Showing kids how to care for their environment as well as getting them interested in animals seem to go hand in hand with the use of an EV. Or so believes the Knowsley Safari.

This UK zoological attractions has added an electric Nissan LEAF to its fleet which is being used by the zoo’s Learning and Discovery Team as they deliver a conservation and sustainability message to schools across the North West.

The Knowsley Safari said its team of two full-time educators clock up around 10,000 miles a year working predominantly with primary school kids and often transport a variety of snakes, spiders and assorted creepy-crawlies.

Sponsored by local dealer Nissan Liverpool in Sefton Street and wearing Knowsley Safari’s livery, Nissan said the vehicle is charged using electricity from the attraction’s own solar panels and is therefore entirely free to run.

As a zero emissions vehicle, Nissan added the Leaf is also making a sizeable contribution to the park’s environmental and sustainability goals. The park already harnesses rain-water and operates a zero-to-landfill policy.

“In many ways the LEAF is the perfect car for us. It’s fantastic,” said Richard Smith, Head of Visitor Services at Knowsley Safari. “Because we’ve been able to couple our charger to our solar panels there are effectively no running costs and that’s a real advantage. But we also operate in accordance with a strict sustainability plan and in that regard the Leaf is a winner too. It fits very neatly with the overall message the Learning and Discovery Team are delivering at schools across the region.”