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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 present for yourself or an alternative birthday or Christmas 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 ...
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Alpaca
Alpaca - Vicugna pacosKey Facts Origin : Weight :  South America 48-84kg Height : Lifespan : 81-99cm 15-20 years   Diet :  Reproduction :  Herbivore One foal each year   Habitat : Conservation Status: Platea...
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Chicken
Domestic ChickensKey FactsOrigin : Weight : World Wide 1.8-4.08kg  Height /Wingspan: Lifespan : 25.4-38cm 5-10 years  Diet : Habitat :Omnivore Mostly domesticated   Did you know? There are many breeds of chicken, there are only a ...
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Chinchilla
Chinchillas - Chinchilla lanigeraKey FactsOrigin : Weight : Andes, South America 0.6-1.8kg Length : Lifespan :  25.5-35.5cm plus tail 15cm 15-20 years  Diet : Reproduction :  Mostly grass based food Average 2 per litter  Habitat : ...
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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 : Weight : Australia 80-100g  Height /Wingspan Lifespan :  300-330mm 12-15 years   Diet : Reproduction: Herbivore 2/8 eggs  Habitat : Conservation Status: Outback...
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Donkey
Donkey - Equus asinusKey FactsOrigin : Weight :  North Africa 80-480kg Height /Wingspan: Lifespan :  80-160cm 15-25 years  Diet :  Habitat : Herbivore Marginal desert land  Reproduction: Conservation Status: One foal...
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Duck
Ducks at Knockhatch Ducklings at Knockhatch Young 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, they can easily get cold. Mum b...
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Emu
Emu - Dromaius novae hollandiaeKey FactsOrigin : Weight : Australia 30-45kg  Height /Wingspan: Lifespan :  2.3m / 1.4-1.6m 15-20 years in the wild   Diet : Habitat : Omnivore Open Bushland  Reproduction: Conservation Statu...
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Geese
Geese, Domestic - Anser anser donmesticusKey FactsOrigin :    Weight: Probably Egypt although also worldwide    4 - 5 kg  Height/Wingspan:    Lifespan:Various according to breed     10 - 25 years  Diet: Reproduction:   &nb...
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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 : Weight: South America 700 - 900g  Length: Lifespan:20 - 25 cm 4 to 5 years  Diet: Reproduction: Herbivore Average 3 per litter Habitat: Conservation Concern:Only ever domesticated   ...
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Llama
llama - Llama GuanicoeKey FactsOrigin : Weight: South America 130 - 200 kg Height: Lifespan:1.7 - 1.8 m 20 - 30 years Diet: Reproduction: Herbivore - hay & grass One “Cria” a year Habitat: Conservation Status:Only ever known as domesti...
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Meerkat
MeerkatsSuricata 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 tak...
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Peafowl
Peafowl - Pavo cristatusKey FactsOrigin : Weight : India 2.75 - 6.0 kg  Height /Wingspan: Lifespan :  2.3 m - 1.4 - 1.6 m 15-20 years in the wild   Diet : Habitat : Omnivore Open Forest  Reproduction: Conservation Status: ...
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Pheasant - Golden
Golden Pheasant - Chrysolophus pictusKey Facts Origin : Weight : China 630 g Height : Lifespan : Male 90 - 105 cm Female 60 - 80 cm 6 - 8 years (wild)   Diet : Reproduction :  Omnivore (Grain Leaves & invertebrates) 8 - 12 eggs nest on ground &nb...
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Pheasant - Himalayan Monal
Himalayan Monal Pheasant - Lophophorus impejanusKey FactsOrigin : Weight : Himalayan Range Male 2 - 2.4 kg Female 1.8 - 2.5 kg Height : Lifespan : 70 cm of which the tail is 23 cm 6 - 8 years  Diet : Reproduction :  Omnivore - Grain Leaves & invert...
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Pheasant - Lady Amhurst
Lady Amhurst's Pheasant - Chrysolophus amerstiae Key Facts Origin : Weight : China 630g Height : Lifespan : 100 - 120cm of which the tail is 80cm 6 - 8 years   Diet : Reproduction :  Omnivore - Grain Leaves & invertebrates 8 - 12 eggs nest on g...
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Pheasant - Reeve's
Reeve's Pheasant - Syrmaticus reevesiiKey FactsOrigin : Weight : China Male 1529g Female 949gHeight : Lifespan : Male 210cm Female 75cm 6 - 8 years  Diet : Reproduction :  Omnivore - Grain Leaves & invertebrates 7 - 14 eggs in April & May &nb...
