As the year begins to draw to a close, it is time to take stock and firm up plans.
Despite nine weeks of continuous rain starting at the end of September making it the wettest autumn anyone can rem...[more]
A couple of bigger projects are underway at the Park, but delays in paperwork and the nine weeks of continuous rain we have had since September, mean these will be announced in the New Year.
From today our play-area is closed due to the wet weather. This is done every year, but this year is much earlier than usual, and due to the relentless rain. Apart from just five days, we have had ...[more]
Autumn is the season for many birds born in England to fly the country; and the many moves of animals to and from the Park need just a little bit of help from us! It is the busiest time of year, now ...[more]
The recent re-fit of our reptile area has allowed some new species to go on display. Williams Dwarf Gecko will be moved into their new vivariums at the weekend once they have settled down. Our...[more]
Our keepers have just managed to get pictures of our first Tasmanian Golden Possum joey. This new baby was conceived and born at Hamerton and it has been suggested that it is the first ever bo...[more]
Often we post news of exciting new arrivals at the Park, here on the web-site. Most of these are additions as our animal collection grows, and as they are carefully planned, very few species are move...[more]
After an absence of several decades a very special species has returned to Hamerton.
Many years before the Park opened to the public, a large private collection of animals was housed on what is now...[more]
Australia is well known for its amazing marsupials; but it also has a large number of native non-marsupial placental mammals. Most famous of course is the Dingo; but most of these modern mammals are ...[more]
We have been having a bit of a move around this week as work is completed to welcome the arrival of three more new species to Hamerton in the next couple of weeks. A brand new house and enclosure are...[more]
Our bird incubation and rearing unit doubles as winter quarters for our flock of Flamingos, but from spring to autumn a variety of young birds can be seen here. This year it is the temporary home to ...[more]
The Magpie Goose is a very unusual bird. It is effectively a living fossil and the sole survivor of an ancient family of primitive waterfowl, found now in northern Australia and parts of New G...[more]
The Grand-Noir-du-Berry is an endangered breed of large donkey found in the ancient Berry region of central France. It was bred for light draft work in the vineyards, for pulling barges on the...[more]
At Hamerton Zoo Park we have kept two species of African Vultures for many years. This group of birds is under considerable threat in the wild due to accidental poisoning in India and deliberate pers...[more]
Today, just in time for the Easter holidays, we have taken delivery of stocks of our new guide-book.
Although a number of new arrivals expected later this year have not been able to be included, we...[more]
Work is going well on the renovations to our entrance and coffee-shop. This will add a second pay window, which we hope will reduce the queues caused by the shift in payments from cash to cards. Car...[more]
A new crop of babies has started to appear at the Park. Two of these are quite special, and 'firsts' for us at Hamerton. Included in our collection are no less that five varieties (or 'taxa') of Phal...[more]
Most of our recent news items have covered new arrivals at the Park, but this time we have news of lots of departures too. All of the following are YOUNG ANIMALS BORN AT HAMERTON which are mov...[more]
Hamerton Zoo Park is proud to be probably the most environmentally responsible zoo in the World. We generate on site EVERY UNIT of electricity the Park uses, and the surplus is exported to the Nation...[more]
What a wonderful month! The weather this February has been exceptional. Not only has it allowed excellent progress on some ground-works which we did not expect to be able to start until later in the...[more]
Tamarins, and their relatives the Marmosets, are tiny monkeys from the rain-forests of the Amazon. Fourteen species have been kept at Hamerton since the collection was founded, with many young ones r...[more]
2018 really has been a fantastic year! A whole range of new animals have arrived at Hamerton Zoo Park, with so many unique to our Zoo. It is doubtful that any other Zoo has seen such a wide range of...[more]
A further series of new enclosures and improvements are planned at Hamerton Zoo Park for 2019 and the coming years, as part of our continuing development. These plans include enclosures which will be...[more]
Autumn is a very busy time at the Zoo, with many animal moves organised before the onset of winter and bad weather. Our Coatis have just moved on to another Zoo, and their enclosure will now b...[more]
Thanks to the 'Iceland Supermarket' chain, the media and public seem at last to be waking up to the devastation caused by this product. Over half of the production is used for production of so-called...[more]
As part of the expansion of the animal collection at the Park, four new species have recently arrived from zoos in the Czech Republic. The first of these has now been moved on show, and the others w...[more]
Everyone is familiar with Kangaroos and Wallabies, but a group of tiny relatives are less well known. Two kinds of these 'mini-kangaroos' are now here at Hamerton Zoo Park. The Long-nosed Potoroo...[more]
We are sorry that some of our visitors this week have had to experience a glimpse of the future. Our all-electric 'Tiger Express' road-train has been having battery problems, with a full charge which...[more]
Since importing our group of Black Pademelons, or Southern Swamp Wallabies from Texas, several years ago, a number of babies have been born at the Park. Some of these are still in our 'mob' an...[more]
A pair of Emperor Flat Rock Lizards have just arrived at Hamerton Zoo Park. This beautiful species, with a very cumbersome name, is native to Zimbabwe and neighbouring countries. They are sett...[more]
2018 has seen some of the biggest changes in the Park since we opened, with a large number of new arrivals. This is the visible face of many years of planning, which of course all goes on 'behind the...[more]
Six opportunities to win a family season ticket, each one currently worth almost £150, and giving unlimited visits during the 2019 season!
