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“Disappointing” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo
Burton Road (A444),, Atherstone CV9 3PX, England
+44 844 474 1777
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Owner description: Twycross Zoo is renowned as a specialist primate zoo and has a wide variety of monkeys and apes including the UK's only group of bonobos. We have breeding groups of many endangered primate species so we often have babies and toddlers playing around in our orang utan and bonobo groups, and in many of our monkey groups. Set in more than 80-acres, we have around 900 animals of more than 160 species to see, including many native species in the Zoo's Nature Reserve. You can walk with our ring-tailed lemurs in their new walk-through enclosure; see our giant tortoises sunbathing in their new grass area and watch our penguins take their daily walk. Our keepers present regular talks and feeds where you can learn a bit more about some of our animals such as the chimpanzees, penguins and meerkats. Twycross Zoo's award winning Education Department offers a variety of discovery opportunities for many different types of groups and parties. The Zoo holds the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, all sessions are curriculum linked and all are designed to best engage all age groups.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Derbyshire
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We've been to Twycross twice in the last 5 years with our two young sons, we enjoyed seeing the giraffes and sea lions last time, but they've gone! After our visit today, we feel very disappointed.

1. The main reason for our visit was the dinosaur exhibition. The models were quite good, but I think more imagination could have been used to make this area much more interactive and attractive for little ones.
2. Expensive entry fee, we had seen all the animals after 2 hours.
3. Even with the map we kept losing our way and had to tediously retrace our steps often.
4. The general areas, animals and enclosures looked neglected.
5. Lots of enclosures seemed empty. More effort needs to be made so that we can actually see the animals, otherwise their captivity seems pointless. The tropical house was closed.
6. Lack of signage.
7. Lack of interesting events - feeding, educational talks, meet the animals, interactive areas.
8. Wasps made our lunch a disaster. There was a cloud of wasps around every bin. Why not have closed bins? Put out some wasp traps, and look for the nests.

More care and attention need to be given to the animals and their environment. We recently went to Newquay zoo and weren't expecting too much because of its small size, but it was a beautifully maintained and well-thought out zoo, with a lot of staff looking after the animals and giving us interesting information. Twycross could learn a lot from it.

Visited August 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Nice Snow Leopard enclosure.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Lets start with the most relevant point: The Snow Leopard cubs. Their enclosure is on display for free in the cafe before you enter the actual zoo. A huge glass wall spanning the entire enclosure so you can sit comfortably. They are nocturnal animals which is often unknown so the best time to see them is usually later (around 4pm and onwards according to a keeper) and this bank holiday weekend they're open until 9pm so the perfect opportunity really. They are also on camera so they can be seen when not on actual view. There's a wooden shed-like sturcture just before the entrance but this was shut when i was there.

As for the zoo itself, it is "The World Primate Centre" which is more of an accurate description than zoo. A massive variety of primate species including Gorillas and Bonobos (both with babies right now). They have Asian Elephants but do lack the more traditional zoo species such as Giraffes, Lions and Tigers and there are a few empty enclosures at the moment.

As mentioned by others there are a lot of wasps around the picnic area in the summer, and the main cafe was pretty expensive and didnt have a lot of selection.

Visited August 2013
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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“Disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

I visited Twycross Zoo with my mom and niece who is twelve. We had spent nearly three hours getting there after being stuck in the traffic jam on the M6. Late arriving I wondered whether we would have time seeing everything. Apart from the elephants and seeing some the new arrivals it was disappointing. I agree with others that they need to pull their socks up. Wasps were everywhere could eat or drink outside at all. We saw a rat quite happily running between enclosures. Otters hunting in their empty pool for scraps of fish. There didn't seem to be any staff around part from in the cafes and kiosks. I heard one member of staff in the cafe complaining about things breaking down. Quite a few changes in the shop, entrance and around the elephant enclosure were good. No sign of the snow leopards.
Not value for money.

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“A good zoo ruined by empty pens and loss of the old favourites”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

I came to this zoo just before the owners changed and it was brilliant as it always was all the pens with animals in. But that was not the case this time there were many pens that were empty and the main parts (original) parts of the zoo looked very messy and uncared for. Pens were very overgrown so you couldn't see many animals. It seems to me that they are spending money on building new enclosures but leaving the old ones empty. I was very disappointed to find out that they no longer had any of the Zoo classics like lions, giraffes,seals, otters and not as bigger range of monkeys as before. However the newer parts of the zoo look much fresher and rather nice let down by the the rest of the zoo looking uncared for and unfinished.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Ok, but has a wasp problem”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Went for the first time today. Other members of the party had been, but my first time.

Entrance fee, reasonable but not a full day attraction, we'd seen all the animals and had lunch in half a day.

Animals seemed happy enough to me, but I thought some of the enclosures could have been higher. Park was tidy and clean and overall an OK day

Wasps - every bin has around 20 wasps around it... And there are a lot of bins. I spent a good part of the day avoiding them and saw many others doing them same.

Visited August 2013
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