An ornamental bird. The term “peacock” is commonly used to refer to birds of both sexes. Technically, only males are peacocks. Females are peahens, and together, they are called peafowl. Suitable males may gather harems of several females, each of which will lay three to five eggs. In fact, wild peafowl often roost in forest […]
Bugs got big! The Flemish giant rabbit, also known as Oryctolagus cuniculus domesticus, is one of the largest breeds of rabbits. This docile species was domesticated in the early 16th century and has been bred ever since. It was first bred in Ghent, a city in Belgium, and although the records are a little hazy, the […]
The Patagonian Mara can reach up to 28 mph. The Mara is also known as the Patagonian cavy or the Patagonian hare, making them the larger relative of the guinea pig!. The Mara is the second largest species of cavy after the capybara and the fourth largest species of rodent. Mara’s can get around by walking, […]
100+ species of lemur in the wild. There are over 100 species of lemur in the wild, and they can live for up to 15 years. Hobbledown Heath is home to both Ring-tailed and Black and White Ruffed Lemurs.
Ten-Hut! A small mongoose, found in southern Africa. They are known as the Hobbledown guards because of the way they always stand to attention!
Slowly but surely. These slow reptiles can sometimes live to over 100 years old! They are also ancient, and have been around for over 200 million years – that’s longer than birds, mammals and snakes.
Yakety Yak. Though huge, yaks are herbivores – they eat mostly grass, flowers and moss. Their horns can be used to defend themselves, or to break through ice to reach the plants underneath.
Fluffy, floppy hair. This ancient breed of cow has fluffy, floppy hair designed to keep it warm in the chilly Scottish Highlands.
Polly wants a cracker. Known for being talkative and colourful, macaws live on a diet of flowers, nectar, fruit, nuts, seeds, and small insects. Hobbledown Heath has blue-and-gold macaws and scarlet macaws.
Goats Galore. Highly intelligent, and excellent climbers – look out for the floppy-eared Anglo Nubian breed and the miniature pygmy goats housed at Hobbledown Heath.