Crack the code this Easter

Ready to sharpen your wits, dust off the brain cells and ferret out some fun facts about wildlife?

New Forest Wildlife Park is organising a Crack the Code Challenge this Easter school holidays from April 1st to 20th.

The cracking clues will be hidden in eggs around the park as part of the annual Easter Egg Hunt and anyone who unscrambles them will win a prize.

This Easter school holidays there will also be animal encounters and keeper talks throughout the day, allowing visitors to learn more about individual animals and their care from the park’s knowledgeable keepers.

200 new pupae have already been delivered for the Tropical Butterfly House, which re-opens on March 27th, when these colourful creatures will begin to emerge.

New pupae arrive weekly throughout the season, allowing children to witness all stages of butterfly development and to watch the tropical visitors in all their glory.

The park’s glasshouses have recently been refurbished, with a centrepiece of a new glass home for the harvest mice, so that visitors can watch the everyday activities of these busy creatures in a re-creation of their natural environment.

Great Grey Owls Patty and Selma are the latest new arrivals, transferred from the Chestnut centre in Derbyshire.

New Forest Wildlife Park now has 12 species of owls, as well as a wide range of other animals to see in beautiful natural surroundings, including free-roaming roe, sika and fallow deer, and Asian short-clawed, North American River and Eurasian otters.

Vocal giant otters Simuni and Akuri are always popular with visitors and you can also see lynx, Scottish wildcats, wolves, wallabies, foxes, wild boar, European bison, red deer, polecats, pine martens, mouflon, ferrets, badgers and hedgehogs.

There are two fabulous adventure playgrounds for children and adults – Go Wild and Mini Go Wild – where you can let off steam, have fun and explore your climbing, swinging, bouncing and balancing abilities.

New Forest Wildlife Park rescues injured and abandoned wildlife, such as orphaned otters, in association with the RSPCA and is involved in international captive breeding programmes for endangered species, such as the giant otter.

The New Forest Wildlife Park is at Deerleap Lane, Longdown, Marchwood, Southampton, SO41 4UH. Tel 02380 292408. www.newforestwildlifepark.co.uk