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Eshott Heugh Animal Park, Morpeth

(3.8/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
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  • Great place. My 2 1/2 year old and I spent hours there and he wouldn't come home! The tractors and sheep were a bit hit! Will definitely come back.  more »
  • I found this attraction to be OK but a little underwhelming. It relied far too much on farm animals though did have a few exotic animals there. The location is also a nightmare to get to and some taxi...  more »
  • We have just adopted a little girl and decided to take her here as she, like us, is a huge animal lover. Opinions are personal but I dont agree with one reviewer who says the park is 'tatty'. i can on...  more »
  • (IF I COULD I WOULDN'T PUT A STAR!) This "zoo" is shockingly bad, good gift shop but the animals are in poor conditions, the pigs need urgent dental care as ones jaw was messed up as the tusks need trimming down and it could not see. They need space to at least turn around, the horses are sad and need a lot more space then it has got, the poor donkeys are fighting and crying out for food or warmth. The four Shetlands need to be separated into preferred places as the four of them together has made it very anti social for them as there is a runt and a bully, the two Shetlands are very upsetting to see as one faces the wall petrified of the other Shetland. The other donkeys have something wrong with their eyes and they also cry out when we leave. The duck obviously has something wrong with his legs as it was unable to move and looked like it had dislocated legs. The "laughing" Kookaburras are very loud animals hence the "laughing" bit, but these animals are separated for god knows what reason and are frozen to death, like the parrot as it sits on a log and shivers as they haven't put the light bulb on. The Meerkats paced and one was hunched over and looked very uncomfortable. The food is too expensive for what the park offers and we left crying with low thoughts. Thank you.
  • Absolutely awful. As studying in an animal based college we went to this zoo for educational reasons. As we entered the zoo I was appalled at the size of the enclosures. For large animals such as horses or donkeys, they were not put in fields, they had extremely small enclosures with barely enough room to move in. There is a charge of 50p to buy SALTED POPCORN to feed the domesticated animals. So the horses, Shetland ponies, donkeys and pigs all shared the same barn. The Shetland ponies clearly did not get along, there was 2 in 1 enclosure where 1 pony was backed away in the corner to get away from the other pony. So this pony obviously never got fed due to aggression in the enclosure. Also the horses and ponies had no hay to feed them whilst people were not in there to feed them. Maybe they were on a strict diet, but then again they were getting fed popcorn. The pigs eyes were glued together with some sort of gunk, looking like an eye infection. The donkeys, exactly the same, they clearly did not get along as there was constant fighting. The pigs were in tiny enclosures also where they are just swimming around in their own faeces. As we walked through the park we noticed the shelters for the animals were very very small. For example their was 2 or 3 deer inside the shelter but they were all huddled and one actually could not fit in the enclosure. As we walked past a few average enclosures we came across the chickens. The Silky Chickens had some sort of fungus on their face. One had it all over their head just giving it enough room to see and breathe. The other covering one eye making the chicken half blind. The skunks were separated so one was in the shelter and the other out in the rain. They were pacing back and forth because one wanted to be out and one wanted to be out of the rain. However as I said they were separated. Next we wondered past the Wallabies. Wallabies originate from Australia, however because they're in England they will be cold. But their shelter had no heating. Also the terrain was completely wrong as Wallabies are supposed to be in either woodchips or very short grass to make them their happiest. However the Wallabies were in mud with a shelter. With nothing to do. Walking past many enclosures such as The Laughing Cockatoos and the Eurasian Owl were not moving (we went around the zoo twice in 2 hours). Cockatoos are known for their 'laughing' however no noise was coming out of them. The llama's we wondered past were extremely skinny for llama's. Half of the enclosures were empty but said there was animals inside, which is a relief knowing they were not in the enclosures they were supposed to be in. The majority of animals we came across were pacing which is due to stress. The McCaw's enclosure was dreadful. McCaw's originate from Central America where they would have some sort of heat source. However this McCaw had a light, with no bulb in it. The McCaw was shivering because it was that cold which is devastating. It also had a tiny enclosure and my impression was it was there more for people's entertainment rather than for it to have for a home. Lastly the most worrying part was walking up to the ducks. One duck had something wrong with its leg. My assumption was a dislocated leg. This duck could not walk and whenever it went to stand up would fall back to the ground on its side. If I could rate this park no stars I would because I do not even believe this park is worth even half a star. This park is discusting. Coming in smiling, going out crying. Do not go here for the animals sake.
  • Not usually a fan of animal parks and zoos due to welfare concerns but I think this is one of the better ones. A really nice selection of animals that look healthy and happy. The cafe does nice straight forward food and drinks and the little shop is ok for kids. The craft shops are now not really worth a trip as they always seem to be closed so could be made more of and it can get really busy, of course, during holidays and is close to a caravan park so if you want a quieter time chose wisely :-)
  • Nice farm, lots to see and do x
  • Overpriced, not much to do.