Safari so good

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Get up close to some wild animals at Woburn Safari Park this weekend.

The creatures include two-year-old Kasanga, the latest addition to the lion pride who is being primed to take over the top spot as leader.

It is hoped Kasanga will breed with one of the park’s female lions to produce cubs.

Woburn Safari Park offers visitors the unique opportunity to drive through the animals’ enclosures, getting closer to the animals than you would in a normal wildlife park and watching them in a more natural environment.

Woburn’s residents include Otzee the chief rhino, who turns defensive when a new and very noisy playmate arrives at the park, bull-elephant Raja who enjoys a regular pedicure and the monkeys who cause mischief amongst themselves when battling about food and hierarchy.

Another new addition is a baby giraffe, who was born in February at a height of 6ft.

The road safari takes around an hour to complete and you can make as many repeat circuits as you like.

You can even time your visit to coincide with the animals’ feeding times, which are listed on the Woburn website.

During feeding, staff will give talks about the animals and answer your questions.

After your safari, visit the Wild World leisure area where you can meet the smaller residents of the park and enjoy some indoor fun at the Mammoth Play Ark.

Don’t miss the Treetops Action Trail, an aerial assault course.

The safari park is open from 10am until 5pm.

Tickets cost £19.99 for adults, £17.99 for pensioners and £14.99 for children. Discounted tickets are available if you book online at