I’ve visited Hay Park (official site) previously but haven’t written a post about it. But, today I’m gonna fix it.
Hay Park is located at Kiryat Motzkin and it’s a medium size zoo. A visit can take from several hours until a half day. We visited it on a Friday, and it took us about three hours. The reason I mentioned the day of week is since some pavilions are open only on Sat. For example, the lemurs pavilion is open only on Saturdays and Holidays.
Map of the area:
At Hay Park
Note: complete list of all animals can be found at the official site.
Gibbons are also called smaller apes. This is because they belong to the apes family, but they are smaller then other species. Similarly to other apes they are tailless, but in many aspects they are much closer to monkeys. For example, they maintain the same mate for life.
We also saw penguins eating breakfast. It wasn’t the official feeding, which takes place at 13:30. I also guess the official feeding is more than just eating, but we left Hay Park around noon, so maybe next time.
When we finished visiting all animals, we decided to make another round at the monkey section. I always say come early since the animals are more active in the mornings (or in the evenings). But this time I was heading for a surprise. In the morning the Orangutans were in the back of their cage. But at noon they looked for shade. One of the shady places was next to the window. I took this picture (through the window) when the Orangutan was less than a meter from me.
Looking at the Orangutan pose I wonder, who entertains who. They entertain us or we entertain them.
If I had to summarize than I would say: Hay Park is a nice medium size zoo and if you love animals and haven’t visited it, then go for it.
Update – Visiting Hay Park on Saturday
About two month after the initial post I visited Hai Park again. This visit was on Sat., thus the Squirrel monkey cage was open. It’s a medium size area, which you are allowed to enter. In this area the Squirrel monkeys are running around you. One thing you should keep in mind is that they are looking for food. Thus, close your bags and keep an eye on you personal belongings. Of course feeding is not allowed and keep your hands away (they may bite).
Since it was Sat. there was also riding. The options are camel (see also: Camel ride in the Negev) or pony riding. For riding you buy additional tickets at the cafeteria on the premises. My daughter choose the camel riding. Camel riding costs 20 NIS and it’s a 10 minute ride.
That’s all for today and I’ll see you in future travels!