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Exmoor Zoo

South Stowford | Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple EX31 4SG, England
01598 763352
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Ranked #1 of 16 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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Dorset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Several zoos run this activity day but I'm glad I chose Exmoor zoo. The day was well organised and allowed me a good insight to the hard work of keepers. There as a good balance between hard work, cleaning enclosures, washing windows and refreshing food and water, and hands on interaction (under supervision) with some of the animals. The staff... More

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Such a wonderful place to visit. We arrived to find that there were only about 5-6 cars actually there. We were in time to attend the talk on Alpaca. The young keeper who gave the talk was extremely knowledgeable and most friendly. We had anticipated only spending a small amount of time there but we ended up spending an entire... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We always visit when we come to Martinhoe on holiday and think it is a wonderful zoo and the staff make it a perfect place to visit for a day out. They are so kind and friendly. We love everything about it - especially being able to get up close to some of the animals.

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We were totally amazed by the range of animals at this zoo. All kept in good enclosures and in good condition. Particularly good range if cats that we had not seen before. Great encounter options for children from feeding to petting. Easy to see in a day with a 4 and 6 year old. A good restaurant offering healthy choices... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

There were only 2 of us (adults!!!!), and we had a great time visiting the zoo. There was different short talks throughout the day, all of which were interesting and informative. Some you could handle the animals etc. I am not a huge fan of spiders, however, I did hold a taranchula (twice!) during one of the talks. Its not... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Very interesting collection of animals, many of which are not seen elsewhere. Like most zoos nowadays, they concentrate on preservation etc. Our only criticism was with the signs. Although they are informative, whoever wrote them needs to learn how and when to use commas. Also, to learn the difference between ' loan' and ' lone'/ ' accept' and 'except'! And... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Had a great time here. The kids loved it as it was small enough to be fun without being over developed and commercial. Nice play area for the kids too. Few issues with paying by card due to phone lines, but hardly a big issue (as others have made out!). Really enjoyed it. Was nice and quiet too as out... More

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

We do not get lots of visitors out of summer as we are really a holiday destination zoo (there are no big urban areas in North Devon) so off peak with good weather we are always a tranquil spot to visit. Glad we did not upset your day with the telephone card payments and its always nice to hear that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

Went on holiday to Devon for a few days and decided to go to Exmoor zoo. Me and my boyfriend were pleasantly surprised. It was a really good day out the zoo was very informative of its animals I also felt the encloses had a lot more to offer the animals than a lot of other zoos. Got to feed... More

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

We try very hard to put the animals first, give them a chance to relax and enjoy their life and tempt them onto view for you - after all it is their home you are looking into! Glad you enjoyed meeting our hand reared mob of wallabies - good fun whatever the weather!. Thanks for the review. More

Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is a smaller Zoo than some, but very well laid out, with some unusual aminals that I havent seen before. Nice cafe with good well cooked food

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

Size is relative, we do have quite a few animals within the zoo! Actually you often have to walk around two or three times to see them all depending on what they are doing! Glad you enjoyed meeting some of our unusual inhabitants. Thanks for your review. More

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Visited Exmoor Zoo very recently. Was not impressed at all. First things first. Upon entry my partner and I arrived at a reasonable time and went to pay our fee...only to be told "the digger cut through the phone line so we cannot take a card payment, only cash". Oh right. Slightly bewildered we were told to go and have... More

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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review

Oh dear, what a story full of anticipation, frustration, critique and opinions! I suspect if like the other two couples who arrived at the same time as you that the offer of a free cup of tea and a wait of less than ten minutes (while we ran a temporary extension from another telephone line on site) that you may... More

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