Brent Lodge Animal Centre, often called the “Bunny Park”, has reopened as Hanwell Zoo,
The Zoo is located in Brent River Park where it has been operating for more than 40 years. The change of name has been made to better reflect its array of wildlife, say the council. The Zoo is home to 42 species with more new additions planned for later in 2017.
Visitors can see a range of beasts from meerkats and lemurs, to capybaras, Javan peafowl and flamingos, red-crowned cranes, tropical frogs, pygmy goats, kune kune pigs and the zoo’s resident porcupine. Tamarin monkeys, frilled-neck lizards and alpacas are due to arrive in the near future.
The zoo’s butterfly and reptile house has been renovated as part of the improvements, with visitors able to walk amongst free-flying butterflies. A brand new playground featuring a sandpit and slide is also set to open within the zoo area in the coming weeks.
Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment, transport and leisure said: “I’m delighted to see the new Hanwell Zoo opening its doors to visitors this spring. It’s a much loved facility and a real gem to have in the heart of our borough.
“Over the past few years, the zoo has been transformed with the renovated, larger and more modern habitats for the fantastic animals that live there. The expanding collection of animals is adding to the familiar family favourites. The arrival of meerkats, lemurs and now flamingos and alpacas, alongside the renovated butterfly and reptile house mean this is a fabulous destination for all to enjoy.
“The council has worked to secure the future of the zoo meaning it will continue its vital conservation work, and valuable education programmes within the community.”