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Shaldon Wildlife Trust

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Address: Ness Drive, Shaldon TQ14 0HP, England
Phone Number: +44 1626 872234
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Description: The small zoo making a big difference! Set in an acre of woodland garden...
The small zoo making a big difference! Set in an acre of woodland garden above the attractive coastal village of Shaldon, we look after, and help preserve, some of the rarest and most endangered animals in the world.
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A gentle little zoo with encounter opportunities. Meerkats most popular!

Easily accessible by both bus and car, with ample parking within a few metres. There are special events, where visitors can spend a day with a Keeper or junior Keeper: there is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
zojaexa
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Torquay, Devon, UK
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Visited here with my son who is one in a pushchair. Was told that could get round ok with a pushchair and there was only a couple of steps. In reality there are quite a few steps and the gravel paths make pushing your pushchair very tricky! Most of the animals were sleeping so I would recommend visiting at feeding... More 

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ShaldonZoo, Manager at Shaldon Wildlife Trust, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we would like to extend our apologies that you did not enjoy your visit as much as you had hoped. We are faced with some tricky terrain in the older parts of the zoo, and although we try to make as much of the site accessible to prams and wheel chairs we very much... More 

Torquay, Devon, UK
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Easily accessible by both bus and car, with ample parking within a few metres. There are special events, where visitors can spend a day with a Keeper or junior Keeper: there is an additional cost for this activity but at the end of a day ( 10 am to 3.30pm), there is a certificate and photo presentation. All Junior Keepers... More 

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ShaldonZoo, Manager at Shaldon Wildlife Trust, responded to this review

Wow thank you for such a lovely review and we are very pleased you had such a good day! Details of all of our experiences and encounters can be found on our website, or by giving us a call. As you point out, we cater for ages 8 and up, and all bookings are on an exclusive basis meaning you... More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We were really looking forward to going here as have been meaning to for a while but was left quite dissapointed. We expected a lot more for the money and not very pram friendly for little ones. The staff were all very nice though

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ShaldonZoo, Manager at Shaldon Wildlife Trust, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and I must extend our apologies for any difficulties experienced with your pram. Our site is built into quite a steep cliff area and parts of the terrain are indeed not ideal for wheels. Our staff and volunteers are always on hand to help, and we are also more than happy to guard... More 

Swindon
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249 reviews 249 reviews
76 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We visited on a chilly January Saturday and were a little disappointed that a number of the animals were keeping warm in their hides and enclosures. Although we saw some, it would have been nice to see a few more. However we enjoyed what we did see and we know from previous visits that on slightly warmer days, there are... More 

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ShaldonZoo, Manager at Shaldon Wildlife Trust, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. It's such a shame that you didn't get to see as many of the animals as you have done previously. You are absolutely right that they do tend to favour their indoor spaces when it's extra cold! All of our animals have free access to both indoor and outdoor areas, so we fully... More 

Honiton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
37 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

A fantastic small zoo located in the coastal village of Shaldon in south Devon. There are always lots of species of animals to see at this zoo, including various primates, meerkats, macaws, nocturnal species, agoutis and many other animals. Highlights of last visit were seeing the baby pied tamarins and the tiny baby pygmy marmoset.

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ShaldonZoo, Manager at Shaldon Wildlife Trust, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review! As a regular visitor you'll see that our pied tamarins are growing up very fast. We'll see you soon :) More 

torquay
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85 reviews 85 reviews
44 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

a lovely little zoo with endangered species of well cute animals....all in natural habitat and look happy playing and grooming each other..meerkats are sooo nosey..staff helpful and polite...gift shop nice and reasonable prices

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ShaldonZoo, Manager at Shaldon Wildlife Trust, responded to this review

Thank you for such a lovely review! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and are pleased that you enjoyed the natural habitats. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

So Flora aged 8 helped to feed the Meercats, 6 bundles of fur all over her and pulling the bowl from her hands just like at home when her sister was a todler! Then on to the Ring Tail Lemurs with one eating from her shoulder all under expert and careful supervision. Back to the kitchen help with more animal... More 

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 via mobile

I visited Shaldon Wildlife Trust this weekend with my son and my Mum. Despite having lived nearby for well over a decade, I'd not thought to visit before. Although really quite small, which I did expect, I was extremely impressed with the good sizes of the animal enclosures, and the general set up of the place. The intimate feel to... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is a small zoo nestled amongst the hillside of Shaldon. Although not easily found, park in the first car park on your right as you go down the hill and the entrance is just beside this car park. My mum uses a walker to aid walking and, although a little hilly in parts, the staff were more than happy... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
7 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Although the Trust is small, the ability to see the animals is good .The work that is done for conservation of both creature & environmental sustainability is vital & there is lots of information available to help visitors. Anyone who watched the recent BBC series "The Zoo" will recognise a cage with "Mortimers" (spider monkeys). There are schemes to become... More 

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