Zoofari mobile zoo to visit Islington high street


UK’s largest mobile zoo is to pay Islington a visit this spring. Zoofari will bring the safari experience to the local residents from 11th to 12th of April as it sets up a place at the heart of N1 centre in Upper Street.

Children and families can come and meet some of our scaly and furry friends from 11am to 3 pm.  Animal handlers are going to be on-site to educate guests and also provide entertainment for them with actual animal interactions. Shoppers and visitors can spend time with the animals and have fun at the event for free.

Lynn Glover, centre manager of N1 Islington, said that they held the same events last year and they proved to be really popular with the shoppers.

During the events there are going to be 8-10 animals on show. Zoofari parades animals ranging from meerkats and wallabies to tarantulas and varieties of reptiles. Sarah Gilmore from Zoofari said: “We have various animals that we bring along to shows. The most popular are the meerkat and the skunk.”

Local mum Kerry Smith, 28, said: “It’s only up the road, so we’ll probably go to it.” She thinks her two toddlers would enjoy it especially her son. “He will definitely enjoy it. He’s crazy about animals!”

The Zoofari organization, with the tagline “Let the zoo come to you,” uses the animals as ambassadors of their species in the wild to raise awareness on ecological issues and raise funds for conservation projects at the same time.

London Unitarian congregation celebrates equal marriage

The congregation headed by an atheist minster and is also the oldest non-conformist church  in England celebrates the milestone for equal marriage in the UK as it gets passed in the British House of Commons.

The Unitarian congregation has been great promoter of equal marriage rights. Rev. Andrew Pakula who serves as the minister of both Newington Green Unitarian Church and New Unity Church in Islington’s Upper Street said: “This congregation pledged we wouldn’t do any straight marriages until we could do the equivalent for same-sex couples.” This refusal of the Church to do any legal weddings in 2008 was its way of making a stance and pointing out the discriminating aspects of the previous laws on marriages and civil partnership against gays and lesbians. Rev. Pakula added: “We only do the thing that we could do for both which is to do a blessing. A wedding blessing or partnership blessing – we do that.  But we don’t any of the legal stuff.”

But after 400 MPs favoured the legalisation of gay marriages with an overwhelming majority against the 175 who voted against it, this means that the suspension of any weddings within the Church can now be lifted. This is a great outcome of the campaign movement the Unitarian churches previously participated in.

For future campaigns, as a congregation that emphasise on open-mindedness and promotes equality, Rev. Pakula said that “We are actually looking at what we are going do next and I think we are most focus on the harm caused by income inequality.” He described it to be a huge and growing problem and believes that it should be tackled urgently.