Hamerton Zoo Park

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Hamerton Zoo
Date opened 1990
Location Hamerton, Cambridgeshire, England
Coordinates 52°24′32″N 0°19′41″W / 52.409°N 0.328°W / 52.409; -0.328Coordinates: 52°24′32″N 0°19′41″W / 52.409°N 0.328°W / 52.409; -0.328
Land area 15 acres
Memberships EAZA[1][not in citation given]
Major exhibits Cats, Primates and Birds
Website www.hamertonzoopark.com

Hamerton Zoo Park is situated in Hamerton, near Sawtry, Cambridgeshire, England. It is a 25-acre wildlife park that exhibits around 500 animals from over 100 different species focusing on lemurs, cats and birds. The zoo has had notable breeding success with various endangered species and is rapidly expanding its collection with Malaysian tigers arriving in 2015 and enclosures being built for further species to be added shortly.[citation needed] The zoo is home to three white tigers.

Animal exhibits[edit]

Yawning corsac fox at Hamerton Zoo

Cats - oncilla, rusty spotted cat, Canadian lynx, cheetah, jaguarundi, serval, white Bengal tigers and Malaysian tigers.

Primates - collared lemurs (first breeding pair outside of the US), black and white ruffed lemur, ring tailed lemurs, lar gibbons, and various monkeys including: Goeldi's monkey.

Birds - greater curassow, flamingo and Ruppell's griffon vulture.

Other - binturong, raccoons, meerkats, wallabies, Chilean pudú, giant tortoise, corsac fox, giant anteater, Bactrian camels, two toed sloth and tayra,

Development[edit]

Planning permission for change of use from agricultural land to a zoo was granted in 1988 with the park opening on 15 June 1990.[2] The zoo seeks to be carbon neutral or better[3] and has two large wind turbines to provide power for the park erected during the second half of November 2012, the zoo was described as being the "most environmentally-friendly zoo in Europe" in 2014.[4] An application for two 50 kW turbines was turned down in August 2015 by Huntingdonshire District Council.[5]

Conservation[edit]

The zoo a conservation sanctuary[6] supports two conservation schemes:

  • The Cheetah Conservation Fund founded by Dr. Laurie Marker in 1990. Hamerton Zoo Park provides funds to CCF partly from the money raised through its cheetah contact experiences.[7]
  • The Giant Anteater Survey in Brazil seeks to radio track this flagship species using radio collars for twelve months as an in depth research project. Three organisations are involved in this project: The Zoological Research Museum Koenig in Bonn, Germany; the Brazilian Projeto Tamandua and the Federal University of Mato Grosso.[8]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EAZA Member Zoos & Aquariums". eaza.net. European Association of Zoos and Aquaria. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hamerton Zoo Park - Animal Park Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire". hamertonzoopark.com. 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.hamertonzoopark.com/history/mission_statement/
  4. ^ "Opus Energy works with Europe's most environmentally friendly zoo". opusenergy.com. 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Lamy, Shailesh (2015). "Shailesh Vara calls for more time to consult on Hamerton Zoo Park wind turbine appeal - Peterborough Telegraph". peterboroughtoday.co.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "BBC - Heating bills rise as cold weather hits wildlife parks". BBC News. London: BBC. 22 December 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Hamerton Zoo Park - Animal Park Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire". hamertonzoopark.com. 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Hamerton Zoo Park - Animal Park Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire". hamertonzoopark.com. 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

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