Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by OrangePerson, 16 Sep 2014.
The NOAH Initiative at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
It mentions the Indian rhino I keep harping on about!
Here's the important bit;
The NOAH Initiative will be a new centre on the YWP site, associated with a wider 60 acres of wetlands where herds of beguiling antelope, lechwe, sitatunga, indian one-horned rhino and other grazing animals immediately adjacent already provide a uniquely engaging spectacle in enjoying and thriving within semi-flooded meadowland as they would in the wild. A stunningly designed building will itself use and publicly endorse integrated building technology addressing changing precipitation and other weather patterns.
I thought the said wetland was a Special Reserve area?
A great many non-woodland nature reserves are grazed, though - and YWP have been experimenting with grazing with lechwe and sitatunga in comparison with cattle on part of the site (a fairly serious controlled study on the face of it).
That said, the exact wording is significant - the antelope and rhino are 'immediately adjacent' to the 60-acre wetlands, not in it. (The sitatunga are already displayed this way - right on the edge of the wetland.)
A few large Bird Reserves (Wetland) run by both the RSPB and WWT have grazing cattle, sheep, deer and in some cases horses this is to keep the already established wildlife and plant life refreshed and control pests as freshly grazed land can bring in many new species of wildlife to an area if controlled correctly.
There is an area adjacent to the wetland area at the side of new access path into the Project Polar area. One end of it currently houses the Sitatunga.That would look great with Indian Rhino mixed with Chital deer. I feel the poor old rangers/keepers on hoof-stock get a bit short changed at Y.W.P. This would give them another dimension to work on.
They got giraffes not that long ago. It's the primate people who are missing out!
Is there any more news on Project NOAH? It sounds like an exciting addition to YWP.
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