Orphaned Meerkats

We were very sad to lose our female Meerkat three weeks ago giving birth to two babies. However the youngsters have been hand reared by staff since birth and are doing really well and becoming quite a handful now. Initially … Continue reading

Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth

The Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)  Podargus  means ‘gouty’ is derived from the Greek word podagra meaning gout. This refers to the small, presumably weak feet of the frogmouth. Some say they walk ‘like a gouty old man’. The species name strigoides is from the Latin strix meaning owl, and oides meaning … Continue reading

Raccoons

Raccoon

Scientific name: Procyon lotor: The raccoon is the largest of the procyonid family, having a body length of 40 to 70 cm (16 to 28 in) and a body weight of 3.5 to 9 kg (8 to 20 lb). Its grayish coat mostly consists of dense underfur which insulates … Continue reading

Laughing Kookaburra

Scientific name: Dacelo novaeguineae Height: 450mm Geographical distribution: Native to eastern Australia, but also been introduced to parts of New Zealand, Tasmania and Western Australia Habitat: Occupies woodland territories (including forests) Diet: Common prey include mice and similar-sized small mammals, large insects,lizards, small birds and nestlings, and most famously, snakes. Small prey are preferred, but … Continue reading

Alpacas

The Alpaca is a domesticated member of the camelid family—the others being llamas, guanacos, vicunas and of course the camel. Alpacas are native to South America—from the high altitudes of the Andes of Chile, Peru and Bolivia—where they have been … Continue reading

Meet the Meerkats

Meerkats

The meerkat or Scientific name suricate (Suricata suricatta) is a small carnivoran belonging to the mongoose family (Herpestidae). It is the only member of the genus Suricata. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a … Continue reading

Miniature Shetland Ponies

For being such a small horse the Shetland Pony is unusually strong, this is because the breed made its development in the rather harsh conditions of the Shetland Islands, from which they received their name. The natives of the islands … Continue reading

Pygmy Goats

Pygmy goats originated in Africa and made their way as pets in American homes during the 1950’s. These goats are very popular today as pets for children and are a common member of petting zoos all over the world. They are … Continue reading

Emus

Emus are native to Australia and may live up to 30 years. They are between 4 and 6’6 tall and weigh between 80 and 120lbs, are very inquisitive but not aggressive by nature. They mature at about 2 years and … Continue reading