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Nov 28, 2011

Waterworld and Bug City renovation


Waterworld and Bug City renovation 

Waterworld & Bug City (WWBC) was originally designed and managed by the presenter of National Geographic’s ‘Insects from Hell’ series – Jake Willers. It remained unchanged for 10 years. Visitor attendance to this area of the wildlife park had been decreasing over the past three years, and interpretation began to look tired. It needed a change.

In the Autumn of 2010, plans were discussed to divide the area into various different biomes, so the visitor experience would be greatly enhanced. The aim of this project was to provide an immersive environment for our visitors and to demonstrate the importance of bug and water life throughout the world by using micro-habitats and innovative interpretation. We also wanted to provide as naturalistic an environment as possible to improve the welfare of the species. The plan was to utilise the interpretation to guide visitors through the different biomes, enabling them to use all their senses to increase their awareness of the eco-systems that were being re-created.

The authenticity of these biomes was integral to the visitor experience, so advice from key members of staff with extensive invertebrate expertise, including entomologists, was invaluable to the success of this project.

The exhibit opened for the February Half Term 2011, which coincided with the launch of both our new Reptile Husbandry Workshops and Phobia Sessions, which were both greatly received by the press.

Since its re-launch it has been a positive hit with our visitors as the anecdotal and recorded evidence has shown so far.


Shepreth Wildlife Park

WINNER of BIAZA Award 2011 (small collection) for Best New Zoo Enclosure



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