West Midland Safari Park has announced that you can now book to stay in one of their new red panda cottages overnight and wake up to wildlife. The park, located in Bewdley, Worcestershire, already has eight lodges available to allow visitors to overlook cheetahs and African elephants, creating an immersive overnight wildlife experience, and has now opened two newly-renovated cottages for visitors to stay at.
Integrated into the park’s brand new red panda exhibit, the ‘Red Panda Retreat’ is designed to give visitors an unforgettable stay in a unique setting. The two cottages, nestled into the Discovery Trail within West Midland Safari Park, have been expertly refurbished into luxury accommodation with Nepalese design influences.
Each two-storey cottage has an open plan living area downstairs, with lounge and dining spaces, with a spiral staircase leading up to two bedrooms, one with a super king bed another with three single beds. The double room also features a stunning free-standing copper roll-top bath, for guests to relax and take in their tranquil surroundings.
Window seats are also featured in every bedroom, from which guests can have an amazing view of a red panda right outside their window and watch the endangered species lounge and play in their brand-new habitat.
The exhibit, Red Panda Retreat, opened on August 2 and will be the first time red pandas have been housed at the park. Red Panda Retreat has been specifically designed to showcase the species’ natural behaviours, with stimulating and enriching environments such as climbing structures, nesting boxes and plenty of planted bamboo.
Red pandas are endangered and can be found in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. The wild population continues to decline due to habitat loss and poaching. West Midland Safari Park hopes that this new exhibit can help raise awareness of the importance of helping to conserve this species and help preserve their numbers in the wild.
The Red Panda Cottage stays include exclusive usage of the cottage for up to five people, dinner and breakfast, exclusive views of the red panda habitat, and two-day admission to the safari park and its attractions. Each cottage will also offer free Wi-Fi, TV, coffee machine and mini bar, filled with local produce.
The news of these Red Panda cottages opening comes as West Midlands Safari Park has unveiled plans to for its second phase of Safari Lodges accommodation, offering luxury overnight stays with giraffes and white rhinos. Guests can book their Red Panda cottage stays via the park’s website and prices start from £490 per night; with dates for 2022 stays still available.
For further information on the red panda cottages and details on how to book, visit the website here.
West Midland Safari Park, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 1LF