Nine year old tour guide Cameron, from The Kids Travel Cam, completed his summer reporting from Blackpool Zoo by road testing some of the new animal encounters on offer at the award winning attraction.

He got hands on with keepers to feed the lemurs and giraffesand his video blog can be viewed here:

Blackpool Zoo’s new programme of animal experiences launched in the summer and includes giraffe feeding, tapir tickling, aardvark encounters and a behind the scenes look at the lemurs.

And, for those who want to go that extra mile, a big cat experience and the chance to be a sea lion and bird trainer for the day can be arranged.

As a huge animal lover, Cameron, whose travels are documented on, was delighted to get the chance to show other children how fantastic Blackpool Zoo is.

He said: “There are loads of opportunities to get up close to the animals when you visit Blackpool Zoo and I have had a great time working with the staff there over the summer.

“The encounters were fantastic and I learned a lot about the lemurs and giraffes, which you can see on the video blog.”

Jude Rothwell, Marketing and PR Coordinator at Blackpool Zoo said: “We were really pleased that the Kids Travel Cam website wanted to cover various areas of our zoo in more depth after visiting to do a review before the summer holidays.

“Cameron is a natural on camera and we loved the idea of Kids Travel Cam as it tells children, from a child’s perspective, about fun and educational things they can do on their travels.”


Pictures show: Cameron on his animal encounter mission. Please click on the link below to download the image.

More information about Blackpool Zoo

A bumper year of momentous first time births, huge investment and a hat-trick of awards saw Blackpool Zoo’s visitor numbers hit new record heights in 2010.

An investment of over £1million during the year led to the grand opening of the UK’s biggest sea lion pool, which completes the zoo’s Active Oceans attraction, a brand new Wallaby Walkabout and a redeveloped home for the zoo’s resident Aardvarks Laurel and Arnie.

Blackpool Zoo won three prestigious awards during 2010. Visit Blackpool crowned Blackpool Zoo its Visitor Attraction of the Year, The Be Inspired Business Awards hailed it Tourism Business of the Year and it was also voted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year at Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards.

Blackpool Zoo is owned by ParquesReunidos, the second largest European leisure parks operator and a leading world-wide player. The zoo is home to over 1,500 mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates set amidst thirty-two acres of mature woodland and lakes.

The zoo’s signature animals include elephants, giraffes, big cats, gorillas, orang-utans, sea lions, primates, zebras and kangaroos. It is open every day of the year, apart from Christmas Day, from 10am.

For further information please contact:

Paula Holden, Julie Hackett or Denise Dawson at ICG on 01772 679383 or or

Out of hours mobile number: Paula Holden - 07772268378

More information about the Kids Travel Cam

The Kids Travel Cam – - has been created especially for children, from a child’s perspective, so kids can explore exciting places to go and cool things to do when they get there. Cam's Travel Blog features 'on-location' reports and blogs from Cam himself, so children can see first-hand what the best bits are. Meanwhile the Kids Travel Guide will help them pinpoint where in the world they’d like to go, and ways of discovering interesting stuff about other countries and the people who live there.

There’s also a Cool Corner, featuring travel gear, games and gadgets for kids on the go, and a Cool Reviews section, where children can submit their own holiday reviews. Meanwhile the Cool Schools page invites pupils to send in details of fun projects they’re doing about different countries.

For further information contact