Animals


  • Mammals
  • Farm Animals
  • Birds
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles and Fish
  • Invertebrates
  • Native

ARGENTINE HORNED FROG
ARGENTINE HORNED FROGCeratophrys ornata
Conservation Status: Near Threatened

Female frogs lay up to 2000 eggs in the water, and within two weeks they become tadpoles! They are also known as ‘Pacman Frogs’ as like Pacman, they will eat anything they can fit in their huge mouths!
BEARDED DRAGON
BEARDED DRAGONPogona vitticeps
Bearded dragons communicate with each other not by sound, but by head bobbing, leg waving and changing the colour of their beards!
We are very fortunate here at Northumberland Country Zoo to be surrounded by great British countryside and some amazing wildlife!

Around our park, you may be lucky enough to find all sorts of native species from bumblebees and butterflies in our wildlife areas, to our wilder, more reclusive residents like hedgehogs and birds of prey.

We also exhibit a few native species including the Red Fox and Harvest Mouse.
BEES
BEES
The park is alive with the buzzing of bumblebees and honeybees as they explore the rural habitat. Check out our identification guide in the wildlife garden to help you identify the bees you see.
BENNETT’S WALLABY
BENNETT’S WALLABYMacropus rufogruiseus
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern

Bennett’s Wallabies are known as part of a group of ‘Macropods’ which in greek translates to ‘Large Foot’.
BLUE & GOLD MACAW
BLUE & GOLD MACAWAra ararauna
Macaws can live up to 70 years and they are also known to mate for life.
Blue-Fronted Amazons
Blue-Fronted AmazonsAmazona aestiva
Even though both males and females look like all-green parrots to the human eye, to each other, they are totally different colours as they have the ability to see a whole different colour spectrum to humans!

Conservation Status: Least Concern
BUDGERIGAR
BUDGERIGARMelopsittacus undulatus
A budgie holds the record for the largest vocabulary of words spoken of any species of bird, with 1,728 words!
BUTTERFLIES
BUTTERFLIES
Check out our wildlife garden area for tips on different plants which you can use in your garden to attract any of the 58 native species of butterfly.
CANARY
CANARYSerinus canaria domestica
Domestic canaries were first bred in captivity in the 17th Century and were kept in the palaces of Kings!
CAPE CRESTED PORCUPINE
CAPE CRESTED PORCUPINEHystrix africaeaustralis
Porcupines are not able to shoot their quills, they have to reverse into their attackers for the dangerous quills to stick in!
CAPYBARA
CAPYBARAHydrochoerus hydrochaeris
Capybara are the largest rodent in the world and they are semi-aquatic which means they spend a lot of time in water, they even mate under-water!
CATTLE
CATTLE
We have some lovely cattle at the park. We are pleased to have two rare-breed Luings as well as a Hereford Bullock who are all a very impressive size!
CHICKEN
CHICKENG. Gallus domesticu
There are hundreds of breeds of chicken bred for their meat, egg production or just purely for their looks!
CHILEAN ROSE TARANTULA
CHILEAN ROSE TARANTULAGrammostola rose
Conservation Status: Least Concern

These tarantulas have small, spine-like hairs on their abdomen which they can 'flick' when threatened. These hairs are very similar to nettle stinging-hairs.
CHINCHILLA
CHINCHILLAChinchilla lanigera
A group of chinchillas in the wilds of South America is known as a herd!
CHINESE WATER DRAGON
CHINESE WATER DRAGONPhysignathus cocincinus
Conversation Status: Least Concern

These dragons can remain submerged under water for up to 90 minutes if they felt threatened and needed to hide!
CLYDESDALE
CLYDESDALE
Our largest resident is Fudge the Clydesdale Horse. No need to feel intimidated by his size, he is just a big friendly giant. Clydesdales were bred as heavy horses to help with farm work when mechanical machinery had not been invented yet!
COCKATIEL
COCKATIELNymphicus hollandicus
Cockatiels communicate not only through sound, but they also use their crest to signify if they are worried, angry or flirting with another bird!
CRESTED GECKO
CRESTED GECKOCorrelophus ciliatus
Conservation Status: Wild Populations - Vunerable

