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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 13 Activities 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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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

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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Cwmbran
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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is a most wonderful place to wander round and enjoy respected animals housed in an environment that's as near as dammit to their natural habitat. Most of the animals were bred in captivity, so don't fret that they've been taken from the wild- they haven't. Our favourite animals were the BigCats - we loved the ferocious tiny leopard cat,... More 

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! Our signs do change over time and with different exhibits but we have found that it helps the understanding of our visitors if we explain about things like smell and the choice of habitat for the different animals that we exhibit from around our world. Visit again when we have some of our intended new... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Quiet a small zoo but with an unusual collection of animals, some of never heard of our seem before. It's very interactive, within 30 minutes of arrival is stroked a stick insect and Cockroach, held a bird eating spider and fed a wallaby! Cheeter feeding was treś cute. They make w weird noises! Will defo go again.

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

If you enjoyed your visit in the heart of winter then undoubtedly you will love the zoo in the summer as it is another "world" when the warmth enables all the lush vegetation to grow! The interactive encounters are running more often in the summer as well (every 30 minutes between 11.00am and 4.30pm). More 

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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

My partner and i had so much fun visiting the park. We love visiting zoos all round england. Lovely clean and tidy park. Very helpfull and friendly staff. Deffinatly would visit again!

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

Glad you liked us! Each year we improve and slowly but surely we overcome all the problems that the weather and the environment throws at us! Good to see you appreciated this and were able to enjoy interacting with our keepers. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Nice place to visit with small children but very little to do if it's raining. It is over priced when you compare the price of Paignton Zoo where you see a lot more for your money.

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

Well thanks for the review especially as it was December in the bad weather when you visited. A shame really as you are the first person for nearly 7 years to consider us over priced - I suppose we can understand. We charged you a winter rate of £10.00 (Paignton zoo charges £15.95) and if you were unable to see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

One of our favourite zoos. It's local and offers a more personal experience. We love the tree porcupines and have not seen them elsewhere. The big cat enclosure is really great for getting up and close. A fab day especially for younger families.

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you guys for your review. We are one of 3 Zoos in the UK with tree porcupines, the only zoo with Tayra, palm nut vultures, singing dogs, a pair of black leopards, bald and buffy necked ibis, Philippine leopard cats and golden cats, one of two zoos holding yellow throated marten, wonga pigeons, sand cats, Abyssinian ground hornbills, potoroos... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Layout a bit higgledy piggledy. Liked seeing animals both outside and inside. Not a very big enclosure for black panther.

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

Very different to your local Marwell wildlife Park - deliberately so! "Muddley" yet a clear and concise map is given on entrance, a zoo trail numbered in sequence is provided and good clean new information location boards are up and around the whole zoo. You are supposed to explore, get lost a little, find your way around and enjoy exploring... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This would be better characterised as an animal park rather than a zoo. No elephants giraffes etc but a fair sample of animals appropriate for a toddlers amusement and attention span.

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

Umm okay, opinion is yours and okay but we are a zoo under UK licensing law and do not pretend to be a park as by definition this means big open enclosures in an open environment. Winter removes the intimacy as deciduous native shrubs and trees reduce to their bare branches and perennials withdraw into root stock and for us... More 

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