FIRST LOOK AT GIRAFFE AND RHINO LODGES AT SAFARI PARK…

West Midland Safari Park have opened its new luxury lodges, offering overnight stays with views of giraffes and rhinos.

Eight two-storey lodges are now ready to welcome guests and are integrated into the white rhino and giraffe habitats, giving guests a truly unforgettable and immersive experience.

The white rhino lodges sleep up to six people and are the only experience of their kind in the UK. The ground floor has an open-plan living space, secluded chill out nest which doubles up as a cosy double bed and has a balcony offering ground-level views of the rhinos.

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Guests enjoy the view from the brand-new Giraffe Lodges at West Midland Safari Park

Two bedrooms and a bathroom are located on the first floor, along with a balcony providing panoramic views of the rhinos and Safari.

In the giraffe lodges, guests are able to come eye-to-eye with the Park’s charismatic tower of eight giraffes from the balcony on the first floor, which is where the living room, kitchenette and dining room are situated. A bathroom and two bedrooms are downstairs, providing accommodation for five people.

The introduction of the new lodges has enabled the Park to update and improve the habitats of the animals, giving them 24-hour access to both their indoor and outdoor environments.

Managing Director, Chris Kelly said, "We're thrilled that the new giraffe and rhino lodges open on Friday and they look spectacular. Our teams have been working incredibly hard over the past six months to get them ready and add all the finishing touches that will make our guests’ stay truly memorable.

“Alongside the lodges, we have upgraded and built brand-new facilities and habitats for the giraffes and white rhinos. The rhinos have moved into their new home and have settled in well. The giraffes are a bit more tentative in nature and needed coaxing in with some of their favourite treats. They are enjoying exploring their new surroundings and seem to be very captivated by their new human neighbours, often watching them, curiously!”

He continued, “I hope our guests enjoy their experience with us and we look forward to starting our next stage of development with the Tiger Lodges, which we hope to open later in the year.”

White rhino and Rothschild’s giraffe are classified as “Near Threatened” by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), with both species facing threats in the wild such as poaching and habitat loss.

The Park’s white rhino and Rothschild’s giraffe are both part of an EEP (EAZA Ex-Situ Programme), an international, collaborative breeding programme by European zoos, supporting the conservation of their wild counterparts by creating a reserve population. The new facilities enable the Park to continue their important work with the EEP.

The giraffe lodges are almost sold out until 30 September 2022, but there is some availability for the Rhino Lodges, with prices starting at £490 per night for two guests.

Safari Lodges short breaks include breakfast and dinner, spectacular views of the animals, admission to the Park for two days and Theme Park wristbands, during the summer season. The lodges also include free Wi-Fi, smart TV, robes, Noble Isle toiletries, 24-hour concierge and hot drink facilities.

Bookings for the lodges and further information can be found on the Safari Lodges website: www.safari-lodges.co.uk.