A much-loved local attraction is asking visitors young and not-so young to rummage amongst their photos and diaries and send in pictures and memories to help celebrate a significant milestone, and the chance to win a special anniversary reward.
In 1992, Milnthorpe’s Lakeland Wildlife Oasis opened their doors for the first time, and over the 30 enthralling years since, have captivated and educated visitors with their furred, feathered and finned inhabitants, as well as contributing to many worldwide conservation programmes.
As part of their year celebrating this milestone, the “little zoo with lots to do” is asking visitors to dig out pictures of their visits to the zoo across the decades, which will then be displayed at the zoo as a digital and physical wall of memories throughout the summer.
“We often have parents telling us how much they loved visiting as children themselves” says zoo founder Jo Marsden.
“Which made us think what a perfect time to capture the zoo’s legacy, across 30 years of changes and challenges, as a thank you to our loyal supporters.”
The zoo are also welcoming stories, anecdotes and memories of family visits and memorable moments spent up close and personal with any of the zoos amazing animals.
The best ten photos and submissions will be rewarded with an invitation to the zoo’s anniversary party, on Saturday July 9, which includes entry to the zoo and hot food from the BBQ for the people in the photo.
“We’ve already received some great pictures and memories,” says Jo, who’s been going through her own family albums.
“We’d love pictures of children visiting the zoo “then and now” perhaps a scowling three-year old who’s now an ecologist or a merchant banker and it will be great to meet up with some of them, now they are grown up, at our party.”
“You forget how quickly things change; I’ve found pictures of our family standing onsite when it was just an abandoned nursery glasshouse, looking at bit shellshocked at the work ahead of us.
“It’s been an incredible 30 years, and with the natural world under threat more than ever, we’re determined to continue making a difference over the next 30 years.”
The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is open for voyages of discovery 7 days a week, 10am till 5pm.
To keep up with all their amazing animals and Summer of Celebration events, go to www.wildlifeoasis.co.uk, and check out ‘Lakeland Wildlife Oasis’ on Facebook for daily updates and pictures.