They do not have eyelids, instead, they have a clear scale which covers each eye to keep it moist. That means they have to use their tongues to clean debris from their eyes.
DEGU
DEGUOctodon degus
Male degus are known as Bucks, while females are known as Does - just like deer!
DONKEY
DONKEY
Our donkeys are definitely the loudest creatures which we keep at the animal park and they ensure that you know it! They are really friendly and love attention too.
EAGLE OWL
EAGLE OWLBubo bubo
All owls have a fur like surface on their feathers which mean that they are quiet fliers and they can sneak up on prey, however this means they are not waterproof!
EASTERN ROSELLA
EASTERN ROSELLAPlatycercus eximius
The ‘language’ of these parrots includes over 25 different distinctive sounds.
EXMOOR PONY
EXMOOR PONY
Exmoor ponies are a native breed of pony from the south of England. They are built for British weather and have very characteristic colourations.
FALLOW DEER
FALLOW DEERDama dama
Fallow deer can run up to 30mph and jump up to 2m in height!
FALSE MAP TURTLE
FALSE MAP TURTLEGraptemys pseudogeographica
False Map Turtles are appropriately named as they have what appears to be geographical land lines and markings on their skin.
FERRET
FERRETMustela putorius furo
The name ferret comes from the latin name ‘furritus’ which means ‘Little Thief’!
FLAT ROCK SCORPION
FLAT ROCK SCORPIONHadofenes troglodytes
Conservation Status: Least Concern

This species of scorpion is one of the longest species measuring in at up to 20cm long!
GIANT AFRICAN LAND SNAIL
GIANT AFRICAN LAND SNAILAchatina fulica
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Snails can lay 5 or 6 clutches of eggs every year, each time with up to 200 eggs! These eggs can hatch within just two weeks in ideal conditions.
GIANT AFRICAN MILLIPEDE
GIANT AFRICAN MILLIPEDEArchispirostreptus gigas
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Even though they are called Millipedes, they do not have 1,000 legs, instead they actually have around 256 legs!
GOAT
GOAT
Goats are bred for a variety of different purposes and can be used for milk and cheese production, producing cashmere wool as well as being bred for meat.
GOLDFISH
GOLDFISHCarassius auratus auratus spp
There are over 125 different types of Goldfish in the world and not all of them are gold!
GUINEA PIG
GUINEA PIGCavia porcellus
Guinea pigs have 4 digits on their front feet and only 3 digits on each of their hind feet!
Lamby's Tractors
Lamby's Tractors
Why not give your children a miniature tractor driving experience with one of Lamby’s electric coin-operated tractors?
LAUGHING KOOKABURRA
LAUGHING KOOKABURRADacelo novaeguineae
Laughing Kookaburra are the largest species of Kookaburra in the world.
Leopard Geckos
Leopard GeckosEublepharis macularius
Unlike most geckos, these leopard geckos have eyelids which means they don’t have to use their tongues to clean their eyes! When threatened or grabbed by a predator, they have the ability the ‘drop’ their tails, allowing them to escape while the confused predator battles with a wiggly tail!

Conservation Status: Least Concern
LEOPARD TORTOISE
LEOPARD TORTOISEStigmochelys pardalis
Leopard tortoises can live to be over 100 years and weigh up to 55 kilos! They are named for their distinctive yellow colouration with black spots, similar to a leopard.
LLAMA
LLAMALama glama
Llamas are used worldwide for protecting livestock as they have brilliant eyesight and warn off predators with their attacks!
LOVEBIRD
LOVEBIRDAgapornis spp
Lovebirds mate for life and pairs can be seen at the park snuggled up together - hence the name.
MADAGASCAN GIANT DAY GECKO
MADAGASCAN GIANT DAY GECKOPhelsuma grandis
Conservation Status: Least Concern

These geckos can change their colours from bright green with red spots to a dark green with orange spots when stressed.
MADAGASCAN HISSING COCKROACH
MADAGASCAN HISSING COCKROACHGrompadorhina portentosa
Conservation Status: Least Concern

