing a 2 for 1 offer on this Woodland Walk and Owl Flying Experience at Lee Valley Park. For ONLY £45 instead of £90. That’s an incredible offer.