Category: animals

My Visit to Golders Hill Park Zoo

I have visited this tranquil park many times as it’s near to where I live and is home to the free zoo. It houses a growing collection of rare and exotic birds and mammals including laughing kookaburras, ring-tailed lemurs, ring tailed coatis, wallabies, a stumpery and butterfly house.

Golders Hill Park Zoo plays an important role in the interpretation and education of the habitats and wildlife of Hampstead Heath, London, UK. It’s one of only two free zoos in the London area and registered with The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)

The Greater Rhea Bird

The Greater Rhea is my favourite in the park, housed in the Deer enclosure next to the kids playground and is a fascination to watch

Native to the UK this is the largest bird on the American Continent. The Greater Rhea belongs to a group of flightless birds known as Ratites.

The park is very popular in the summer months and as you can see below has some cute and interesting animals, birds and wildlife.

Golders Green Hill Park has a range rare and exotic birds, including wild birds

The park introduced a stumpery a few years ago to encourage hedgehogs and the likes to flourish. Many wild squirrels seek home in the park and can be seen running around climbing the trees, particularly in the stumpery. Ducks and Geese live in and around the duck pond banks and breed in the summer and it’s a pleasure to see it full of baby ducks and baby geese,

Golders Hill Park opened to the public in 1898 and is an historically important part of Hampstead Heath in the city of London. The landscaped grounds contain beautiful plant displays including a peaceful Mediterranean water garden. It hosts a popular café and a bandstand situated on the green and a host of music played in the summer months.

You can support the park by adopting an animal here at Golders Hill Park Zoo by getting in touch. Volunteering roles and opportunities are also available.

My visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster UK

Today I paid a visit with my family to The Yorkshire Wildlife Park located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. This zoo opened in April 2009 and has been flourishing with animals since.

The zoo has a diverse habitats of grasslands, woodland and wetlands carefully adapted to home many species of animals.

I was surprised just how many animals the park had. Nearly 400 animals and 70 different species it’s much bigger than expected. They range from lions, tigers, bears, zebra, giraffe mongoose, meercat, sulcata tortoise, black rhino, ostrich, painted dog, lemurs, baboons, capybara, coat, monkeys, six banded armadillo, giant anteater, giant otter, polar bear, camels, wallabies, bugs and many more.

The wildlife park is home to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation (YWP). Established in 2013 the YWP aims to make the world a better place for wild animals by promoting the conservation of endangered animals.

I understand that further development and expansion of the zoo is planned in the coming years.

There are several cafe selling food and drinks including the Masai Coffee House, Safari Cafe, Tsavo Bakehouse, Monkey Playhouse and Leopard Kiosk. There’s play areas for the children across the zoo and a shop located at the entrance/exit selling all the zoo and animal memorabilia.

It was a fun trip and thoroughly recommend a visit to the park, it’s well worth it.