Our new leaflets are full of pictures of our animals, man...[more]
Now that the recent really warm weather is over, along with the traffic jams and visits to the sea-side - the summer school-holidays have just started and are set to be really nice zoo visiting weathe...[more]
Yesterday we were delighted to be able to host the annual IZES meeting for the second time. The Independent Zoo Enthusiasts Society is the leading zoo and conservation support group, and their...[more]
The prolonged recent dry weather has allowed us to make some head-way with the works delayed by the bad weather in March and April, and over the Easter holidays. We have a few more weeks work left on...[more]
Three young Greater Grison left Hamerton Zoo Park yesterday headed for two zoos in Germany. We have just had a message to tell us that they have arrived safely, and are completely unfazed by t...[more]
One of only two species of poisonous lizard, the Gila Monster (named after the Gila river, a tributary of the Colorado) is found in the deserts of the southern United States. It is slow moving and re...[more]
The Rusty-spotted Cat is the smallest cat in the World and is found in the tropical forests of Sri Lanka. It's wild status is unstudied and the species is very rare in Zoo collections. Keepers ...[more]
Historically, reptiles have never formed an important part of the animal collection at Hamerton. Apart from our Tortoises, they all arrived as unwanted pets or disposals from zoos. Over the next yea...[more]
A Happy Easter to all our friends, visitors and supporters - from everyone at the Park.
As it is not just about chocolate eggs this holiday - whatever your religion, lets all pray that eventually<...[more]
We are pleased to welcome back our friends Jason and the team from Koda Creative, for some more themed work at the Park. Please be advised that there might be a little disruption around the en...[more]
The weather in the UK has made the news over the last couple of weeks, but thankfully our area was saved the worst. A few very cold nights with temperatures down to -8 C were combined with a bitter wi...[more]
Our long-term plans for new facilities at the Park have been rejected by Huntingdonshire District Councils planning officer. This is because she is of the opinion that because our entrance and shops ...[more]
After the weather forecasters again failed to predict the intensity of last nights storms, we have had a few concerned calls this morning regarding this. There does appear to have been some structura...[more]
Our play area is closed from today for the winter, hopefully re-opening for the February half-term or Easter holidays.
