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Easter Bunny visits Woburn Safari Park

Keepers at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire have been putting on special Easter egg hunts for the animals. African lions, Barbary macaques, lemurs and Squirrel monkeys have been finding egg-shaped 'enrichment treats' in their enclosures.

African lions enjoying frozen blood eggs. Credit: Woburn Safari Park
Ring-tailed lemurs fighting over an egg-shaped beetroot treat. Credit: Woburn Safari Park
Barbary macaques tucking into egg-shaped treats. Credit: Woburn Safari Park

“Nutrition is an important part of enrichment for the animals and egg-shaped goodies are a perfect way to present their foods in a different way that encourages them to display curiosity as well as other natural and wild behaviour.”

– Chris Smart, Woburn Safari Park

Bear cubs come out of winter hibernation into new home at Woburn

Alabama, Kaska and Sekani enjoying their new home Credit: Woburn Safari Park/Bridget Davey Photography

Three young bear cubs at Woburn Safari Park have come out from their first winter hibernation into a new 13 acre-home.

The North American Black Bear Cubs were the first to be born at Woburn for 18 years in April last year.

The cubs in 2016 Credit: Woburn Safari Park/Bridget Davey Photography

Having just recently emerged from their winter hibernation, keepers decided the North American black bear cubs were ready for their big move into a larger parkland enclosure.

Woburn is the only place in the UK where the public can see this bear species, and the three one-year-old cubs are the first to be born at Woburn in the past 18 years.

Kaska enjoying the new surroundings Credit: Woburn Safari Park/Bridget Davey Photography

"Now that the cubs are becoming more active and independent, it is the right time to let them enter and explore the main reserve. The public love to see the bears and the species is really popular with visitors driving though the Road Safari route. Our bears live wild and enjoy a beautiful parkland environment, which is very close to their own natural habitat."

– Ben Davies, Senior Keeper


New Center Parcs complex opens in the Anglia region

Britain's newest Center Parcs holiday complex has opened in Bedfordshire.

It has been ten years in the planning, cost £250 million to build and employs more than 1,500 people in the region.

The company is hoping its location, at Woburn just an hour from London, will encourage new customers to try its forest-based holidays. The company says 40% of the accommodation is already booked for the next 12 months.

Centre Parcs already has another site in the Anglia region at Elveden in Suffolk.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Luke Farrington

Teenager golf star joins Ian Poulter as Woburn pro

ITV News Anglia has followed Northamptonshire golfer Charley Hull's career since she first stepped onto the green aged just nine years old.

Since then, she's risen to stardom winning her first Ladies European Tour title on Sunday.

Today, on her 18th birthday, she signed as a Touring Professional with Woburn Golf Club. Charley's in good company there with Ian Poulter, who's been a pro at Woburn for nine years.

Click below for Olivia Paterson's report.

Golfer Charley Hull signs pro deal on 18th birthday

It has been quite a week for the Northamptonshire golfer Charley Hull.

On Sunday she won her first ever tournament on the Ladies European Tour and now she has signed a contract as a Touring Professional at Woburn Golf Club near Milton Keynes.

And if that wasn't enough, today's her 18th birthday.

Charley said: "I've always dreamed of it for a long time, you know five second place finishes in my first five events last year, it was like I don't want to be the girl who finishes second.

"So then I got the win out of the way and now hopefully there are many more to come".

Click below to hear a clip from Charley.

Thousands apply for Centre Parcs jobs

The parc taking shape. Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 11,000 people have applied for jobs at a new holiday village in Bedfordshire.

Centre Parcs is due to open its Woburn Forest site in the spring.

Bosses say most of the applicants live in the local area but they have had interest from as far afield as the Isle of Man and Inverness.

The new chalets being kitted out at Woburn. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Half the 1,500 roles have now been filled, with two out of five new recruits aged between 16 and 24.

Judi Leavor, human resources director at Center Parcs, said: "It's fantastic to have received so many job applications for the new site already... This recruitment drive should have a tremendous impact on the local community in terms of economic growth, both in the short and long term."

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