Hi! My name is Hazel. I’m often referred to as the hedgehog lady! My son Mark works alongside me in all aspects of the business. Welcome to Essex Pygmy Hedgehogs.



Everyone asks me “How did you get into breeding pygmy hedgehogs?” The answer is very straight forward. I kept one as a pet and fell in love. Hedgehogs are amazing creatures full of character, mischief and fun. I enjoy caring for the hedgehogs and helping people in their journey to owning one of these fascinating creatures.

African pygmy hedgehogs are extraordinary creatures. Inquisitive, curious and covered in quills, these charming animals can make unusual yet delightful pets.

I can provide answers to all your questions. You’ll have an appointment time to collect your new hoglet with plenty of time for questions and guidance from me and then any after care – should you need it.

I’m based in Basildon, Essex. If you can’t travel to me, I can look at bringing the pygmy hedgehog to you.


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Bring your hog for a holiday he/she will be well looked after. So contact us and I’ll be happy to advise you of availability. Prices start from £5 per night.


Hazel came to visit our party with a mother hedgehog and four gorgeous hoglets. She taught us so much about them and we had lots of time to hold them and take pictures. A bonus surprise was meeting Peanut the Tenrec, who enjoyed snoozing in the warmth of our palms. I wanted to take him home with me! Thanks Hazel for a special afternoon.
C Bates
28 March 2019

Hi Hazel and Mark, thank you so much for bringing your gorgeous hedgehogs to our Rainbow unit - the adults loved it just as much as the girls! You're brilliant at interacting with the girls and it's obvious the hedgehogs mean a lot to you both. Hope to see you again, I'll definitely keep recommending you. Best wishes, Cecile, 1st Danbury Rainbows Unit
28 March 2019

Hazel is so lovely and helpful fell like I've known her for years got our little hedgehog for daughter for Christmas she has settled in already and loves being held and cuddled thank u hazel for making mine and Libby's Christmas love little Hedi so much already xxx
Kelly Thomas
23rd December 2017