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West Berkshire wildlife park to reopen following lockdown

Beale Park in Lower Basildon is to reopen tomorrow (Monday), following the relaxation of some pandemic restrictions.

Visitors will be admitted to the park following a prolonged period of closure due to lockdown.

Neville the crocodile at Beale Park.
Neville the crocodile at Beale Park.

Beale Park’s marketing and public relations manager, Christine Doyle, said: “We are really exciting to be opening.

“Pre-booking is essential, so please go to our website to find the pre-booking system.

Wildcat at Beale Park.
Wildcat at Beale Park.

“But there are so many new things – new animals, a bouncing pillow, a lynx, some wildcats, some porcupines that turned up just a couple of days ago, and a crocodile.

“So it’s a really exciting time, and our animals have missed seeing visitors, so we are really looking forward to welcoming visitors back.”

Other new attractions include Shetland ponies and a West African dwarf crocodile that has been named Neville following a lockdown Facebook poll.

Social distancing is to be observed at all times at Beale Park, and masks must be worn indoors.

Lynx at Beale Park.
Lynx at Beale Park.

Initially, only takeaway options will be available from the new on-site café, although the pavilion may be opened to visitors in coming months.

Pre-booking is essential.

For more information, visit Beale Park's website.

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