Posset brownies star in Noah's Ark nativity

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By Carol_Deacon | Sunday, December 23, 2012, 10:44

Noah's Ark zoo farm at Wraxall finished its season in style this year with two packed-out live nativity plays featuring schoolchildren and brownies.

The children from Whitchurch Primary School and 4th Redcliffe Bay Brownies performed alongside Dora the donkey, Rosie the sheep, Jessie the Jersey cow and goats and alpacas.

The 'live' annual show was staged in the festively decorated barn. 

The schoolchildren performed their nativity C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Spells Christmas on Saturday, December 8, and the Portishead brownie pack showed their acting talents on Saturday, December 18, with The Greatest Gift.

Two charities were supported through collections taken at the end of both festive Saturdays with money raised split equally to Crisis Centre Ministries and Hope For Life Katanga.

The Crisis Centre provides support for people suffering drink and drug addictions and homelessness.

Hope For Life is a new charity set up by a Nailsea couple to support poor communities in Uganda, with money raised going towards education and self-sufficiency projects in the Katanga slum.

Noah's Ark is now closed for the winter season and reopens on Saturday, February 2.

There are more than 100 sorts of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates at Noah's Ark including several important species classified as 'endangered' to 'vulnerable' on the IUCN Red List. 

These include cotton topped tamarins (critically endangered), black and white ruffed lemurs (critically endangered), white rhinos (near threatened), Brazilian tapirs (vulnerable) and siamang gibbons (endangered).

The zoo has been building a new 20 acre elephant habitat since September and visitors will see a new elephant barn and yards completed in the spring. 

The exhibit is due to open during summer 2013.

Elephant Eden was officially launched to the public in September 2011 with the help of television personality and former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe who is a family friend of owners Anthony and Christina Bush.

Noah's Ark attracts more thanr 135,000 visitors each year and was started at Moat Farm back in 1999.

Animals include lions, giraffe, zebras, rhinos, tigers, gibbons and camels.

As well as the longest hedge maze in the world, visitors can enjoy huge indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds. 

For more information about the animals, 2013 entry prices and events at Noah's Ark click HERE.

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