Here at Wild Arena we love all the animals we work with, and of course all the money you spend on photography workshops, helps the organisations we are visiting to continue their great work. James Welch one of the fabulous Lion keepers who works at Knowsley is so passionate about his Lions, that in his spare time he runs the charity The Safina Lion Conservation Fund. This charity is a great way for us to not only support Lions in the wild but also support James in his wonderful work. We’ll leave James to tell you more about the charity and how we are supporting him.

‘I was delighted to be approached by Wild Arena last year to see how they could help us, a newly formed charity with similar interests to their own. After some brainstorming in their kitchen over food! It was decided that for all Big Cat Workshops held by Wild Arena at both Knowsley Safari Park and Woburn Safari Park that Janet and David would donate one pound for each guest attending, towards our cause.

At the Safina Lion Conservation Fund we aim to educate the public about the plight of the lion in the wild by working with zoos to hold educational events and talks and through information on our website. We also work to raise funds for lion conservation efforts working hard to protect these iconic animals in the wild. It is a little known fact that the lion was once one of the most widespread large land mammals on the planet, and that their persecution now means their overall wild population is now estimated at less than 30,000. The first project that we have been able to support is an organisation called ‘Lion Guardians’. They work by recruiting illiterate pastoralist warriors and training them to read, write, work GPS equipment and learn how to monitor and protect lions in the wild. Each Lion Guardian is given a zone to protect and are responsible for the lions within it. These Guardians are extremely valuable people as not only are they from the community themselves, they have grown up with the problems faced by confrontation with lions and many have killed lions in the past. Now by working for and with lions, they are perfectly qualified to sympathise with their community and to know the struggles that they are facing. We work with them by sponsoring a years salary for one of these Guardians. Our first Lion Guardian was Longoi Ole Parsitau, he was based outside the Amboseli National Park in Kenya and monitored an area called ‘Risa’. Sadly Longoi retired this year but our sponsorship will now move on to his brother Kuya Kipampa who has started to monitor the same area. Once trained Lion Guardians are a formidable yet familiar face for the local community who try to mitigate conflicts and solve problems for the lions and the people.

We are so thankful to everyone at Wild Arena and to everyone who has taken part in a big cat workshop this year as you have contributed nearly £500 to our cause! Thanks to your help we are able to provide another years sponsorship for Lion Guardians which will take us well into 2019. I look forward to updating you all again and I hope many of you are pleased to know what a portion of your fee has gone towards. For more information on Lion Guardians and our other projects please look on our website’.

Thanks again!

James Welch

Chairman

Safina Lion Conservation Fund

We are hoping to tie in more of our workshops with relevant charities and will keep you updated on these and of course on James’s progress.

With Christmas just around the corner, if you are still looking for that special gift then hopefully we can help! We are offering 10% off our gift vouchers and Macro sessions, please just use code xmas10 at the checkout. With all our vouchers and confirmation we send these via email to try and help the environment, if you would still like a postal voucher then these can be brought separately.

We can process email vouchers for orders placed before 12pm on 24.12.18 and postal voucher for orders placed before 12pm on 20.12.18 please follow this link for more information.

Very excited to have just released the dates for our Finland Bear trips for next year. We love doing these trips and seeing the amazing Bears. If you fancy joining us just head over to our expedition page for full details, our spring trips leaves on 2ndMay and our summer trip on 9thJuly.

Wild Arena are once again, delighted to be joining Manfrotto at ‘The Photography Show’ at the NEC this weekend. We will be there for the full 4 days with a desert macro set, providing visitors with a chance to come along and chat to us about Wild Arena, our work and the Manfrotto equipment we use. As an incentive to drop in we will also have 2 great promotions running!

Photo Competition

Over the course of the show we will be encouraging customers to take pictures of the set-up we have and then share them with us. At the end of the event we will then pick our favourite shot and the lucky winner can claim a free ‘Macro Master Class’ event with us AND an awesome pair of  Manfrotto LED Light Lumimuse 3 & 6 (combined value over £300!).

