Ribby Hall Wild Discovery hosting conservation evening

Posted on - 19th August, 2022 - 12:38pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Partula snails in captive breeding Pic: Wild Discovery
Partula snails in captive breeding Pic: Wild Discovery

Wild Discovery at Ribby Hall Village, in Wrea Green have their annual conservation evening planned for Saturday, 20th August 2022.

The public is invited to visit the zoo in the evening and learn about its conservation programmes through interactive talks and demonstrations.

Entry is £5 per person from 6pm until 8.30pm all proceeds go towards our conservation programmes.

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Wild Discovery is a small zoo that opened in 2016 and their aim is to give people the opportunity to learn about the amazing animal kingdom through interactive and educational activities.

Over the last three years the zoo has grown massively seeing the introduction of many new animals from all around the world, some of which are very important to the survival of their wild counterparts.

Partula Snails

Their Conservation work extends through all taxa which include Snails! Partula snails to be precise.

“The species we hold and breed at Wild Discovery are extinct in the wild, therefore our facility breeding also known as ex-situ conservation breeding is vitally important to the survival of this species.

“During 2022 if covid restrictions permit, we plan to start returning these snails back to their native lands, The French Polynesia Islands.”

Over forty years ago the entirety of the Partula wild population was threatened by an invasive species, the Rosey wolf snail. This snail is a carnivorous species and prayed upon the Partula and eventually drove them to wild extinction.

Captive populations were secured, and breeding began as a preservation mission, this has carried within a few zoological collections across Europe while the eradication mission of the Rosey wolf snail began.

The Islands are now almost free of the Rosey wolf snail and so the mission to release these small snails is to begin.

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Emperor Tamarin

Wild Discovery has now paired up our Female Emperor Tamarin, these are part of an EEP breeding programme which is a global breeding programme to ensure we have preservation of this species in captivity.

This will enable the zoo to release them back into the wild once we have secured their protection in the Wild.

Captive populations are managed by a Studbook whose job is to make sure these animals are paired correctly to ensure they have strong genetics within their captive collections.

They now house one male and one female called Robotnik and Esme.

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