Hamerton Zoo Park – Review

Hamerton Zoo Park is just on the outskirts of Peterborough and less than 25 minutes from my front door. It is well signposted from the A1(Sawtry Junction) or A14(B660Junction) and if you follow the white and brown signs you can’t miss it. I have been visiting Hamerton for over 10 years and since introduced my own children to the zoo. What I think sets this place from many other zoo’s is the dedication and hard work they do for conservation. The Park’s main mission is;

“to provide a sanctuary for rare and unusual animals, where people can gain an insight into the conservation of the World’s resources”

Hamerton Zoo

There are around 100 different species of animals within the 20 acre zoo park and I can confidently say you won’t have seen all of them before. A few of the animals are rare and endangered and on the brink of extinction. Hamerton Zoo is open every day except Christmas and boxing days and tickets can be brought at the gate or in advance online. Tickets are £13.99 for adults and £8.99 for 3-12 year olds. One thing I do love so much about Hamerton is the constant updating and improvements being made. So you can see where your admission price goes.  Every year there is a new exhibit and something new to look at. This year we noticed that a new Meerkat enclosure was being built as well as a few “Coming Soon” signs dotted around the zoo.

Our day

We were invited to spend the day at Hamerton in return for an honest review. I think I am pretty biased though as I will be honest I LOVE this place. I have so much love for a zoo with large enclosures and staff who you can see love the animals dearly. We visited last summer you can read that here.

When we walked into the zoo the first animals we saw were the Ring Tailed Lemurs. Arthur had been so excited to see them! The Ring Tailed Lemurs are one of a few animals that he really loves and Hamerton houses 2 sets of them. As well as 2 other species of Lemur.

One thing you will notice as you walk around is the space that the animals have to roam around. When you walk in the park one of the big things you see are Wallabies roaming in the gated field ahead of you. One thing Hamerton Zoo does try to make clear is that the animals are not shut in or out. They have the freedom to be either inside or outside if they choose. They are not performers and not seasonal either so all the animals live at Hamerton Zoo all year round! There is a possibility that you may not see some of the animals as they are choosing to hide away, So you may need multiple visits to see them all.

Up until our visit we had never seen the Giant Anteater Hula. She is quite a lazy mammal and because of that she would always be asleep in the corner of her inside enclosure. We were really lucky that during our visit she was out and roaming.

Hamerton Zoo Park

Gibbons

The Gibbon enclosure was by far our favourite during this visit. Not only were they really active but this particular Gibbon seemed to take a shining to us. Hamerton has 2 Gibbon enclosures 1 houses a sandy coloured one and a black one whereas the other one houses 3 sandy coloured gibbons.

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This dude here ^^ Kept coming up to the window putting his hand (paw? I think its hand) on the window and then running off again. The boys loved it! We later learnt he is 50 years old!

Tigers and Big Cats

I think it is safe to say Hamerton Zoo is most known for it’s work on Big Cat Conservation. It is home to a beautiful Malaysian Tiger and 2 white Bengal Tigers aswell as Cheetah’s too. One of the major refurbishments has been to the Tiger enclosure. When we visited last year in my post I wrote how it wasn’t all completely open but we were still able to see them in part of the new enclosure. Well it is open and it is a lovely experience. 

Hamerton is home to 2 white Bengal Tigers. There is a great history behind them and why they are incredibly rare! All white Tigers in the world are decedents from one called “Mohan” who was captured and kept in a Palace in India. It wasn’t until Mohan was paired with his daughter did they have more white cubs. The white of the Bengal tiger is just a colour mutation. It wasn’t until 1960 that a female White Bengal Tiger was brought to the USA and presented as a gift to President Eisenhower. Eventually the female White Bengal Tiger “Mohini” was paired with a male Bengal carrying the “white” gene in a national zoo. All white Bengal Tigers in the West are direct descendants from this pair. I found the story so interesting and it was fabulous to see one up close.

Stroll a Safari

Next to the Tigers is a Stroll A Safari, which is home to Pygmy goats, Alpacas, Camels, Chickens and sheep. Within the enclosure are 2 feeding stations which need a 20p coin to operate. The animals within the stroll a safari can be fed. The Pygmy Goats are given free roam out of their enclosures too which is lovely as you can really close to them. Oliver loved feeding them!

There is handwashing facilities out of the exit of Stroll a Safari but there are animals and you can get easily distracted. I would take some hand gel just to give them a once over until you get to proper soap and hot water.

Some of the other animals

Train

There is an Express Railroad Train which runs every weekend and everyday throughout the school holidays. You can catch it from the Donkey Enclosure (at the bottom of the play are, you can not miss it) and it runs to the tiger enclosure and back. It is £2 per person and I will be honest I found it a little overpriced for the length of time you are on there. It doesn’t cover the entire park but with the music playing and the animals to see I can imagine it is fun.

