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Exmoor Zoo

Address: South Stowford | Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple EX31 4SG, England
Phone Number: 01598 763352
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Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Barnstaple
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Winner of the Gold award for best attraction in the South-west 2012, Exmoor Zoo has become an ideal...
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Winner of the Gold award for best attraction in the South-west 2012, Exmoor Zoo has become an ideal family day out. The zoo has established a good rapport with the North Devon community and offers a very hand on experience for all its visitors.Activities run throughout the day (every half hour in summer), you get to meet a bird eating spider, hold a snake, feed wallabies (under supervision), meet some of the zoos friendly furry animals and of course go to all the talks and feeding sessions (if you can)!Home to the “Exmoor Beast” (a pair of black leopards), Puma, Cheetah, Maned wolves, monkeys and lots of other unusual animals like Tamandua, Fishing cats, Tapir, Singing dogs and Binturong to just name a few! The zoo is a living place with changes all the time; no visit is ever quite the same.Useful information:• Disabled access (wheelchair provision and scooter hire)• Activities through out the day• Cafeteria• Children’s playground• Undercover picnic areas• Zoo trail.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Fantastic well maintained zoo. Great day out and good value too. Looks as though some expansion is ongoing which gives us an excuse for another visit. One minor point is road closure on the a399 so plan your journey as the diversion isn't the best.

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for the review and yes the A399 road closure has meant detours for many of our visitors - use the "sat nav" EX31 4SG for the next few days but it is due to be reopened on the 27th of February! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We read through Trip Adviser before we left home for our visit to Exmoor Zoo which led us to go. So I'm doing the same for anyone reading wondering if they should go too. Do. We had the best time. A grey Wednesday (feb 17th) in Wellies and jumpers we found the zoo with our sat nav and in we... More 

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

What can we say other than thank you! We can only say that the visit in our opinion can be completely different again depending on what time of year you visit, late spring and early summer for us are the best months! Hopefully you will get the same service whenever you come! More 

Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This zoo is always worth a visit . The variety of animals both large and small is very good for such a small attraction . It is a very friendly well run zoo . The views are also amazing .

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

It's great to have these reviews from our local visitors and interesting to note the better weather this half term has encouraged everybody up here on the western side of Exmoor. Thank you for realizing the collection of exhibits is so unique - in reality it has been a life times work for all of us! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

friendly with character, just don't expect London Zoo. Good views over the Moor. Some of the animals come up to you.

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

Winter time can be difficult for us as the animals actually miss the sights and sounds of our summer visitors as the children shout and play as they walk around! Some of our bigger animals actually hunt the smaller children especially in the early morning so winter is a good time to meet them nearer you! We would like to... More 

Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A great well run Zoo well worth supporting, great fun for children, very hands on, food at reasonable cost

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

We are inland from the coast where everybody lives and holidays but not so far that a 20 minute trip would not get you to us! Even in winter on a decent day we can offer you a good day out and we do enjoy the interaction with you. Remember the handling activities we can do undercover and we try... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We visited 12.02.15 as a family with a 5 year old and 3 year old. We found that all of the animal experiences for the children were on, even out of main half term times. There was always something to do, in fact we found ourselves dashing from one experience to the next! These experiences were worth the admission fee... More 

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

We do enjoy meeting our visitors and interacting with you all! Hopefully you may have gone home having learned something new as well? Thank you for taking a full day out with us in the colder months! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This zoo always offers a great day out in a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of exhibits to view. We visit at least once a year.

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting regularly and in particular for visiting in the colder and wet winter time! Choose a good day in winter with little wind and some outbreaks of sun and it can be a really lovely day up here on the side of the moor! More 

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

My partner and I have visited this twice now. And both times it had something new to offer. We held some of the snakes, tarantulas, met an alpaca, as well as a gold peacock. Just a brilliant day out. Keep an eye out for the sand cats.

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

New enclosures are still under construction some will be finished in time for Easter (with or without inhabitants), some may not be until summer - but we try very hard to either exhibit something new each year or provide a new and improved home for one of our existing animals. Thanks for the review. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We visited on a Thursday in January , all of the family, Aged 3- 80 years old, and we had a lovely day. The zoo was larger that it looked at first, with really interesting animals. Some of the creatures we had never seen before! The enclosures were large and natural looking, usually zoos leave me feeling sorry for the... More 

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

Our Exmoor Beast "Zoysa" can be a very playful cat not the least because he was hand reared as a kitten. Looks can be deceiving though! He might have been hand reared and want to play with our visitors but you need to remember a leopard is easily capable of killing and dragging a 45 kg antelope into the top... More 

Exeter, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I've been to Exmoor Zoo twice now, once for a general visit and once for a Keeper for a Day experience. I have been to an awful lot of zoo's and wildlife parks in the southwest and internationally and by far found Exmoor to be the best. First of all, my general visit and opinion! The zoo is laid out... More 

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

Wow, thank you - especially as you visited and did the Keeper for day experience in winter! We will share your review with everyone who works here. It is good when somebody understands some of what we have achieved and set out to do! More 

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