Relatively mild, but wet, winters seem to be the 'norm' these days - due of co...[more]
Another festive season is upon us and all of the staff and volunteers at the park would like to extend the warmest of wishes to all our friends and supporters, for Christmas and the New Year. 2018 wil...[more]
Just arrived at Hamerton Zoo Park from a Zoo in France, are a trio of Brush-tailed Possums. These cat sized Australian marsupials are not often seen in this country, and as they are completely...[more]
Our two Vlaamse Reus giant Belgian rabbits are back home after their short vacation this summer! The pair were the only animals which had to be moved during the fire which destroyed our old st...[more]
Lar Gibbons are an endangered species of ape from the rain forests of South-east Asia, where they are under severe threat from habitat loss due to the destruction of forests. These primates do...[more]
We have made some changes to the list of events days scheduled for this summer, so they wont follow the exact calendar of events used last year. This year, our main event will be 'Cheetah Day' becaus...[more]
Our team of 5 are all safely back on terra-firma following their Sky-Dive yesterday at Sibson Airfield near Peterborough. This sponsored fund-rasing jump was organised by Rosa earlier in the year wit...[more]
Our popular annual Photography Competition starts this summer, running 1st July until 31st August 2017. All are free to enter. The six categories are -
'Animals in Action'
Rosa set up this fundraising appeal on Just-Giving to raise funds for the Cheetah Conservation Fund's work with Cheetahs in Namibia. Five members of Hamerton Zoo Park staff are making a sponsored Sky...[more]
We have been asked by several members of the public if they can contribute to a memorial for Rosa at the Zoo. This JustGiving page has been set up for just that. After much deliberation and discussi...[more]
The Binturong is a fascinating native of Sourt-East Asia. It is a relative of Civets and Genets, in the family 'Viverridae', These unusual animals have been kept at Hamerton for many years, an...[more]
As part of international conservation efforts to raise numbers of this critically endangered cat, we have been involved in the movement of no less than nine Cheetahs in less than one week!
Enough rock-work has now been started to the back of our new Meerkat enclosure to give our first 3-D impression of the finished project. The enclosure is a long, elongated L-shape in a figure-of-8, a...[more]
Our latest baby Zebra is now just over a week old, and is enjoying the spring sunshine out in the paddock with her mother and the other females in our herd.
This foal is a little female, and is a Gra...[more]
We are delighted to welcome back Jason and the guys from Koda Creative to start work on our new 'Meerkat Mountain' enclosure, which is planned to be open by the summer. Hundreds of baby Meerka...[more]
Following the arrival of our flock of Wild Australian Zebra Finches, last year; lots of babies have doubled its size. More birds have just arrived which will join the finches in a large walk-a-bout Au...[more]
We hope that the first half of 2017 will see a number of new and very special animal arrivals, expanding the Parks collection considerably. Huge amounts of planning, permits, quarantine, flights and ...[more]
Despite all the protracted preparations, Christmas is always over very quickly and normality soon returns. We are happy to take waste natural trees of any kind at any season, including Christmas Tree...[more]
A bumper year for the Park is ending with the recently reported sad news of a major decline in the wild population of one of our most important species; the Cheetah.
It appears from the most recent s...[more]
2016 has been the busiest since the Park opened. Visitor numbers have risen steadily, doubling over the past few years and 16% up this year, on last. Over 100,000 visitors now come to the Park each ...[more]
We are delighted to welcome back North Eastern Plant to the Park this week, albeit for jobs rather less glamorous than the new Tiger enclosure they helped us with last year and earlier this. W...[more]
This October half-term, join us for some creepy crawly fun!
Two mini-beasts workshops will be running each day in the Explorers Cabin - 12am and 3pm. This is a live animal encounter featuring some ...[more]
2016 has been the busiest year since the park opened, with several new enclosures completed and others due for completion over the coming winter. 2017 will see the arrival of some exciting new specie...[more]
Our first 'Donkey Day' was held yesterday - and proved very popular with our visitors, some coming from as far away as Norway to see the Park and our animals. Apart from the stud jacks all of the don...[more]
Our Malayan Tigers are being introduced to each other. This has been carefully planned now that both animals are completely settled into their new enclosure.
Putting potential partners together is ...[more]
The collection of animals at Hamerton is very varied and represents the fauna of several continents. We have always had a number of species from Australia such as the Wallabies, Kookaburra and Cassow...[more]
Visitor numbers at the Park have risen significantly during the past couple of years - by around 15% in 2015, and by over 20% so far in 2016. We continue to make considerable investments in new and r...[more]
Our annual photography competition is now running for 2016, and entries are starting to flood in. There is still plenty of time to enter as the closing date is not until 31st July. Full details can b...[more]
The first half of 2016 has seen a 20% rise in visitor numbers at the Park. We have made large investments in the past few years; extensions to our Play-Area; addition of a new bespoke Education Centr...[more]
We are running our Annual Photography Competition which starts on 1st June until 31st July. Anyone is free to enter. The six categories are - 'Animals in Action','Meerkats','Birds', 'Cute & Funny', 'U...[more]
Work is now progressing well on our major new enclosure for our pair of Malaysian Tigers, the only ones of their kind in the UK. Finishing touches are being done to the pool, waterfall and roc...[more]
Join us over the Easter Bank Holiday 25th - 28th March from 10am till 5.30pm.