Wild Arena Membership Deals

As most of you know, Wild Arena offer an annual membership scheme that enables guests to claim some fabulous discounts on our events (for example usually 20% off workshops). The basic membership normally costs £19 per year but as a super special ‘photography show deal’ we are providing 10 customers per day with a FREE yearly Membership! This will be on a ‘first come first served’ basis so why not pop over to stand E43 early on and claim your membership ticket worth £19. Remember, this will then enable you to claim a raft of benefits including 20% off workshops!

The show is a great opportunity to see the latest products and trends in the photography world and the Manfrotto stand is packed with all their latest goodies too – so come and see us!

The Photography Show, 2018 will be running at the NEC, Birmingham from 17th – 20th March 2018.

Full details are at; www.photographyshow.com

After some extra time in the studio over the weekend, we have been working with some great new animals and set ups.
This means there’s no better time to take advantage of some great deals on our various macro sessions.

Last summer Gizmo the Little Owl joined our team at 8 weeks old and had his debut appearance in our studio this weekend. We hope this will be a first of many outings for this gorgeous little fellow, who enjoys nothing more than chasing mealworms around and will be available on our ‘one to one’ sessions.

Our Common Frog, Ted (pictured above) helped out with testing our new infinity pool and was even happy to splash about with some pond weed. This new feature will be available on our Macro Masterclass’s.

To carry on our native species theme one of our four Common Newts took to the macro studio and posed for his first pictures and even managed a few minutes before burying into the moss! Lastly our Tanzanian Mantis (one of five new Mantis in the team) helped with a low key image for a more ‘arty’ look in this set up.

Checkout the images below all taken this weekend and the awesome deals we have available.

Macro Photography Workshops
Come along on one of our super half-day introduction sessions and you can get 10% off
MACRO DEAL PRICE £80.10 (members £64.08)

Macro Photography Master class
If you want more time, more subjects and greater variety why not try a full day master class! Once again you can get a great 10% off
MACRO DEAL PRICE £179.10 (members £143.28)

Macro Photography One-to-One sessions
Our macro photography ‘one to one’ is the ultimate way to indulge your photography. Available for both full day and half-day durations we are offering a straight 10% discount on our regular prices
MACRO DEAL PRICE, Half Day £179.10 (members £143.28)

MACRO DEAL PRICE, Full Day £315.00 (members £252)

To take advantage of one of these great deals call us on 0151 528 6607 or email info@wildarena.com before 18th March 2018. Alternatively book online using code MW10 (MWM10 for members)

We currently have a few last minute deals on late space events, so why not grab a bargain while you can!

Big Cat Photography Workshop, Knowsley
Join us on 25.02.18 for a fabulous day with the Big Cats at Knowsley Safari Park.
Last minute discount price of £103.20 (members £82.56)

Moorland Mines Photography Masterclass
Come and spend a day underground in the mines of the Lake District creating captivating images of this unusual world. Our last minute date is available on 26.02.18
Last minute discount price of £103.20 (members £82.56)

Brown Bears Spring Awakening
April is a fantastic time to see the elusive wild Brown Bears in Finland, with the tantalising hope of snow still being on the ground, as these majestic animals wake up from there winter hibernation.
We have 1 place left on our April 2018 tour with a £50 discount for the first lucky person to register there interest
26th to 30th April 2018
Last minute discount price of £1740

To claim any of these deals simply go along to our website and select the correct date (for membership just use your members code at the checkout) or call us on 0151 528 6607 or email info@wildarena.com

Wild Arena are very pleased to be working with WEX photo video on some exciting new Macro workshops across their stores. Please follow this link to read all about these exciting new events and to secure your place.

If you are still looking for that perfect gift for Christmas, then its not too late to still order a gift voucher with a postal gift pack. You can order up until midday (12pm) on 20.12.17 and receive this in time for Christmas. Pop along to our shop and you can choose all sorts of different vouchers.

Welcome to our new website, we have been working hard over the last few months to bring you an updated and hopefully more user friendly website. This site is of course very new and as such probably has some mistake despite our best efforts. If you do have find any mistakes or errors please do let us know so that we can fix them. We will also happily reward you for your hard work in finding them with a £5 voucher.