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Exmoor Zoo

South Stowford | Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple EX31 4SG, England
01598 763352
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in Barnstaple
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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... more » 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. « less
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We visited the zoo with our children 5 and 1 and had a fantastic day. Have some unusual animals which I haven't seen before and the staff are very helpful. Also great value.

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

We try to give good value for your entrance money and remain competitive in the area! We actually want you to come back when you come to North Devon again and maybe see what changes we have done since your last visit! Thanks for your review. More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

this is a small zoo but worth a visit. There are several animals ere that you don't usually see at other zoos, we loved the porcupines. There are many staff working around & don't mind stopping what they are doing to answer questions, the ones we spoke to were knowledgeable & clearly enjoyed their work. Just an aside - my... More

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

We seldom ask for proof of disablement - usually only when it is not obvious. Sorry about that but it does happen here as admission staff have that option. Glad you liked us - especially our porcupines as there are 2 species mixed on exhibit and the tree porcupines have a 2 week old baby that hopefully you saw in... More

Shropshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

But this one is DEFINATELY an exception! From the minute we walked through the entrance to the Meerkat enclosure I was captivated. . .and I really cant explain why! Thinking back, the small scale of the 'zoo' (I understand it prefers to be called Exmoor Zoologial Park') and the interaction with the staff, both during the course of our 'walkabout'... More

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

Just starting the summer school holidays it is good to know we are doing everything to keep our visitors entertained. Glad you enjoyed us. More

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Lovely zoo! It's not massive, but there's plenty of animals to see. Lots of talks and animal encounters throughout the day. Staff were very friendly. Worth a visit if your in the area!

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

We have been trying to "sum us up" for ages and this review succinctly does just that! Thank you. More

Lowton, null, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is the second time we have been to Exmoor Zoo, but the first time was 12 years ago when Olly was 6 and Lucy only 2, so they both appreciated it much more this time. Our local zoo is Chester - huge, but very impersonal. this zoo is totally the opposite. Because it is so small you can get... More

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

A zoo in the Devon countryside in summer - what could be a better day out especially if you like animals! We try to be friendly and share our love of the creatures we look after - glad it is noticeable! Thanks for your review. More

Southampton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My wife and I visited this zoo on a hot sunny day. We got there for opening time and had a drink in the café while studying the map. Two things we noted - lots of animal feeding sessions throughout the day and the prices in the café were pretty reasonable too. We then set off and explored the site,... More

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

We try hard to give our visitors activities throughout the main day - glorious sun or in the rain! The dinnertime encounter sessions we conduct under cover in our encounter zone (shaded by mature beech in the midday and rain proof). Glad you enjoyed your visit - thank you. More

Newark, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a small but well "stocked" zoo. You can get close to the animals & there's something for everyone. Exceptionally friendly staff throughout & very geared up for kids. Definitely recommend a visit.

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

We do have lots of animals here - they are not spread out but the winding paths and dense vegetation create a lovely natural exploratory feel to the place. Good to know we are friendly and keep the kids amused - we certainly try our best! More

Burton-on-Trent
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10 reviews 10 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We visited this zoo in July whilst in Devon. Although it was cheap I didn't expect if to be quite as bad as it was. The enclosures are mediocre but not enough space for the animals really. The place was very very dirty starting off with the smelly dirty toilets that probably hadn't been cleaned in a week (not good... More

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

An opinion is an opinion! It always amazes us that so many visitors can like us (look at all the other reviews) and understand what it is all about and then another visitor can be as disappointed as this! Toilets are cleaned daily (plus), chameleons are are in good enclosures suited for the species in question, we are not cheap... More

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10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Been here so many times, love coming to see the large variety of animals. Lots of shows where you can get up close and hold some animals are great! I love the tarantulas :3 Nice little café too, shop is a bit pricey though.

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

Winter particularly just before Spring can be bitter here on the side of the Moor. Choose the right day and you can get a lovely visit but the feel for the place is so different to the summer at the time of this response. Almost "chalk and cheese" so we are more than happy with your review and glad you... More

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A must do when in the area. Even without kids a great experience. The people who work there really love what they are doing. The interaction with the animals is great for kids and adults.

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

If anybody ever asked what we do best and what makes us different to most other zoos then we would have to say the interaction between our animals and our staff at encounter sessions and feeding time schedules! We are really glad you picked up on the "love" we have for the animals and the responsibility we have for there... More

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