Today we visited Hamerton Zoo to celebrate Georgia’s first birthday!
It’s the nearest zoo to us and is a much smaller park than the likes of Whipsnade or Woburn. But you know what? It’s actually a lot better for a one year old as they have smaller animals that move.
Elephants and other slow moving animals don’t really interest her at the minute. So birds, meerkats and tigers that move are a lot more interesting. As it’s a smaller park, it’s also a lot cheaper (great news for me!) and means that you can look at everything in a few hours rather than feeling like you’ve missed out.
Georgia LOVED the meerkats and as they have a low down toddler sized window, it was easy enough for her to stand up against it and look at all of them run round. This also saved our arms from having to hold her up against everything.
It was just so nice to be able to let her get out of her pushchair to stand on her own two feet. She was so happy with herself to be a big girl.
Here’s my favourite Meerkat shot. (I’m pretty impressed if I do say so myself.)
One of the benefits of Hamerton Zoo is that they have Tigers (but no lions or bears, oh my). For such a small zoo to have tigers is a big deal. We managed to see them from quite a few directions too, Georgia loved looking at the tigers… as they’re basically just big cats and she LOVES our 2 cats and laughs at them in excitement everytime she sees them.
As it was a nice day, the white tigers were also enjoying a bit of sunbathing.
As well as big cats, they also have smaller exotic cats.
I loved this cat, as it looks like the Cheshire cat… I swear it has a human face!
They also have the biggest donkeys you have ever seen. These donkeys were definitely not the little donkey that Mary rode on the way to Bethlehem. I love how their ears are so expressive. The below was just one of these big donkeys showing off his happy face and sad face.
We took our own lunch on recommendation of friends who recently visited… as their shop is a sandwich only sort of affair rather than hot meals. This is fine if you’re prepared as they have plenty of picnic benches. A bit of a bummer if you’re expecting anything more exotic.
One of the only downsides I could find was that the toddler playground looked a bit dilapidated. They have a huge, lovely playground for the bigger kids, but the toddlers seem to have drawn the short straw with a swing that looks like something out of a horror movie… you know the one that swings on it’s own that’s about to fall apart.
Overall we had a fantastic morning – great to spend about 3 hours which is the perfect time for a little one. Of course, I can’t forget the little monkey that we took with us:
It was such a fantastic way to spend Georgia’s first birthday. We’ll definitely be going back to look at all of the animals again! 🙂