There are three types of hisses that they make. The disturbance hiss, the female-attracting hiss and the aggressive fighting hiss. This hiss comes from between their abdomen segments rather than their mouth.
MEERKAT
MEERKATSuricata suricatta
There are over 50 different noises which meerkats use to communicate with each other in family groups of up to 50 individuals!
Mini Golf
Mini Golf
Challenge your family to a round of classic Mini-Golf!
MINIATURE DONKEY
MINIATURE DONKEY
You will be surprised at how small miniature donkeys actually are, we currently keep two donkeys who are even nosier than the larger donkeys!
MOTHS
MOTHS
Our rural location and wide variety of tree species provides us with a huge range of macro and micro moth species! We conduct Moth Trap surveys on-site and record all of the species we find.
PARMA WALLABY
PARMA WALLABYMacropus parma
Parma wallabies communicate with each other and our keepers by wobbling their heads from side to side quickly!
PEAFOWL
PEAFOWLPavo cristatus
Male peafowl are known as Peacocks, females are known as Peahens and their chicks are called Peachicks.
PIG
PIG
Pigs have a very exact gestation period which is easy for remembering - 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days! After which, they can have at least a dozen piglets
RABBIT
RABBITOryctolagus cuniculus
Male rabbits are called Bucks and females are called Does while any babies born are called Kittens!
RACCOON
RACCOONProcyon lotor
Raccoons have super-sensitive hairs on their fingers which help them to manipulate objects really well and figure out what they are without even looking.
RED FOX
RED FOXVulpes vulpes
Red Fox are found on every continent except for Antarctica!
RED FRONTED LEMUR
RED FRONTED LEMUREulemur rufus
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable

Along with some other species of Lemurs, the bottom row of front teeth is evenly spaced out to resemble a comb; this makes them ideal for grooming their fine fur!
RED SQUIRREL
RED SQUIRREL
We are on the border of Red and Grey Squirrel populations, but we are still lucky enough to have red squirrel visitors on site! Check out one of our specialist red squirrel feeders on the River Walk.
REGENT PARROT
REGENT PARROTPolytelis anthopeplus
Males are brighter and more yellow than females which are usually greener.
RING-TAILED LEMUR
RING-TAILED LEMURLemur catta
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered

Ring-tailed lemurs have scent glands on their wrists, which they then rub all the way along their tails to then waft their tails at other lemurs in ‘stink fights’!
SHEEP
SHEEP
Every sheep breed is adapted for the area where they were bred, from large stocky sheep in the lowlands, to smaller, more daintier sheep from the highlands.
SHETLAND PONY
SHETLAND PONY
There are plenty of shetland ponies at the park for the visitors to feed and stroke, they love attention and are full of personality.
STRIPED SKUNK
STRIPED SKUNKMephitis mephitis
The musky odour in skunk spray is so pungent that it can be smelled from several miles away!
SULCATA TORTOISE
SULCATA TORTOISECentrochelys sulcata
Also known as African Spurred Tortoises, they can grow to be one of the largest reptiles, weighing in at over 90 kilos!
TAILLESS WHIPSCORPION
TAILLESS WHIPSCORPIONDamon diadema
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Whipscorpions are arachnids like spiders, they also have 8 legs, however, they only use 6 legs for walking and the other 2 legs as feelers. Females also carry their babies on their backs!
THORNY DEVIL STICK INSECT
THORNY DEVIL STICK INSECTEurycantha calcarata
Conservation Status: Least Concern

If there are no males in area to breed with, females will reproduce by 'parthenogenesis' instead, which means that she still has babies, but they are just all girls!
TURKEY
TURKEYMeleagris gallopavo
Male turkeys impress females by competing to have the loudest gobble, they will compete with anything that makes a noise!
VEILED CHAMELEON
VEILED CHAMELEONChamaeleo calyptratus
Conservation Status: Least Concern

A chameleons' colour can change for many reasons, including social status, reproductive cycles as well as stress.
WHITE’S TREE FROG
WHITE’S TREE FROGLitoria caerulea
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Although frogs have lungs, they also absorb oxygen through their skin! They have to remain moist at all times for this to happen.
ZEBRA FINCH
ZEBRA FINCHTaeniopygia guttata
Male Zebra finches have a very complicated song which they copy from their fathers and tweak a little to make it unique to themselves.