Picnic/Café

There are plenty of picnic benches dotted around the park with the majority of them undercover by the entrance. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink too. The Café does sell hot food although do not have high expectations. It is basically microwaved food but it is convenient and not all that expensive either. We were given a voucher for refreshments and we all managed to get a bite to eat and drink with a little left of £25 (2 adults and 3 children).

It may not look appealing, but it was hot, cooked and tasted great! What more do you want? I did take a photo of the price list, but bare in mind the prices may have changed if you plan to visit. These were correct as of 15th July

Sorry about the angle, I can’t seem to change it.

 

Play Area

I am pretty cautious not to get other children into the pictures so there isn’t that many. I did try to take as many as I could to give you a clear indication on what is on offer!

Gift Shop

The Gift Shop sells a range of merchandise, cuddly teddies, toys, Stationery and more.Prices do vary but there is something to suit all budgets. Be aware there is a wall of cuddly teddies and if your children are anything like mine they become instantly attracted! The shop sells a wide selection of different animal toys even the animals that are not living in the zoo. You do not have to go into the gift shop if you wanted to miss it out but it is worth a look.

My Top Tips

  • If you are planning on a trip then visit their website to print a 10% off voucher.
  • If you choose to buy a guide then you will also have a map (I can recommend buying one!) It will help you navigate the park easily. It isn’t a big park and there are plenty of benches dotted around too.
  • Keep hold of your receipt and keep all your picnic in the car. You can then leave and come back as many times as you wish.
  • Some of the park is under a covered walkway so if it is looking a little gloomy and there is a chance of rain I would see the animals that are more out in the open first. Then you are able to walk around the ones undercover whilst it is raining.
  • Hamerton has a lovely enclosed play area. You have to walk through the outdoor picnic area to access it and it does get busy too.
  • Although there is hand-washing facilities near the Stroll a Safari I would take some anti bacterial hand gel. Especially if you have children who like to put their hands in their mouths. As you leave the Stroll a Safari there are more animals to see, so it may take you a little while to get to the facilities.
 

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64 Comments

  1. July 21, 2017 / 8:20 am

    Great review! We love this place too and this post has me all excited for our next visit!

    • July 22, 2017 / 12:22 pm

      yay! We love visiting and I am pretty sure this will not be our last visit this summer!

  2. Tasha
    July 21, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    Would love to see the white tigers and my daughter would be so excited to see the monkeys

    • July 22, 2017 / 12:24 pm

      The White Bengal Tigers are something special. They are so rare too. Be prepared to sit and watch the monkeys for awhile. My boys found them so intriguing and of course very funny! They love swinging around and what seems like play fighting with each other. Good Luck and Thank you for entering 🙂

  3. Gareth Torrance
    July 21, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    I am sure I went to Hamerton as a kid… Would love to take my little princess there!

    • July 22, 2017 / 12:20 pm

      It such a gem of a place and I am sure your little one would love it! Good Luck and Thank you entering 🙂

  4. Leila Benhamida
    July 21, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    Will to see the meerkats. Will be a wonderful day out.

    • July 22, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      Meerkats are wonderful animals! My favourite! Hamerton are building a fab new enclosure for the Meerkats too! Good Luck and Thank you for entering 🙂

  5. Rebecca Nisbet
    July 21, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    i love giraffes!

    • July 22, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Hamerton Zoo doesn’t keep Giraffes, which is a shame really because they are Arthur’s ultimate favourite animal! They do have Tigers, Zebras, Meerkats, Lemurs and another favourite of ours Gibbons! Thank you for entering and Good Luck 🙂

  6. Jo Bryan
    July 22, 2017 / 2:19 am

    Damara Zebras are there I saw them on the website, would love to show Ollie and Emily this lovely zoo.

    • July 22, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      The Damara Zebras were welcome surprise when I first saw them last year! I am sure Ollie and Emily would love a visit! Good Luck and thank you for entering!

  7. claire blakeley
    July 22, 2017 / 8:46 am

    I would love to see the meerkats <3

    • July 22, 2017 / 12:11 pm

      The Meerkats are my favourite animals! They do not disappoint 🙂 Good luck and thank you for entering!

  8. Maggie
    July 22, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Wold love to see the giant ant eater as I don’t think we have seen one before, May ask if it can come to stay with us for a couple of days as we have lots of ant hills in our garden.

