Specifically designed for our younger adventurers at Chessington, the Children’s Zoo is packed full of adorable animals who enjoy nothing more than being petted and stroked.
Come along and see our gorgeous guinea pigs, sleepy sheep and kind Kunekunes’ who are always pleased to welcome new faces in to their homes.
In this area of our zoo you will find the following…
African Pygmy Goats: Pygmy goats are a small domestic breed of goat, originating from the Cameroon Valley in West Africa. Pygmy goats are known for their good-natured personalities, friendliness and hardy constitution!
FUN FACT: To help them keep a firm grip even on slippery hillside ground, Pygmy Goats have hair between their hooves.
Anglo-Nubian Goats: This breed of goat was developed in Great Britain and has distinct characteristics including large, pendulous ears and a “Roman” nose.
FUN FACT: Anglo-Nubian milk is high in butterfat and protein, which makes it perfect for making cheese.
Herdwick Sheep: Herdwick sheep are native to North West England and like to spend most of their time grazing the hillsides. They have thick wool to keep them warm during the winter, which people often use to make carpets of loft insulation. It is just too scratchy and coarse to make into a jumper!
FUN FACT: Herdwick lambs are born black. After a year or so they turn brown and then some turn grey.
Guinea Pig: Despite their common name, these animals are not pigs, nor do they come from Guinea. They are native to the Andes and while they no longer exist in the wild, they are closely related to several species that are commonly found in the grassy plains and plateaus of the region.
FUN FACT: New born guinea pigs are known as pups. They are born with their eyes open, have fur and can start running within 3 hours of birth.
KuneKune Pig: KuneKune Pigs are small domestic pigs thought to originate from New Zealand. These pigs are very hairy, have a dumpy build and can have unusual tassels hanging from their bottom jaw. Lilly and Biscuit are our Kunekune pigs. They have a friendly, placid nature.
FUN FACT: Kunekune means “fat and round” in the Maori language.
Rabbits: Rabbits are one of the most popular pets to keep due to their affectionate nature and love of cuddles! To show they are happy, they often grind their teeth softly when being petted, similar to cats purring. Rabbits teeth never stop growing so it important they can gnaw on bark and other rougher objects to keep them short and smooth.
FUN FACTS: Rabbits can jump as high as 90cm and the World Record for the highest rabbit jump is 1metre!
Chickens: Probably the most common domesticated bird, there are now estimated to be over 43 billion chickens around the world! That means there are more than 6 times more chickens than people! Chickens are popular birds to keep, not only for their meat and eggs, but also their funny behaviour and beautiful feathers. Chickens like to eat seeds and insects.
FUN FACT: The oldest chicken in the world lived till the age of 16 years old.
Muscovy Ducks: Native to America, Muscovy Ducks can survive in pretty much any climate. They are normally black, brown and white in colour with red or pink faces.
FUN FACTS: Compared to other birds, Muscovy Ducks are less noisy with some people even calling them ‘quackless’ ducks! They are not however completely silent with the drakes’ having a low, dull call and the hens’ a quiet coo.