All children will be able to join in our Easter quiz for free!
At the entrance, just ask for a a clue sheet - find th...[more]
The winter of 2015-16 has been very mild and quite wet at times. It is always a very busy time of year, with lots of site work going on. This year is no exception, as alongside our many other projec...[more]
The conservation work undertaken at the Park is currently wholly powered by our renewable energy installations, making us unique in the Zoo World, so far as we can tell. But as developments continue,...[more]
Seasons Greetings to everyone. A very busy Christmas holiday has degenerated into a wet and miserable start to the new year. Lets hope the rain gives us all a break very soon! - as we have many new ...[more]
Early December 2015 saw the third anniversary of the installation of our two Endurance Wind Turbines at Hamerton Zoo Park, and the hitting (and passing!) of a notable target. In these three years our...[more]
2015 has been the busiest year since the Park opened; and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our visitors and friends for your continued support. We hope that 2016 proves even better...[more]
Work is now well underway on the enclosure for our recently arrived pair of Malaysian Tigers. Their outdoor landscaped paddock will cover 3000 square meters, and include a pool and rock-face with wat...[more]
Please note that as from Sunday 25th October the Park closes at 4pm, for the winter season. Third-party web-sites, including Google may have the wrong data - but we have no way of influencing this mi...[more]
Two years of planning with the help of colleagues in Germany, the Czech Republic and Malaysia has culminated today in the arrival of a pair of Malaysian Tigers at Hamerton Zoo Park. 'Cicip' the male ...[more]
Despite very mixed weather and lots of rain during the second half of August (and yet another totally wet bank-holiday Monday!), the month proved by far the busiest August since the Park opened in 199...[more]
Anglian Water are installing a main sewer for Hamerton village, bringing it 5 miles across country from Alconbury/Upton to serve just a few private houses, at a cost of £1,500,000 of public money.
Hamerton Zoo Park has always been a No-Smoking site. For the safety and comfort of our visitors and our animals smoking has never been allowed on the Parks grounds. This condition of entry pre-dates t...[more]
Today for the first time in many years we had to eject visitors for bad behaviour. Two youths and two girls had been reported tormenting animals, climbing fences and generally upsetting other visitor...[more]
Endangered Species Week is being celebrated from 24th to 30th August.
Events will include face-painting, raffles, children's quizzes, and daily keeper-talks. Details will be posted at the Park en...[more]
A visitor has today asked that we confirm exactly what a modern Zoo is, here on the web-site.
At Hamerton we present a wide variety of fantastic animals. They can be found on our 'Gallery' page, whe...[more]
Please be careful!
Today our shop staff and volunteers had to endure a torrent of aggressive verbal abuse because they would not allow free entry to a man who demanded to be admitted free of char...[more]
Tuesday 4th August is 'International Owl Awareness Day'. Information boards will be up on site, and there will be the chance to meet Twizzle our tame White-faced Scops Owl at our keeper-talks at 2pm....[more]
Global Tiger Day was celebrated on 29th July, for the third year at Hamerton Zoo Park - despite ITV telling everyone on their morning programme that London Zoo was the only zoo celebrating it! - and a...[more]
Wednesday the 29th July is Global Tiger Day!!!
Join us and help to raise funds for 21st Century Tiger, who help to protect our wild tiger populations.
There will be a cake stall, keeper talks, a raf...[more]
The Park is a haven for not only the fantastic exotic animals to be found here, but for native wildlife too. The open rolling farmland in which the Park is situated, is given over to large open agric...[more]
We are looking for individuals with outgoing personalities, who can engage with our visitors throughout the busy summer months,give talks to groups of visitors at the animal enclosures,answer question...[more]
Happy National Zoo Lovers Day everyone!
