He has handled the world’s deadliest animals and travelled to some of the most remote places on earth, yet daredevil Steve Backshall was almost stumped by his latest challenge – rescuing a fairy, trapped in a castle!
The BAFTA-winning adventurer and wildlife expert took on the unusual challenge – a far cry from meeting deadly sharks and snakes – when he visited Hobbledown Adventure Park and Zoo in Epsom, Surrey this week.
Together with his Olympic Gold Medallist wife, Helen Glover, and young family, Steve visited the children’s attraction to open a new giant play castle – part of an £800,000 summer investment at the site.
Alongside the Castle, Hobbledown opened two new animal walkthroughs featuring ring-tailed lemurs and lorikeets to join the other 40 species of animal visible at the park.
After his heroic rescue, Steve said: “I wasn’t sure I could do it at first, it’s not something I’ve trained for but the other kids gave me some good advice and fortunately we made it ok. But it was a tough one!!”
During his visit Steve took time out to try out many of the play features on offer, including the High Ropes Course and Zorbing, and meet many of the animals such as meerkats, lemurs and camels.
Hobbledown is a multi award winning adventure park and zoo which opened in 2012. It is based on a story book of the same and Fern the fairy is one of its characters.
It has won a string of awards including being named a ‘Top UK attraction to take the kids to before they grow up’ by Family Traveller Magazine, and Netmums ‘Best Outdoor Play Venue’.
Play equipment includes secret underground tunnels, climbing equipment, aerial adventure courses and more. And there are more than 40 species of animal in the zoo.
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