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Blackbrook Zoological Park

Blackbrook Zoological Park

Near Leek Heart of England UK
Tel: 01538 308293
web : Blackbrook Zoological Park

Disabled facilities - most areas and building are accessible.

  • Toilets situated behind the shop.
  • Baby changing facilities situated behind the shop

    Set amid the Staffordshire Moorlands, Blackbrook Zoological Park has developed into a large and varied collection of some of the most rare and endangered species to be found in the world.

    Mrs Diana Holloway and her son Mark Rubery took over Blackbrook in 1991 and have developed it at an amazing rate. Every visitor that comes to Blackbrook is surprised at the wide variety of birds, animals, reptiles and fish on view.

    Many unusual species of birds are now at home here, including the largest collection of wildfowl to be seen in the British Isles, the swans and geese are of particular interest and do well in the moorland climate. Around the grounds are various aviaries housing a rapidly growing collection of Pheasants and Softbills.

    Also to be seen at Blackbrook are the largest collection of Cranes and Storks in the British Isles along with Ibis, Owls, Kookaburras and many others and some species are part of International Breeding Programmes. An exciting new exhibit at Blackbrook in 2000, was the Vulture enclosure which houses three of the worlds species of Vulture including the massive Ruppells Vulture and the smaller North American Turkey Vulture, and we are delighted to have breeding success with the latter. Other new arrivals are the Cassowaries and Ostriches, also a fantastic collection of Sea Ducks has been added. On entering Blackbrook you are greeted with the glorious sight of our group of Greater Flamingos wading on their lake. These all provide some amazing sights and sounds.

    There is a bird rearing area, where the various antics of chicks and ducklings can be watched during the spring and early summer. A variety of domestic Waterfowl are on view, many of them prize winners at major shows during the winter months. The Waterfowl range from the massive African Geese to Indian Runner Ducks and Miniature Call Ducks.

    Blackbrook now has a rapidly growing number of mammals settles in, which include porcupines, Raccoons, Ring Tailed Lemurs, Meerkats to Giant Marmots, Sitatungas, Capybaras and Guanacos. There are miniature Donkeys, South American Alpacas, miniature Zebu Cattle at home in the childrens farm. The Pets Corner at Blackbrook houses Rabbits, Chipmunks, and many, many more. A popular feature also, is our Aquarium with it is is ferocious Piranhas, and Electric Eels.

    Also new in 2000 was a major new exhibit - Water, Webs and Wings, this interesting and tropical indoor exhibit houses birds, fish, reptiles and insects all under one roof. The worlds largest pigeon, the Blue Crowned Pigeon from Papa New Guinea can be seen, as can various species of small Sharks, Rays and Lobsters in the centre pool with cascading waterfalls. As well as 18ft long Pythons, the massive Goliath Bird eating Spider, Salamanders, and lots more. This exhibit has proved a hit with all, as always at Blackbrook we have no intention of standing still and a number of new exhibits are planned for 2001.

    Visiting Times

    WE ARE OPEN TO VISITORS: daily 10.30am - 5.30pm.

    Closed December 25th, 26th 31st, January 1st

    Schools, Private Groups and summer evening tours taken by arrangement.

    How to Find Us

    From Leek take the Leek-Ashbourne Road (A523) take A523 until you reach the Little Chef on your right. Take the first right and Blackbrook is the first entrance on the right.

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