West Midlands Safari Park opens new £850-a-night cottages where guests can watch red pandas play

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Two new holiday cottages are opening at West Midlands Safari Park this summer.

They will be next to the red panda enclosure and will take their first guests from August.

The £850-a-night cottages join the Kidderminster park’s existing Safari Lodges which opened earlier this year, with all eight lodges being fully booked until the end of next year.

Bookings opened today, Thursday, June 17, for the new Red Panda Cottages and – despite the hefty price tag – are expected to be snapped up.

Guests in the cottages will have a close-up view of the red pandas in their newly-built enclosure.

It is the first time the pandas – which are endangered in their natural habitat in the Himalayas and China – will be at the park.

A special enclosure is being built for them, with the two guest cottages being next to it.

Each cottage is two storeys high, with the park describing them as “luxury accommodation with Nepalese design influences”.

There is an open plan living area downstairs and a spiral staircase leading to two bedrooms – one with a roll-top bath – with the cottages sleeping up to five people.

Each bedroom has a window seat where guests can sit and see the red panda right outside their window.

Chris Kelly, the Worcestershire safari park’s managing director, said: “The reception we’ve received since the opening of our Safari Lodges back in April has been exceptional, so we are delighted to be able to extend this offering with the introduction of our new Red Panda Cottages

“Not only will occupants enjoy new luxury overnight accommodation, but they will also be able to see this beautiful species in a stunning and unique environment. “

He said the red pandas could be at the park from August onwards – the first time the animals which are the size of a cat can be seen there.

In their natural habitat in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China they are on the endangered list due to loss of habitat and poaching. The Park hopes that this new exhibit can help raise awareness of the importance of helping to conserve the species and help preserve their numbers in the wild.

For £850 a night per cottage, guests will get dinner and breakfast, exclusive views of the red panda habitat and two-day admission to the safari park. Each cottage also has free wi-fi, TV, coffee machine and mini bar, filled with local produce.

Bookings are now open for selected dates from August 2 to December 31. Dates for 2022 will be released in the autumn. For further information and how to book, visit www.safari-lodges.co.uk.

Details of the new red panda cottages come as the safari park reveals the huge success of its Safari Lodges. There are two lodges overlooking the cheetah enclosure, which sleep six people and cost from £171 per adults per night and £147 for children. There are six lodges next to the elephant section with the same prices.

All eight are now fully booked until November 2022 with booking due to open for 2023 later this year.

A spokeswoman for the park said proceeds from the lodges was ploughed back into caring for the animals at the attraction.

“Our Safari Lodges are also building an incredible legacy through the long-lasting support they are providing to our animals, which is being utilised to continue to improve our animal facilities here at the Park,” she said.

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