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Pheasant - Silver
Silver Pheasant - Lophura nycthemeraKey FactsOrigin : Weight : China Male 1130 - 2000g Female 1150 - 1300gHeight : Lifespan : Male 120 - 125 cm Female 70-71 cm 6 - 8 years  Diet : Reproduction :  Omnivore - Grain Leaves & invertebrates 6 - 15 eggs &...
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Pheasant - Swinhoes
Swinhoes Pheasant - Lophura swinhoiiKey FactsOrigin : Weight : Central Taiwan 630gHeight : Lifespan : Male 90 - 105cm Female 60 - 80cm 6 - 8 years  Diet : Reproduction :  Omnivore - Grain Leaves & invertebrates 2 - 6 eggs nest on ground Habitat :...
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Pheasant - Yellow Golden
Yellow Golden Pheasant Key FactsOrigin : Weight : Mutation of the Golden Pheasant 630gHeight : Lifespan : Male 90 - 105cm Female 60 - 80cm 6 - 8 years  Diet : Reproduction :  Omnivore - Grain Leaves & invertebrates 8 - 12 eggs nest on ground Hab...
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Pig - KuneKune
Kunekune Pig - Sus scrofa kunikuniKey FactsOrigin : Weight: New Zealand 80 - 136 kg  Length: Lifespan: 2.3 m / 1.4 - 1.6 m 10 - 15 years Diet: Reproduction: Herbivore 3 - 10 piglets twice a year  Habitat:  Grassland Kune Kune pi...
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Pig - Pot Belly
Pot Belly Pig - Sus ScrofaKey FactsOrigin : Weight: Vietnam 2.75 - 6.0 kg Height: Lifespan:2.3m / 1.4 - 1.6m 10 - 15 years Diet: Reproduction: Omnivore Up to 8 piglets twice a year Habitat: Conservation Status:Damp meadows Least ConcernDid you...
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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 ide...
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Rabbit
Domestic Rabbit - Oryctolagus cuniculusKey FactsOrigin : Weight : North Western Africa , Spain & Portugal 0.4 - 2 kg  Size: Lifespan :  About 48 cm 5 - 10 years  Diet : Habitat : Herbivore - grass, clover & bark from trees Meadows, woo...
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Reindeer
Reindeer – Rangifer tarandus (Holly and Ivy) We are delighted to announce that as from Nov 2013 we home Reindeer here at Knockhatch. When our Reindeer are taking a rest from helping Santa, they will be found in the top field past Froggies. They have been named as Holly and Ivy by both Katy Heas...
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Red Deer
Red Deer – Cervus elaphus Key Facts Origin : Diet : Europe, Asia & Atlas Mountain Rumanant –  grasses, heather, leaves & twigs Lifespan : Weight :   10-13 years   (F) 120-170kg (M) 160-240kg Height :  Reproduction: 175-230c...
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Sheep
Sheep at Knockhatch Children's FarmSoay Sheep This breed of sheep came from the Scottish Islands originally where they were often fed on seaweed. They will shed their fleece naturally if left but we sheer them to prevent fly strike.  The rams always have two horns but the ewes may have two horn...
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Skunk
Skunk. Find out more information on SKUNKS here at Knockhatch Adventure Park. A great resource for that school project or for anyone just wanting to learn more.... Key FactsOrigin :                                  ...
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Tortoise
Knockhatch TortoisesWe recently acquired Issac, a Horsefield Tortoise.  These 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...
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Turkey
Turkey - Melagris gallapvoKey FactsOrigin : Weight : North America Males 5 - 11 kg Females 2.4 - 5.4 kgHeight : Lifespan : Males 100 - 125 cm Female 76 - 90 cm 13 years if they can avoid Christmas!  Diet : Reproduction :  Omnivore - acorns, berries, s...
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Wallaby
Bennetts Wallaby - Macropus Rufogriseus We now have a fantastic Wallaby Walk Through for visitors to Knockhatch.  Get up close and feed the wallabies with the farm food which can be purchased from the entrance for 50p. Our wallabies are really friendly and love it when children come in to stro...
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Health And Safety
Health and Safety Notice for the Children's Animal Farm After tounching any of the animals or their fences always wash your hands or disinfect them as animals can carry diseases which could be harmful to you. Please make sure that you wash or disinfect your hands before you eat or put your fingers ...
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