Average time spent – 3-4+ hours.
Things to do at Exmoor Zoo review
Exmoor Zoo is a hidden gem, situated in a valley in the North Devon countryside, it is much bigger than you would expect. The main part of the zoo is set on a gentle hillside and is easily accessible and works it’s way down the hillside into a steeper open valley. All the paths are fine for able walkers, although some are quite steep and may not be easy to negotiate for wheelchairs or buggies.
When you arrive it’s a good idea to check the daily schedule and map and have a look at what you would like to see and take part in. Activities take place approximately every half an hour in different areas of the park. It’s well worth seeing several of these : the Encounter zone talks are our favourite because you can get really close to some weird and wonderful creatures and even touch or hold them.
Look out for chalkboards around the park displaying extra activities and animal feeding times. Feeding encounters take place throughout the day and visitors can get to see the animals which come out for their food.
Exmoor Zoo is very focussed on conservation and has lots of information about endangered animals around the park. There are unusual animals here which you are unlikely to see anywhere else such as tapirs, singing dogs, scarlet ibis, tayra and our favourites, the sand cats. There are more well known creatures here too like reindeer, wolves, lemurs, cheetahs, alpacas and meerkats. You mustn’t leave without a visit to the Exmoor Beast!
There is a large well-equipped play park so the kids can run off some energy. The zoo has a large bird population. It has specially built enclosures for the rare and larger ones. You can see ducks and pelicans swimming on the lake or you might bump into peacocks roaming around the park.
Covid 19: Due to current restrictions not everything will be open, or it may be open differently to normal, at the attraction that you are visiting. Please consult their social media accounts, give them a call or visit their website if you can’t find the information you are looking for.
Important Information Exmoor Zoo
Eating – There is a cafe on-site serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic and they even have a covered area where you can eat it.
Facilities in brief – Zoo with lots of different kinds of animals including many unusual animals. There is an outdoor play area and lots of encounters and talks throughout the day. There are toilets and a cafe. Experiences are available.
Entry price – *Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. It is cheaper to prebook your tickets online. An adult ticket without donation is £13.75 and £10.30 for a child. Other pricing options are available.
Opening: Exmoor Zoo is open for most of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? Only assistance dogs are permitted
Address: Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple EX31 4SG, Devon. Phone: 01598 763352
Author: Helen Purrington
Category – Zoo – Mostly Outdoors – suitable for most ages.
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