Join us today and leave your comments on our Zoo Love post-it note board situated in the tiger tunnel. Make sure you leave your name on the comments as we will...[more]
Join us for our popular Easter Scavenger Hunt running from Friday 3rd April to Monday 6th April. Prizes are drawn each day, and include chocolate eggs, family passes and cuddly toys. All children rece...[more]
IMPORTANT NOTICE Due to popular demand new opening times are being introduced from Good Friday, 3rd April 2015. The Park will now open at 10am and close at 5.30pm, with last entries at 5pm. Please ...[more]
February half-term has been very busy, with daily visitor numbers higher than we would normally have during the summer holidays. Spring sunshine and drying winds, means that the wet winter is just a ...[more]
Stuck for something to do over the half term? why not have a day out at our Zoo. From our Tortoises to Tigers we have something here for everyone! and why not take advantage of the 10% off voucher (in...[more]
BT have checked and renewed part of our incoming phone lines, which has led to a big improvement in our broadband speed, but the telephone line is still rather hit-and-miss. At the moment e-mail is t...[more]
The Zoo will be closed Christmas Day and Boxing day this year, and we are open our normal winter times 10.30am - 4.00pm (last entry at 3.00pm), on all the other days over the Christmas period. We wou...[more]
Our Cheetah Contact Sessions have sold out due to high demand!
We currently have a waiting list for 2015 which is already looking very full. We still have availability for the 'Meet the Tigers' conta...[more]
Come and join us tomorrow for International Vulture Awareness Day. We have lots going on at the park including face painting, activity sheets, and Zoo Keeper talks throughout the day. Come and help us...[more]
We have had a baby boom here at the park! In the last month we have had Lemur twin babies, Serval cubs, Goeldi baby monkey, Raccoons, Meerkats and last but not at all least our first ever Zebra foal b...[more]
'Cambridgeshire Highways' are surfacing dressing some of the roads near to the Park. We had no warning of this happening so could not comment in any way. So far the works have not caused any delays ...[more]
Join us 18th - 24th August for Primate Week!! There will be keeper talks, at 1pm - 1.45pm each day. A raffle with a top prize of a Lemur Contact, enrichment displays, scavenger hunt and face painting ...[more]
A massive THANK YOU to everybody who came to our Tiger day! It was a brilliant day and we have raised £665 so far for 21st Century Tiger!
The raffle is on going until Sunday 17th August, so if yo...[more]
Also new for summer 2014 is our 'Land-of-the-Tiger - Express Railroad' a children's train which will run from the donkey stables down to the new tiger enclosures. The train is the first Bella-Tori tr...[more]
In the last 12 months we have seen the new extension to the Park, the upgrading of our play areas, the addition of hundreds of meters of new tarmac paths and road-ways, new classroom (the 'Explorer's ...[more]
The first phase of our new extension opened at the start of July. 'World-of-the-Tiger' sees our brand new tiger house open providing indoor viewing for the new pair of White Tigers 'Mohan' and 'Shiva...[more]
We hope you were one of our lucky visitors who saw Sir David Attenborough filming with our cheetah 'Ares' yesterday. He was filming a documentary which will be shown on Sky Eden or Watch in spring 201...[more]
To celebrate our new arrival of a Miniature Mediterranean Donkey foal, we are holding a competition to meet one of our lovely donkeys. You will win a free day pass to our Zoo, and some time behind the...[more]
Every day from Friday 18th April until Monday 21st April we will have a FREE Easter Scavenger hunt. Lots of prizes to be won including Chocolate Eggs and Family Passes. Come and join us for a fun fami...[more]
What a beautiful start to the day! I'm pleased to say Mohan and Shiva are back out in their paddock this morning, and the Stroll a Safari is open again! The feed machines won't be available though unt...[more]
There will be some disruption through the car park and at the tiger tunnel/stroll a safari for the next 3 days. Large lorries and machinery will be around to tarmac our new paths from the donkey stabl...[more]
Good weather over the last couple of weeks has allowed us to get the play-area opened earlier than we expected. Instead of Easter as we hoped, it is now open again in time for the Easter holidays. N...[more]
Would you like to meet our new white tigers, Mohan & Shiva, feed them a piece of meat, and chat to our Zoo Keeper? well you and a guest could win this amazing prize just by simply entering our competi...[more]
Just a reminder that you can download a voucher for Mums and Grandmothers for this Mothering Sunday, entitling them to get in for £6.50 (£3 off the usual price). Just go on our Twitter or Facebook s...[more]
