Welcome to the Fenn Bell Conservation Project!
It is with great sadness and regret that we have made a decision today to keep the zoo closed throughout January 2021. After a meeting today with staff and family we have come to the decision based on two reasons.
First, that despite being an outdoors area, we are very concerned that by opening we will be encouraging people to travel and with infection rates still so high, we will be putting you, our customers, our staff and our animals at risk. This is something we can not warrant.
Second, as you will be aware, under the current guidelines we can only open up outside areas, which is great but with the constant rain and the last thing we need is you guys slopping around in mud. As it stands we will maintain all non-essential staff on furlough, but will remain under a lot of pressure to keep the animals warm and fed.
I will be honest this whole pandemic is gut wrenching on so many levels and the decision we have made will only cause the zoo more hardship but it is the right decision to make. I know that lots of you have offered donations and again it is so hard to have to go back to begging but we are left with no other choice. Nicky and Jenny are two fantastic friends of the zoo and have set up a go fund me page to help our rising and ongoing costs.
It’s tough but there is light at the end of the tunnel and we will all get there. It’s been a tough six years building the zoo and we won’t give up. We will look at February and see where we are then. Stay safe and we will see you all soon.
Any vouchers, gift certificates, or annual passes will be extended accordingly for the period of closure, this will be done automatically, you will not need to contact us to receive your extension.
The Fenn Bell is very proud to hold Medway’s first zoo licence. All our animals you see here have come through rescue or from other zoos. We aim to give these animals a safe and enriching environment to live in. We are very proud of what we have built here at the Fenn Bell and do lots of work with schools on educating youngsters on these animals.
We hope that you will see and understand the work and commitment that goes into what we do. If you would like to discuss any thing to do with the animals while you are here please ask to speak to a member of staff, we will be pleased to have a chat.
Take a look at all that’s happening at the Fenn Bell Conservation Project. We hold events at Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with everything that’s happening.
The Fenn Bell Conservation Project was started with two Kune Kune pigs, Ginger and Spice. Seeing an add on the internet I fell in love with them and decided to bring them home to meet the wife. Little did I know how taking these two pigs on would change my life and open up a whole new world for me.
Fast forward to today and we have achieved so much. We have lots of local schools visit us to learn about the animals and the natural world. We are now working with Hadlow and Mid-Kent college with their animal management students helping to produce the next generation of zookeepers and conservation warriors.
We open to all, all year round to come and be part of our ever growing family of animals here at the FBCUK Project.
Our aim is to bring people and animals together in a way that can benefit both. With this in mind, we are developing our new conservation area where we hope to work on breed and release programmes with animals such as red squirrels, with this area becoming the keystone to our education programme. Conservation, education and research must be the way forward for us all.
As for Ginger and Spice, they are still here with us. We look forward to seeing you all here and hope you enjoy your visit.
Come and visit us
The Fenn Bell Conservation Project is located in Allhallows in Medway, Kent. We are open from 10.30am to 6pm between April 1st to October 31st, and from 10.30am to 5.00pm between November 1st to March 31st. We would love to see you, our address is:
The Fenn Bell Conservation Project
The Fenn Bell Inn
Fenn Street, St. Mary Hoo
Rochester, Kent ME3 8RF