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Animals

Animals in Knockhatch Children's Farm 

Do you have fond memories of visiting the farmyard as a child? If you went to school in the UK, there’s a good chance you do. Many of us were at some point taken to see the animals at the farm, it’s a great memory that we’ve cherished for years. That’s why it’s so great to see so many children enjoying the farm animals at Knockhatch Adventure Park. The farmyard is one of those places that we’re introduced to at a young age, so it’s no surprise why kids love it so much. Let’s look at a few more reasons that a visit to the farm animals is great for children.

Learning is the number one priority for children of all ages, and there are a number of ways to teach. One of the most effective ways to learn is through ‘hands on’ activities. Ask any primary school child what their favourite days at school are and you’ll likely get the same answer: school trips. These trips give kids a chance to see things with their own eyes – and farms are a frequent destination. At Knockhatch Adventure Park, kids get the chance to see all sorts of animals – and even pet many of them if they like! Visiting farmyard animals in this way teaches kids all about the life cycle of animals: especially if you visit during the spring.

Another benefit of visiting farm animals is that children get to see animals that they normally may not be able to. If you live in a city, for example, seeing a pig or a goat is something that rarely happens. Giving kids the chance to see these farmyard animals in a safe and happy environment can create memories to be cherished long into their lives. At Knockhatch Adventure Park, you get all the benefits of a farm park, along with plenty of other activities too – from crazy golf to mini-quads. And because of the learning benefits that come from visiting farm animals, children visiting will learn something too! It’s a win-win for kids and adults alike. 

Come and visit one of the best places to visit in East Sussex!  A great place to come when you are looking for things to do or places to go in the school holidays.  You will find many animals in the Knockhatch Children's Farm and around the adventure park, why not come along and see how many you can find! You can purchase animal feed at the entrance gate for 50p and feed our farm animals. (Please remember to wash your hands afterwards).   A fantastic fun place for all the family!

