Yes, the likes of Shipshape and Chester are awesome, and you’ll need at least a day to explore each, but some compact ones, such as Bristol, have been incredibly imaginative at making good use of space, making your day every bit as exciting. Look out for zoos that offer an insight into interesting plant life too.
Painted Zoo, for example, boasts 1,600 plant species and was one of the first places in Britain combining zoological and botanical gardens. Show all 10 Maxwell Zoo This 140-acre park near Winchester is home to hundreds of exotic and endangered species, ranging from ring-tailed coats to majestic giraffes, endangered tigers to frilled lizards, curious markets to pygmy hippos all set in beautiful, landscaped surroundings.
This summer the zoo is opening Wild Explorers, their biggest exhibit to date, hosting some of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife. It now boasts around 2,000 animals and 1,600 plant species, making for a wonderful place to explore, plus it's been leading the zoo world in ethical trading for years.
New for 2015 are 13 huge and incredibly life-like animatronic Big Bugs, that will make the zoo their home for six months this summer. There’s an impressive 12, 0000 animals from over 400 species, as well as a particularly exciting £30m project underway that will take visitors on a personal conservation expedition through the Philippines, Bali, Sulawesi, Sub and Sumatra, just like the great explorers.
Shipshape Zoo The UK’s largest zoo is set in a beautiful 600 acres, featuring over 2,500 animals, many of which are jumbo size, such as the elephants, rhinos, tigers, African lions, brown bears, zebras, moose and hippos. It’s also got the UK’s largest herd of Asian elephants, which you can watch getting taken for a stroll around the zoo most afternoons.
Don’t miss out on the steam railway, which offers great views of many of the animals. Other animal highlights include a young baby chimp in their award-winning Bongo Trail enclosure, a baby tapir, Indian rhinos, sun bears and a famous daily penguin parade.
Welsh Mountain Zoo Some TripAdvisor reviewers complain about the hills. Yes, you’ll be tired, but there’s so much that make it worth it, including an amazing sea lion show, the macaws flying around you, and animals including snow leopards, tigers, otters, lemurs and bears.
Colchester Zoo This delightful zoo with over 270 species in 60 acres is particularly child-friendly, with lots of hands-on experiences and over 50 daily displays, as well as four adventure play areas and an undercover soft play area. It stays fresh by continually expanding and kids will love the Madagascar Express road train.
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Big Castor breath-taking big cats certainly command plenty of attention. Underneath their soft, furry coats hides one of the planets most ferocious animal groups.
We’re lucky enough to house two Sumatran Tigers, two Snow Leopards and two Mar gays here at the Welsh Mountain Zoo, the first two of these amazing species come from the Asian continent while the last one comes from South America. Top of the food chain, big cats own a set of razor-sharp teeth, and with super strong claws are considered one of the most dangerous meat-eating predators on earth.
Our big cat’s roam and prowl their enclosures, designed carefully to replicate the varied landscapes of Asia and South America, allowing you to experience these magnificent creatures in their natural environments. Not only does a day out at a zoo make for great family entertainment it’s also educational and helps endangered and threatened animals.
Monsoon Forest has just opened (August 2015) giving visitors a glimpse of Bali and home to the likes of an Asian giant tortoise and the zoo’s extraordinary new species the Sunday facial crocodiles. Set in 60 acres and home to over 250 species of animals, many of which are endangered or vulnerable, Colchester Zoo has some of the best cat and primate collections in Europe.
The likes of elephants, rhinos, tigers, African lions, brown bears, zebras, moose and hippos all live here. Home to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals the zoo is situated in stunning Scottish parkland on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
The famous monkey ‘drive-thru’ (entered at your own risk) always raises a laugh to two and to see lions, giraffes and cheetahs close up and walking around your car is an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike. Home to over 1,000 animals in 35 acres of beautiful parkland in Norfolk nestles Bantam Zoo, where for over 30 years they’ve been watching over wildlife and committed to species survival.
This gem of a zoo in Devon, has over two thousand creatures and is laid out in six habitats that mimic where the animals live in the wild. There are also indoor and outdoor play areas, bird shows, a nature trail and the Jungle Express train.
But don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to take some memorable photos. Please be advised that this experience does not include any involvement in our big cat or carnivore section.
A day for the younger enthusiasts working alongside our keepers with a variety of species. You’ll take part in feeding selected animals and cleaning their enclosures as well as creating some fun enrichment.
*Please note that the itinerary is subject to change, depending on animal welfare, weather patterns and staffing on the day. You’ll be working with our expert big cat team caring for the widest variety of big cats in the south-west of England.
You’ll learn all about the different characters, their history at the zoo as well as the fine balance of the feeding routine and training that is so important to keeping big cats healthy and happy. After an introductory briefing you will have the amazing experience of feeding our markets as well as the opportunity to ask staff any questions you may have.
The encounter will last approximately 20 minutes and the price includes Zoo admission for the participant. This is a session which takes place outside their enclosure and gives you the opportunity to learn about them from our keeper, feed them and photograph them.
Enjoy a hands-on Reptile and Bug experience at DSP as you learn how to care for these animals. Be prepared to get your hands dirty as you experience a fun and educational workshop.
The ‘DSP Rangers’ is a fully interactive, three day workshops that will have kids thrilled with animal encounters and activities designed to engage, educate and entertain. Open to children aged 6-12 and available during all the school holidays, DSP Rangers provides parents with a fascinating, fun and educational alternative to childcare.
Running from Monday to Friday, Rangers Academy is a full week packed with practical activities, lectures and animal encounters; giving you a range of exciting new skills (perfect for adding to your CV)! The maximum intake for each course is 12 students, ensuring a much more personal experience, giving you the chance to get up close and hands on with some species in our collection.
From the noisy otters to the nosey raccoon dogs, you will then be given a choice of your final visit. You could meet Chibcha our stunning jaguar or Tito & Bar our beautiful twin cheetah with attitude.
There is a fixed start time of 3pm and a minimum age of 8 years old. There will be photo opportunities as you take a seat and scatter feed the markets their bugs.
This experience has a fixed start time of 2pm and the minimum age for participants is 8 years. Demand is high and places are strictly limited, so you’re advised to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
There is a fixed start time of 4pm in summer and 3.30pm in winter and a minimum age of 8 years old. This experience has a fixed start time of 3.30pm and the minimum age for participants is 6 years.
During your course you will be given exclusive behind the scenes access to several animal enclosures, including some of our big cats, enabling you to get closer than any other zoo visitor, interacting and capturing images that no one else can. Whether you have a smartphone and no experience in photography or are a professional wanting to capture that elusive great shot, our course has something for you.
Our beautiful array of animals offers a great opportunity to capture stunning images and with our in-house photographer on hand to offer training, advice and insider secrets, you are sure to get some incredible pictures to take home. The cost is £175.00 per person including a welcome drink, all course materials and lunch in our Jaguar Restaurant.
At the end of the course you will receive a certificate and have the rest of the day to practice what you have been learning in the morning. Attendees can choose whichever subsequent dates best suit their requirement providing space is available.
Attendees are advised to bring protection for their camera in case of a rain shower. Dartmoor Zoo can accept no liability for loss or damage to personal belongings including camera equipment whilst on site.
Attendees are advised to wear walking boots or other appropriate outdoor shoes. Cancellations under five (5) working days’ notice from the Experience date will be charged in full and no refund will be issued.
Experiences bought via outside parties (e.g. Virgin) have their own refund/cancellation policies over which Dartmoor Zoo has no control. On rare occasions unforeseen circumstances may necessitate postponement of your Experience at short notice.