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  1. Quincey

    Quincey Well-Known Member

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    I was there for 2 hours on Monday , but didn’t see him!
     
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    They are nocturnal.
     
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    In captivity certain individuals have been observed to be crepspecular.
     
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    Crepspecular?
     
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    Active at dawn and dusk.
     
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    Small cats are often active by day in captivity, irrespective of whether they are nocturnal in the wild. The photo at the top of the page was taken in daylight...

    @animal_expert01 - crepuscular :)
     
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    I've seen them active in a few other places though and the article said he'd been seen out in his enclosure.
     
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    I've seen the species at both Dudley and Drayton Manor Zoos and they were usually very active in their enclosures when I saw them.
     
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    I'm contemplating taking a trip via the 308 bus from Sevenoaks to the collection sometime soon. My first impressions from photographs,is that this looks like a collection someones set up on their allotment,amongst their cluttered sheds,and I don't really see tyres as an animal enrichment other than for primates. I understand that its small and just starting up,but is it worth a visit?
     
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    I've not visited Hemsley (although I intend to rectify that this summer) so cannot speak from personal experience.

    However, given how scarce tayra are in UK animal collections, I would suggest it was well worth a visit if only to see them.
     
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    Hemsley is an odd place. The staff are great, very friendly and keen to engage people. They did a round up of the visitors every time they went in to feed something so they could do a quick talk on the species to an audience, which I thought was great - got the education and conservation message across, and increased visitor engagement and satisfaction (as well as prolonging their stay).

    When I went (2 months ago) it seemed to me like a small zoo which should have been a nocturnal house - some of their most interesting species (for me anyway; the two small cats, prehensile-tailed porcupine, mouse lemur, jerboa, palm civet) would probably have been best off exhibited nocturnally. Though I spent an hour there, I spent most of that zipping around the zoo to see if some critters would make an appearance, as it was I didn't see the jerboa, civet or rusty spotted cat, which was a shame (I almost gave up hope of seeing the Geoffroy's cat, but very glad I didn't!). Having said that, they have got some very visible species which make up (for the general public) for the apparently empty enclosures.

    I'd say it's definitely worth a visit if you're in the area - it's small as you say, but I think it needs all the visitors it can get at the moment.
     
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    I would agree with this assessment almost entirely, it has a bit of a ' still in the development stage' feel to it, some of the stand off barriers are wooden pallets ! But most of the enclosures are fine. The rarities will keep most of us happy, but for the general public, it's often a case of ' walked round in 10 minutes , didn't see any animals' if you read TripAdvisor! Some of the animals are best seen when more of the talks are on later in the day.
     
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    A pair of Red-fronted lemurs have gone on display.
     
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    Just returned from a fleeting trip to Hemsley by public transport.It seems that Otters maybe arriving at some point as a small dip pond enclosure is being constructed. My first impressions are that whilst this place is small and cramped,and not really ideal for the cats,Tayra,Meerkats or birds and the enclosures are made from simple pallets,netting and tyres and the animal houses are sheds,there is a lot of potential if the funding and the ability to expand,is right, to make this a better small zoo. There is no sign from the road to give passing people the hint that Hemsley exists down the lane,but that's not the fault of the owners. The owners,employees really do have the enthusiasm for educating visitors and the care of their animals,and for me,in some ways the layout of the small zoo is rustic and quaint in its natural appeal and use of recyclable material (as the owners had replied to an irate tripadvisor visitor).Had it been bigger,clearly signposted and been easier to get to via public transport,it would be almost,i stress 'almost',as good as Tilgate.
     
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    Three sister Asian small-clawed otters have arrived at Hemsley Conservation Centre.

    Information comes from the centre's Facebook page.