Pets’ Corner to re-open next Saturday

The popular Pets’ Corner in Hazlehead Park is to re-open next Saturday (1 July) after a £750,000 renovation and expansion which includes a new larger area for the fish and reptiles.

The work at the council-run facility included replacement of the roof over both parts of the buildings, internal alterations and refurbishment, the installation of new fish and reptile tanks, new external access ramp and paths, and an upgrade to the staff facilities.

The new aquarium and reptile section will be open next Saturday and work will finish on the education room shortly afterwards.

Aberdeen City Council Communities, Housing and Infrastructure convener Councillor Yvonne Allan said: “It’s great the work has finished for the new aquarium and reptile section and I’m sure visitors from both near and far will enjoy the new facilities.

“Pets’ Corner has been popular with families for years but the refurbishments and new additions will make it a really exciting place to go for people of all ages.

“The work will be finished just as the school holidays start so we’re sure Pets’ Corner will be even more popular this year.”

Donald Shaw, chairman of Friends of Hazlehead Park group which works with Aberdeen City Council to improve the facilities at the park and promote its attractions, said: “One of our priorities was to improve Pets’ Corner and transform into an interpretive/educational centre for the city and shire.

“It’s fantastic the work to the aquarium and reptile section will be finished – a refurbished and extended Pets’ Corner will be a boost to the park as it will give people, and particularly families, a reason to visit the area and find out for themselves all the fantastic facilities there are.”

Animal attractions at Pets’ Corner include alpacas, kune kune pigs, geese, turkey, chickens, sheep, goats, Shetland pony, miniature donkeys, fish, reptiles, budgies, ducks, finches, chipmunks, guinea fowl, ferrets, rabbits, chinchilla, guinea pigs and Burmese python.

Gethin the pygmy goat was a new arrival last July and has proved a popular attraction for both young and old alike.

The summer opening hours for Pets’ Corner are every day 10am to 5.30 pm.