New Kiang Herd for Britain’s Best Safari Park

By on Thursday, November 6, 2014

kiang_knowsley_safari_park_wild_assKnowsley Safari Park is home to a new herd of Kiang, the largest species of wild ass.

Dad Alistair, 12, mother Soba, 7, and son Khal, 5 months, are joined by a one-year-old filly called Amala.

The indigenous Chinese animals were originally housed in Scotland, arriving in Prescot in August.

They were kept in a separate paddock while they settled in, and have now been released to explore their new, 40-acre habitat.

Visitors will be able to observe the changing colours of the Kiang’s coat; from a rich chestnut to a darker brown in winter, to a sleek reddish brown in late summer, when the animal sheds the woolly fur that is keeping them warm.

“Kiangs are very adaptable and sociable animals,” said Head of Animal Management Eveline de Wolf, “and the herd are settling in well with the other animals on the drive.

“It is a unique experience to see the Kiangs, Bactrian camels and Pére David deer grazing alongside each other, and watching as the herd enjoys exploring the varied landscape at Knowsley.

“Luckily, all of the animals from the Northern Hemisphere are made of hardy stuff, and are used to coping with extreme weather conditions, so they are well prepared for a Merseyside winter.”

The zoological attraction was named Britain’s best safari in the 2014 Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards, and recently reported a year-on-year membership increase of 97 percent.

Knowsley Safari Park Gallery

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Fallow Deer

Click here for Knowsley Safari Park visitor information, including open times and prices.

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