For the first time in the Park’s history, red panda will now be part of the vast range of wildlife that call West Midland Safari Park home.

For the first time in the Park’s history, red panda will now be part of the vast range of wildlife that call West Midland Safari Park home. With a brand-new exhibit located in the Park’s walk-through Discovery Trail for Safari Park guests, and newly renovated cottages which look out into the red panda habitat for overnight stay experiences; it’s an immersive and unique trip for all who visit.

The two luxury cottages, 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. A spiral staircase leads to two bedrooms, one with a super king bed and another with three singles.

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 in her brand-new habitat.

The state-of-the-art exhibit, named ‘Red Panda Retreat’, is the new home of a one-year-old female red panda named, Mei Lin. Born in 2020, Mei Lin has come from The Welsh Mountain Zoo located in Colwyn Bay, North Wales and has been settling in well at the Park for the past week, prior to moving into her new habitat.

Mei Lin’s new home has been designed to showcase her species’ natural behaviours, with stimulating and enriching environments such as nesting boxes, climbing structures, feeding platforms and bamboo. She also has an air-conditioned panda house, in which Keepers can perform medical checks and monitor her wellbeing up close if needed.

The open-air enclosure will give Mei Lin 24-hour access to both her indoor and outdoor spaces. This also provides guests staying at the cottages 24-hour access from their accommodation windows to see Mei Lin in her new habitat.

In addition to the exhibit and cottages, the Park has also invested in a brand-new retail store where guests can purchase various red panda related gifts and souvenirs during their visit. The new shop is located next to Red Panda Retreat, within the Discovery Trail area of the Park.

Mei Lin will eventually be joined by a male red panda in the future, and it is the hope that the pair will go on to breed. Red Pandas are naturally solitary animals that come together when it is breeding season; and the site’s Wildlife Team are thrilled to be working with the European Breeding Programme for red panda and its conservation efforts through the red panda network.

The Park hopes that the new exhibit and cottage stays can help raise awareness of the importance of helping to conserve this species and help preserve their numbers in the wild. 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.

The Red Panda Cottage stays will 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.

Guests can now book their red panda cottage stays via the Park’s website, with selected dates still available for the remainder of 2021. Prices are £850 per cottage, per night; and dates for 2022 stays will be released in Autumn 2021. Find out more details on how to book here:

The red panda exhibit and red panda shop, will be open to West Midland Safari Park guests from 09:30am on Monday 2nd August. During August, the Park will be open until the later time of 7:30pm, giving guests more time to discover all the Park has to offer. To guarantee entry during this busy period, it is advised that tickets are booked in advance via the Park’s website:

All activities (excluding Theme Park rides) are included as part of the standard admission charge of £25.00 for adults, £20.00 for children aged 3-15 and £22.00 for concessions.
Children under the age of three are free of charge. Admission includes a Free Return Visit when purchased online. Adventure Theme Park rides are charged extra.
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