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Hanwell Zoo’s happy Christmas

Ealing Council has the perfect gift for animal lovers this Christmas with stockings full of animal encounters, magical Christmas crafts and animal themed activities at Hanwell Zoo, W7.

Hanwell Zoo is getting you ready for smiles on Christmas day, with a huge 25% off the Meet the Meerkat experience. The encounter includes meeting the zoo’s five mischievous meerkats, feeding them and learning all about their habitat and natural history. The experience costs £45 for two people, normally £60 and is suitable for children aged five and over. The offer is available until 24 December 2017 from the zoo’s gift shop of online via the zoo’s Facebook page.

The zoo has also been transformed into a magical Winter Slumberland experience for the next month to help young visitors get into the festive spirit.

Nestled within thousands of twinkling lights, the Air Dome will give young visitors the chance to make decorative sparkly leaves to decorate the zoo’s Christmas tree, while learning about how animals adapt to the winter. There is plenty to learn about which animals choose to hibernate and which will migrate for the colder months to warmer climates.

Even the gift shop has had a Christmas make over, with lots of great stocking fillers and the exclusive Hanwell Zoo baubles. All the money raised from the sale of the baubles will go towards the zoo’s community and conservation projects.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “Imagine the look on your loved one’s face when they come face-to-face with five cheeky little meerkats… that’s got to be a Christmas present they will never forget. And in doing so, you will be supporting the future of conservation and local community projects.

“A visit to Hanwell Zoo will definitely get you feeling festive. There are some amazing animals to see – if you haven’t been down already, you should.”

The Winter Slumberland experience will be open from Friday, 1 until Sunday 24 December at Hanwell Zoo, based in Brent Lodge Park, Church Road, Hanwell, W7 3BP. Follow @HanwellZoo on Twitter and search Hanwell Zoo on Facebook.

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