We have a new offer for Mothers and Grandmothers on Mothers Day 30th March 2014. If you go on our Facebook (www.facebook.com/hamertonzoopark) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/hamertonzoo) you will be able ...[more]
It has been a very wet couple of months meaning unfortunately the Play Area is still closed. This is to our advantage so we can update it and extend it. We will do this by putting down a new Safety S...[more]
January is now officially the wettest in recorded memory in England. Our part of Cambridgeshire has not been as badly hit as many, but the rain has been relentless. We are lucky that most of the Par...[more]
Part of the new development includes a new education unit and new animal kitchens. Christine Bristow will be taking over as new our education officer and will liaise with schools and other groups, an...[more]
Due to the very wet weather and development our Play Area is closed temporarily for the next few weeks until Easter 2014. Additional play equipment is being installed along with new safety surfacing.[more]
Winter 2013 to 14 has been, and continues to be very busy, despite the wet weather. A major new extension to the Park will open for the main 2014 season, with important new animals and other attracti...[more]
The weather in England has been very much the main news in the last day or two. It is fortunate that our part of the country seems to be spared the worst excesses of the weather, and many times when ...[more]
The new Endurance Wind Turbines have been installed now for almost a year. Despite an abnormally calm season, they are performing very well and have generated enough power for almost 100 average hous...[more]
Celebrated on 29th July each year, 'Global Tiger Day' aims to raise awareness of the plight of the Tiger and the need for its conservation. Hamerton Zoo Park is taking part in the campaign for the fi...[more]
Hallmark Green Power have completed the installation of our 2 new Endurance Wind Turbines during the week of 19th to 23rd November. A little disruption inevitably with road works due to cable laying ...[more]
Female Cheetah 'Talli' herself born at Hamerton Zoo Park, has a litter of six cubs. A short piece of video taken from her keepers mobile phone can be seen on 'Facebook' and is posted on 'YouTube'. T...[more]
Following the successful installation of our two Gaia Wind turbines early in 2011, these machines produced 65,000 kwa of electricity during their first year - considerably more than expected. They ge...[more]
Our Poitou and American Mammoth jennies, along with two new foals born earlier in 2012, have been moved to grass fields we rent in Hamerton village, just half a mile south of the Park. This rotation ...[more]
The cold wet spring of 2012 has held up a lot of building work at the Park, but we are progressing now. A break in the weather has allowed the 2 acre Zebra paddock to be finished along with alteratio...[more]
A new development is underway for small carnivores, to include Oncilla and Rusty-spotted Cats, and a pair of Tayra. This was due to open during 2012, but work has been delayed due to the birth of a b...[more]
Work has almost completed on the doubling of the stable block by the overflow car-parks, plus extra fencing to house our new herd of Zebras. The paddock will form part of a new extension which runs u...[more]
Part of the re-vamp of our web-site last year allowed the on-going formation of a database with the intention of sending out regular new-letters by e-mail providing up-to-date information about develo...[more]
Now we are into the New Year and the really cold temperatures of Christmas time have abated and it is now wet and mild. 14 degrees centigrade must be something of a record for January! Work is now u...[more]
Wishing all our supporters and friends a Happy New Year for 2011. Lots of developments are planned along with a few changes to the web-site. A new promotional offer of 10% OFF your entry tickets is ...[more]
Winter is here, and there is lots of news about snow and frost; most seems to be 'spun' to make the stories more dramatic. Luckily this part of Cambridgeshire is pretty well placed and seems to avoid...[more]
Autumn is the time of year when young birds hatched during the summer move to new areas. Residents often disperse gradually, and migratory species perform spectacular migrations sometimes in huge flo...[more]
We are delighted that our young male Poitou Donkey, 'Vagabond d'Hamerton' is soon to head to France to join the consevation programme for this endangered animal. The French breed association, la SABA...[more]
We have just received news that our recent planning application to erect a pair of wind-turbines has been approved by Huntingdonshire District Council. These will be installed in the field to the nor...[more]
Our Poitou Donkey project got of to a shaky start a few years ago, but a major milestone has just been reached with the import of a stallion (or 'Etalon' in French) from a leading breeder in France. ...[more]