Our Conservation, Research & Environmental Work
Learn more about the work we do here at Hobbledown to protect animals & the environment - visit our 'Research and Conservation' section.
With “Family Animal Contact Experiences to Forging Active Conservation Education” (FACE to FACE) as a driving force to our messaging, we seek to connect our guests to our animals to help inspire stewardship and care for the natural world and all of its resources.
From Meerkats to Camels, Hobbledown is home to a wide collection of farm and zoo animals, all housed in spacious enclosures with plenty of room to roam and play.
Don’t miss our wonderful walkthroughs, where you can get up close to Lorikeets, Lemurs, Giant Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and Goats!
Or try one of our Experience Days - whether it's Feeding the Meerkats, Handling Birds of Prey, or the Full Zookeeper Experience, we have plenty of ways to give your animal-loving Hobbling a very special day.
Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning 'little armored one' and refers to the bony plates that cover the back, head, legs, and tail of most of these fascinating looking creatures.
The Ring-Tailed Lemur is an endangered primate native only to Madagascar. They can live for up to 15 years in the wild!
The Rainbow Lorikeet really does have the most amazing ‘rainbow’ coat. Its plumage has emerald green, royal blue, mustard yellow, warm orange and poppy red feathers.
These two-humped camels can grow up to 12ft! It's a myth that they store water in their humps - they actually store fat.
Birds of Prey
Hobbledown's Raptor Centre is home to many Birds of Prey including Eagles, Hawks, Owls and Falcons. Flying demonstrations, handling sessions and experience days are available throughout the year.
The Meerkat is a small mongoose found in southern Africa. They are known as the Hobbledown guards because of the way they always stand to attention!
These springy animals all the way from Tasmania click and chatter to communicate. Get up close and personal in their wonderful walkthrough.
Black-tailed prairie dog
The 'dog' part of the prairie dog's name comes from its incredible bark. They live in complex burrow systems, which is why they're always busy digging.
Asian Short-clawed Otter
With cat-like whiskers, webbed feet and smooth bodies, these otters love to swim and hunt for crabs.
African Pygmy Goat
Bearded goat with excellent climbing skills. Check out their wonderful walkthrough if you want to see them up close!
With strong hind legs, the Mara are members of the rodent family and can move extremely fast.
These funny-looking creatures come from the high altitudes of the South American Andes, and often spit up and chew their food over and over again!
Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrot
This green-feathered parrot has a bright yellow patch on its neck, and is endangered in the wild.
Giant Flemish Rabbit
These cottontail rabbits are gentle giants; they can grow up to 1.3 metres long!
These giant rodents are fantastic swimmers, extremely social, and very chilled-out! They are close relatives to the (much smaller) guinea pig.
The females are called 'peahens', while the males are the 'peacocks' - and they're the ones with the glorious fan of fancy feathers.
Woolly-haired sheep that loves to lazily graze.
Though they're very fond of rolling in wet mud to cool off, pigs are actually very clean animals!
Nilgai are the largest Asian antelope, and they can run up to 29mph. Their name literally translates to 'blue cow'.
Native to south-east China and Taiwan, muntjac deer were introduced to parks in the UK in the early 20th century.
As a species of bird, it may surprise you to learn that Rheas cannot fly. Instead, they run about all helter-skelter, as they cannot move in a straight line!