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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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Lowton, null, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Southampton
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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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 NEW

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 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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

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

Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We took our 2 years old daughter to the zoo and she was delighted. There were many animals and it was whole day attraction to us. We managed to see most of the animals, although direction signs were sometimes a bit confusing. It was a great attraction on a bit worse weather day. It was still outdoor, so the rain... More

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

A medium sized zoo - thank you! Again we would agree, yes small compared to a safari park but not so large you can not walk around easily, see all our animals and join in our talks and activities in a day! Burger and chips is unfortunately our most desirable food item ordered but we sell lots more, in particular... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

I took my 14yr old daughter today as we had seen it advertised and thought it looked a good place to visit. We live about an hour and forty five mins away so it was quite a journey! It was easy to find tho and plenty of parking in the overflow car park. The staff on entering were very helpful... More

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

Excellent , so would we and thank you for this review. We have always said if you like animals and have a little understanding then you should like here? Not everybody, as we are all different but nearly all our visitors appreciate the design, natural vegetation and close contact. More

Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I have visited a fair few zoos, wildlife parks and was absolutely blown away with Exmoor Zoo... My main reason for visiting is to photograph and just spend time with the animals... Wow do they have an amazing and diverse selection.... The setting is beautiful and a real pleasure to explore... lots of paths that take you to even more... More

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

We always intended for you to almost get lost in the zoo when you visit. lots of winding paths and different enclosures and animals to bump into as you go around! Why, well for us we think this very similar to the real and natural way of doing things! We do give you a map and we have just recently... More

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