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Low visitor numbers forces Eden Ostrich World to close

A family farm park near Penrith which boasted one of only three rare animals in the world has closed after 13 years.

Ostrich photo
Eden Ostrich World

Eden Ostrich World, which at one time housed a very rare zebroid – a cross between a horse and zebra – finally succumbed to bad weather and low visitor numbers over the winter and has shut up shop.

Owner Karen Peet said she was sad to close but said they had seen a drop in visitors over the past five years.

The attraction closed initially for the winter last October and had hoped to reopen in March but Mrs Peet said they decided to close permanently in December.

The park was set up by Mrs Peet and her husband at Langwathby Hall Farm in 1998 as a diversification project.

Ten staff were made redundant when the attraction closed for winter – the first time in years it had shut.

Mrs Peet said bad weather during the summer over the past five years had affected their trade, compounded by severe winter weather in 2010 and 2011.

“It’s a mixture of different reasons why we decided to close,” she said.

“People just weren’t spending much money.

“I’m sad it’s closed but we’re dependent on the weather because we were an outdoor attraction and [low visitor numbers] just built up.”

Mrs Peet said all the animals had been sold and the farm continued as a working farm, with a caravan pitch.

She thanked all the customers who had visited over the past 13 years, saying they would miss them.

Over the years the attraction widened out from ostriches, taking in pygmy goats, cattle, donkeys, meerkats and ducks.

Zebroid Pozee-Tinkerbelle was born at the farm after an affair between Shetland Pony mum and a zebra.

She was thought to be one of only three zebroids in the world, with others in France and one in America, and shot to national fame after news of her birth spread.

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Absolutely devasted to learn that Ostrich World has closed down for good have been many times and always had a good time well worth the money

Posted by Joanne McKie on 8 July 2012 at 22:14

@ Ian

Howdo Ian. Tha sed:-
"Obviously you thought so highly of our great County that you decided to up sticks and leave expat Marra?"
You assume to know my reasons? You have the arrogance to think you know my mind?
"Also, as im sure your aware, the world is on its knees at the minute so things like days out, going the pub, etc fall by the wayside."
Yup, I don't live under a stone...
"Maybe you could make the 6000 mile journey and go on a single handed business saving crusade?!"
Mebbe tha's gonna send us the cash ter do it?

.. overall, Ian, I'm really not sure what the heck you are trying to say. People move around a lot these days, I know folk who have moved to Australia, New Zealand, and they all had good reasons for leaving their beloved county. Just because a person leaves Cumbria doesn't mean that they hated Cumbria, yanno? To paraphrase an old saying:-

You can take a man out of Cumbria, but you can't take Cumbria out of the man.

And I am being more Cumbrian here than I ever was "back home", because I reckon that these Texans that I live among need their brains expanded, bless 'em. Its also funny to hear a Texan ask for a "bag of ass" when they want a pack of frozen water..

Posted by Expat Marra on 3 March 2012 at 08:16

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