Published 23 July 2019

Today, The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Wild Place Project to open the new Bear Wood exhibit with their children Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn.

The Earl of Wessex is Patron of Bristol Zoological Society - a conservation and education charity, which runs and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex

Wild Place was opened by Bristol Zoo Gardens with an emphasis on protecting threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the globe.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex

Together they work to create a sustainable future for wildlife and people through conservation and education.

Their Royal Highnesses fed some giraffes and also planted a tree to commemorate the visit.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex
The Earl and Countess of Wessex

At Camp Baboon, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise and Viscount Severn, scattered feed for Wild Place’s Geladas, Hobbit, Hercules, Harshit, Hector, Kito and Kidame.

These monkeys can be easily recognised by the cape of long hair over the shoulders of males and the bright red skin on the chest of both sexes.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise and Viscount Severn visited the UK's largest brown bear exhibit, also home to wolves, lynx and wolverine.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex

Visitors will be transported back to 8,000 BC and will see the bears as they would have lived 10,000 years ago in and around Bristol.

Find out more about The Earl and Countess of Wessex's work.