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

So let’s start. At the beginning you can find different parrots:
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

And monkeys:
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

Note: complete list of all animals can be found at the official site.

Gibbons were quite active in the morning + there was a baby. Thus, I was able to take one of my favorite photos from that day (shot through a window):
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

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.

Lemurs

Then we entered into lemur’s pavilion. If you don’t have any food or it’s not feeding time then most likely you will see them high on the trees:
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

But, if it’s feeding time then they will get much closer. And some of them will even let you pet them, of course, as long as there food involved.
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

Lemurs are not monkeys. They have their own family, the Strepsirrhini ( a suborder of primates). There are nearly 100 species of lemurs and in the past there were lemurs as large as gorillas.
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

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.
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

Peacocks wonder freely around the zoo:
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

Due to their fast pace, photographing turtles is only for advanced photographers 🙂
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

Not sure why, but there is grace in giraffes:
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

I guess it’s true what they say: the neighbor’s leaves are tastier.
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

A peacock with the offspring:
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

Tamarin (squirrel-sized New World monkey):
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

Chicks at kindergarten:
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

Meerkat (or suricate) on guard:
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

The laughing elephant:
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

At the petting area you can find different types of goats and sheep:
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

At the birds area you can find several pelicans, a group of flamingos, swans, storks and other birds.
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

Looking at the teenager swans, the The Ugly Duckling fairy tale comes to mind.
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

Crocodile:
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

Pelican drinking:
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

Nap time:
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

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.
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel
Looking at the Orangutan pose I wonder, who entertains who. They entertain us or we entertain them.

And my last photo was of this Capuchin who looks at his sibling’s tail as of it was a toy.
Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

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).

Here is one of the photos from that visit:Visiting Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

Another interesting update is related to the baby gibbon that we saw during the previous. This time he is already a toddler and runs by himself. Here is he eating fruits:Baby Gibbon at Hay Park in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

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!

Stay Tuned!

 

For additional attractions nearby see Haifa page. You can also check out Animals category for more posts about animals.

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