Progressive zoos like Thrigby Hall are becoming a refuge for many beautiful species as their natural homes are destroyed by man. Some species, such as the Sumatra Tigers are down to just a few hundred in their natural habitat, which is a fraction of the numbers there used to be. The forest where they live is being cut down at such a fast rate, that they tigers who still live there are lucky to be alive, and it looks like the numbers will continue to go down until the only place you will be able to find them is in zoos. It is the hope that one day, if and when really safe areas in their homeland can be established, there will be animals to aid restocking. Even when the tigers had large numbers in the wild it was very rare to see one, while in zoos we can safely admire these animals and other species. Their appreciation is a good step to accepting that we have a duty to ensure their perpetuation.
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens is a strong supporter of The World Zoo Conservation Strategy of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
The collection of animals at Thrigby was the first to be signed over in entirety to the Joint Management of Species Programme.
A common belief is that all leopards live in the tropics of Africa and Asia, but this is not so.The Amur Leopard is at home in the harsh regions of Korea and Russia. The Leopard could survive in all parts of its natural range if it were tolerated and not persecuted by man.
Willow Pattern Garden
The legend of the Willow Pattern Garden shown on Blue Pattern plates can be summarized as follows. The Chinese scenes depict a widely held belief of the story about the Mandarin's daughter who fell in love with her father's poor secretary, their elopement, pursual and transformation into a pair of doves. People looking from the lime tree lookout
Lime Tree Lookout
The lime tree lookout provides an excellent vantage point from which to study the various wildfowl in the willow pattern lake.
Tiger Tree Walk
The tiger tree walk high in the trees is not for the faint hearted. It is a special walk constructed in the trees which surround the tigers' enclosure to provide the opportunity for an excellent birds' eye view.