Animal Adoptions
Adopt an animal  If you love animals, adoption makes a great gift for yourself or an alternative gift idea for a relative or friend. Adopting one of our animals is a brilliant way to support them, and our work here at Knockhatch Adventure Park. Conserving the world’s wildlife, for today and f...
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Chicken
Domestic ChickensKey FactsOrigin : World Wide Height /Wingspan: 25.4-38cm Diet :  Omnivore Habitat : Mostly domesticated Weight : 1.8-4.08kg Lifespan : 5-10 years Did you know? There are many breeds of chicken, there are only a few examples h...
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Coati
South American Coati – Nasua nasua (Pronounced Co-ar-ty) We have Coati at Knockhatch Adventure Park, a mammal from the raccoon family. It is often called by the nickname “Brazillian Weasel” Some people say they are like a little dog, some say cat, others say Gremlin! Key Facts Origin: ...
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Cockatiel
Cockatiels – Nymphicus hollandicusKey FactsOrigin : Australia Weight : 80-100g Height /Wingspan : 300-330mm Lifespan : 12-15 years Diet : Herbivore Reproduction: 2/8 eggs Habitat : Outback of Australia Conservation Status: Least Concern  Did you know? In the wild they live in...
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Donkey
Donkey - Equus asinusKey FactsOrigin : North Africa Weight : 80-480kg Height /Wingspan: 80-160cm Lifespan : 15-25 years Diet : Herbivore Habitat : Marginal desert land Reproduction: One foal a year Conservation Status: VulnerableDid you know? Although Donkeys prob...
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Kookaburra
KookaburraDacelo The Kookaburra are between 28–42 cm or 11–17 in length, they are terrestrial kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea. They are known for their hysterical laughter. They can be found in habitats ranging from humid forest to the savanna. ...
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Ducks & Geese
Ducks & Geese at KnockhatchDucksYoung ducklings can feed themselves as soon as they reach water,  they do however need to learn what they can and can not eat. For a few days they stick close to their mother as they depend on her for warmth and security as they can easily get cold. Mum ...
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Emu
Emu - Dromaius NovaehollandiaeKey FactsOrigin : Australia Height /Wingspan : 2.3m / 1.4-1.6m Diet : Omnivore Reproduction : 3-6 eggs in batches Weight : 30-45kgLifespan : 15-20 years in the wild Habitat : Open Bushland  Conservation Status: Least concern Did you k...
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Goat
Goats at Knockhatch Children's Farm Our goats are friendly, but please do take care not to put your fingers through the fence as their horns could hurt you. They eat raw food and then regurgitate and chew again, yum! They will eat just about anything, plants and weeds, wood.... but have an ins...
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Guinea Pig
Guinea Pigs - Cavia porcellusKey FactsOrigin : South America Weight : 700 - 900g Length : 20 - 25 cm Lifespan : 4 to 5 years Diet : Herbivore Reproduction : Average 3 per litter Habitat : Only ever domesticated Conservation Concern : Least concernDid you know? Guine...
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Llama
llama - Llama GuanicoeKey FactsOrigin : South America Weight : 130 - 200 kg Height : 1.7 - 1.8 m  Lifespan : 20 - 30 yearsDiet : Herbivore - hay & grass Reproduction : One “Cria” a yearHabitat : Only ever known as domesticated Conservation Status : Least ConcernDid you...
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Meerkat
Meerkats Suricata suricatta    Distribution: The vast majority of wild meerkats live in the Kalahari Desert; this desert is spread across South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Botswana and Zimbabwe.   Habitat: Mainly open arid savannah.  Food: A wide diversity of prey is...
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Peafowl
Peafowl - Pavo cristatusKey FactsOrigin : India Weight : 2.75 - 6.0 kg Height /Wingspan : 2.3 m - 1.4 - 1.6 m Lifespan : 15-20 years in the wild Diet : Omnivore Habitat : Open Forest Reproduction : 3-6 eggs Conservation Status : Least concernDid you know? The Hindu p...
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Pheasant
PheasantsYellow Golden Pheasant Key FactsOrigin : Mutation of the Golden Pheasant Weight : 630gHeight : Male 90 - 105cm Female 60 - 80cm Lifespan : 6 - 8 years  Diet : Omnivore - Grain Leaves & invertebrates Reproduction : 8 - 12 eggs nest on ground Habitat :...
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Pig
Pot Belly Pig - Sus ScrofaKey FactsOrigin : Vietnam Weight : 2.75 - 6.0 kg Height : 2.3m / 1.4 - 1.6m Lifespan : 10 - 15 yearsDiet : Omnivore Reproduction : Up to 8 piglets twice a year Habitat : Damp meadows Conservation Status : Least ConcernDid you know? The Pot...
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Pony
Miniature PonyMiniature horses are found in Europe and the Americas and are the size of a very small pony with most retaining horse characteristics and are considered "horses" by their respective registries. They are friendly and interact well with humans which make them ideal as...
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Rabbit
Domestic Rabbit - Oryctolagus cuniculusKey FactsOrigin : North Western Africa , Spain & Portugal Weight : 0.4 - 2 kg Size : About 48 cm Lifespan : 5 - 10 yearsDiet : Herbivore - grass, clover & bark from trees Habitat : Meadows, woods, desertsReproduction : 4 - 12 babie...
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Raccoon
Rocket the RaccoonIn Oct 2014 our senior keeper Steve started training Rocket. This was easy since he was clearly looked after and given a good upbringing by his previous owners. In Dec 2015 Rocket was ready to be shown to the public and you might be lucky to see him in the Animal Encounters Show. O...
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Reindeer
Reindeer – Rangifer tarandus  Reindeer are beautiful gentle animals and are one type of at least 40 species of deer spread across the world, but Reindeer are the only Arctic species of deer.  Key Facts about Reindeer Origin : Europe, Asia & Atlas Mountain Scandinavia, Eastern...
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Red Deer
Red Deer – Cervus elaphus Key Facts Origin : Europe, Asia & Atlas MountainDiet : Rumanant –  grasses, heather, leaves & twigsLifespan : 10-13 years   Weight : (F) 120-170kg (M) 160-240kg Height : 175-230cm (F) 160-210cm (M)    Reproduction : One fawn a year &nbs...
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Skunk
Skunk. We have a skunk at Knockhatch called Pepe. Skunks are beautiful mammals, known for the ability to spray a strong smelling odour from their hind end. Our Pepe has been de-scented, which means that he can no longer spray. Key Facts Origin : Western Hemisphere Weight : 0.50kg-8...
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Tortoise
Knockhatch Tortoises Tortoises are extremely robust and climate hardy. They are known to have a friendly nature and love to dig and climb.They have a roundish shell (carapace) and are different from other tortoises because they have four claws on their front feet.  They are small with males rea...
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Wallaby
Bennetts Wallaby - Macropus Rufogriseus We have a fantastic Wallaby walk through for visitors, allowing access to get up close to feed & pet our wallabies. You can purchase farm food from the entrance for 50p. Our wallabies are really friendly and love it when children come in to stroke them and...
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