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Welcome to the small zoo in the heart of Kent.



Hello and welcome to the Hemsley Conservation Centre! If this is your first visit or you have been many times before this page is designed to give you all the information you need to know!

We are...

  • A small breeding centre for rare animals.

  • An educational establishment, working towards educating our visitors about our animals, their habitats and the natural world.

  • Working to preserve the species in our care.

  • Working to advance scientifically driven animal care.

  • Represent, support and champion species not commonly kept in mainstream zoos.

  • Supporting in and ex situ conservation programmes.

  • Not a playground.

  • Not a petting zoo.


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Keeper Talks

10.30 - Tapir & Capybara 

11.00 - Meerkats

12.00 - Squirrel Monkeys

13.45 - Otters

14.00 - Lemurs

14.30 - Meerkats

15.00 - Maned Wolves

15.30 - Tapir Tea Time**

1 - Tapir & Capybara

2 - Toucan

3 - Aardwolf Viewing

4 - Aardwolf

5 - Tayra

6 - Geoffroy's Cats

7 - Straw Coloured Bats

8 - Squirrel Monkeys

9 - Tamarins

10 - Marmosets

11 - Lemurs

12 - Capuchins

13 - Sloth, Prehensile Tailed Procupines & Armadillos, Goeldi Monkeys

14 - Porcupines, Black Tailed Marmosets, Armadillos, Tarantulas and Invertebrates

15 - Night Monkeys and Pygmy Slow Loris

16 - Ring Tailed Vontsira

17 - Short Beaked Echidna & Ground Cuscus

18 - Bali Myna

19 - Lemur House

20 - Meerkats

21 & 22 - Under refurbishment

23 - Lemur Trail

24 - Wallaby Walkthrough

25- Ocelots

26 - Kinkajous & Six Banded Armadillos

27- Rusty Spotted Cats

28 - Javan Binturong & Short Clawed Otters

29 - Maned Wolves

** Feed our tapir some tasty snacks at £5pp. Limited to 10 people. First come first serve.


Remember, you can spend as long as you like at the HCC on the day of your visit, we are open from 10am till 5pm with last entry into the zoo at 4pm.

The Rainforest Tearooms are open from 10am till 5pm with last hot food orders at 4pm.

Toilets are located at the entrance to the zoo and by the meerkat enclosure. Baby-changing facilities can be found at the toilets by the meerkat enclosure.

If you have not seen a particular animal then do not be afraid to speak to a keeper or other member of staff, they will be able to help.

Would like to book one of our very popular animal experiences? Our experiences offer you the chance to get up close and personal to some of our species. CLICK HERE for more information and to book.

Anything we missed? Speak to a member of staff either in the zoo or the tearoom, they will be able to help.

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