    • July 22, 2017 / 12:10 pm

      haha Hula would most likely love to come and visit your house. I don’t think the zookeepers would be too happy though! 🙂 Good luck and thank you for entering x

  9. Suzanne Jackson
    July 22, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    Love the zebras

  10. Emma Nixon
    July 22, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    Love watching the gibbons. Great zoo, local to me

    • July 22, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      We did too! We were so surprised to learn that one of them is 50 years old! Good luck! and Thank you for entering 🙂

    • July 22, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      We did too! We were so surprised to learn that one of them is 50 years old! Good luck! and Thank you for entering 🙂

  11. Jodie A Green
    July 23, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    Has to be the white Bengals, such stunning animals. so beautiful

    • July 23, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      They really are! The Tiger Enclosure is really big too! So you should be able to get a great view! Good Luck and Thank You for entering 🙂

  12. Yazz Newman
    July 23, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Great post, my son loves the tigers at hamerton!

    • July 23, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      Thank you! We love the Tigers too! your son has great taste in animals! Good Luck and Thank you for entering 🙂

  13. July 23, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    The monkeys- we all love them, they are so entertaining!

    • July 26, 2017 / 9:04 am

      You can spend hours sitting and watching! Good Luck and Thank you for entering 🙂

  14. Liam Bishop
    July 26, 2017 / 10:26 am

    White Tigers! I have seen some in American before, they are amazing aren’t they.

  15. olivia kirby
    July 31, 2017 / 11:42 am

    I always like watching the monkeys!

  16. zara roberts
    August 5, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    Has to be the white tiger, I love tiger’s so much, I recently had large tattoo of tigers face on my thigh. Would love to win xx

  17. MARK HOPKINS
    August 6, 2017 / 12:58 am

    The White Tigers.

  18. claire woods
    August 6, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    The Gibbons would be our must see.

  19. Emma Ferguson
    August 7, 2017 / 6:08 am

    The Meerkats which are very adorable 😉

  20. hazel haskayne
    August 7, 2017 / 8:18 am

    The white tiger. beautiful.

  21. Kim Neville
    August 8, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    My son is obsessed with Meerkats so would definately be first place to go

  22. Melanie stanbridge
    August 9, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    The Tigers but also feed the animals in the pet corner.

  23. Sadiyya Maryam
    August 9, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    Thanks so much for such a comprehensive and clear review. My daughter would love to see the white tiger first I am sure!

  24. Katie
    August 9, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    I would love to see the monkeys

  25. Rich Tyler
    August 10, 2017 / 2:19 am

    I’d love to see the monkeys!!

  26. Kirsty Hosty
    August 10, 2017 / 9:25 am

    We would love to go heard so many wonderful things about and now seeing your blog wants me to go even more

  27. Stewart Biddle
    August 10, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    Monkeys!!!! Love monkeys

  28. Stuart Wheatley
    August 11, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    I’d love to take my little girl to see the monkey’s

  29. Vera Bahounkova
    August 12, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    We would love to see the meerkats

  30. nicky pearce
    August 12, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    the zebras

  31. Pauline Dring
    August 12, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    Giant Anteater

  32. Laura Pritchard
    August 12, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    The Pygmy goats – my daughter is obsessed with goats!

  33. Sarah prescott
    August 12, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Love the meercats

  34. Nancy Bradford
    August 12, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    My daughter says the owls because she loves owls but I would quite like to see the camel x

  35. Simone Griffin
    August 12, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    I’d love to see the tigers x

  36. lynn neal
    August 12, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    We would love to see the monkeys!

  37. Melanie Burton
    August 13, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    We have never been to Hamerton Zoo! Would love to see the Lemurs!

  38. carol boffey
    August 13, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    id love to see the meerkats

  39. Spencer Wright
    August 13, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Tigers, cheetahs, corsac foxes…we’d love to see them all!

  40. donna l jones
    August 13, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    The Damara Zebras

  41. Adrian Bold
    August 13, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    I love giraffes, so they would be the main animals I’d love to see.

  42. Jean Vaughan
    August 14, 2017 / 5:13 am

    I’d really love to see the giant ant eater, I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen one before, my granddaughters would spend ages watching any monkey or ape laughing at their antics and the grandson says tigers – so pretty much all of them really!

  43. Tracy Gladman
    August 14, 2017 / 9:49 am

    I love monkeys so these would be my favourite.

  44. Jacqueline Roberts
    August 14, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Have to be the Raccoons

  45. Jennifer Baker
    August 14, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    White Tiger.. love them so much! Beautiful x

  46. Petra Hora
    August 14, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    My sons love monkey.

  47. Lauren Stebbings
    August 14, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    I’d like to see the anteaters. Never seen one in real life 🙂

  48. Laura Blackburn
    August 14, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    Great comp!!

  49. Kate Davies
    August 14, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    I’d love to see the white tigers.

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