Natureland Seal Sanctuary is preparing itself to welcome a surge in visitor numbers this weekend, when the start of the February half-term break will signal the first large influx of daytrippers and holidaymakers of 2013.
Staff and volunteers at the animal sanctuary have been gearing up for the busy period.
Over 20 tons of sand have been barrowed by hand into the Pets Corner and the Meerkat exhibit to refresh the ground and improve drainage.
The Leopard geckos have moved to a new exhibit.
And a number of special activities are also being lined-up for the break.
On Wednesday, February 20 the centre will have a ‘Birds of Prey Day’.
Rosewood Falconry will be bringing a selection of owls and hawks to Natureland.
Visitors will be able to have their photos taken with the birds and learn about the different species.
The site’s Blue Lagoon restaurant will also reopen from February 17 to 24 for hot and cold drinks, snacks, etc - somewhere to have a warm break if the weather is not being kind.
Meanwhile, the sanctuary’s seal population continues to do well. Rescued seals Mo, Tyson, Beth, Zara and Victoria are all currently in the rearing pool awaiting release once they are heavy enough to fend for themselves.
And they aren’t the only animals who have been making good progress.
Six baby scorpions were born at the sanctuary on February 9.
After birth the white babies ride on their mother’s back for about 10 days before turning black, falling off and fending for themselves.
Natureland Seal Sanctuary is open from 10am to 4pm every day. Feeding times are 11.30am for seals, baby seals and penguins, 2pm for baby seals only and 3pm for seals, baby seals and penguins.