Blair Drummond Safari Park hosted a weekend of ocean-themed activities on 8-9 June
The special events, which co-incided with World Oceans Day, were part of a global celebration of the world’s oceans. There were lots of activities for visitors, including the opportunity to lean about the amazing wildlife in our oceans and to take part in a large-scale art project led by local artist Donna Owens.
The Safari Park, which is home to Humboldt penguins and Scotland’s only sea lions, also hosted Officers from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, who were on hand demonstrating equipment and teaching younger visitors about water rescue and how to stay safe when playing around waterways. And there were representatives from charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, along with the opportunity to learn more about Scotland’s new deposit return scheme from campaign group ‘Have you got the bottle’.
Alex Wainwright, sea lion keeper at Blair Drummond Safari Park, tells us more:
‘World Oceans Day takes place every year on June 8th and is celebrated around the world by special events like this one at the Safari Park.
Plastic pollution is very topical at the moment and our sea lion presentation is a great way to show simple things that everybody can do to help look after our oceans.’
Donna Owens who has worked for fifteen years with arts agency Artlink Central was at the Safari Park over the weekend running an interactive workshop on the theme of protecting the wildlife in our oceans and waterways.
“We built a giant sea lion from materials that would otherwise be disposed of as waste. People of all ages contributed to the finished artwork, which is now on permanent display at the safari park to highlight the issues of plastic waste in our oceans.”
Heather McLaughlin, community project officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful said:
“We were delighted to be working with the park again this year as part of World Oceans Day celebrations. With 80% of marine litter coming from land it is important that we work with businesses, schools and communities to tackle this issue from source to sea.”
World Ocean Weekend at Blair Drummond Safari Park took place on 8-9 June. All activities were included in the standard price of admission or free for members.