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“a nice morning, the penguin pool was a bit green though”
Review of Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Atherstone
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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
Leicester, United Kingdom
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“a nice morning, the penguin pool was a bit green though”
Reviewed October 2, 2011

taking advantage of the Indian summer we headed to Twycross zoo this morning, we arrived at 10 am and were directed to a parking spot with just a short walk to the enterance.

Today there were some stalls set up a small farmers market with local chese, meat, and pies etc

the enterance takes you into a large space with a gift shop and a food hall with lots of seats that look out onto the snow leapod enclosure, although we havent spotted them on any of our recent visits to the cafe.

the cafe tends to close fairly early so if you are coming just for a bite to eat, come before 3pm.

enterance to the zoo through the ticket booths was £30 for me my husband and toddler, and you could spend a lot more time at the zoo than we did.

twycross zoo is the home to the pgtips monkeys and so there are many different monkeys at the zoo, from tiny to giant!

we made our way around the bird section, seeing penguins though the water was green, flamingos, herons and many others, then we saw the elephants and girraffes before letting our daughter play on a small train on some open grass, which she enjoyed a lot

we then took a ride through the aviery on the small kiddie train which was good fun and had a ride on a wagon and horse merrygoround, we then had a small pizza at the Ant cafe, which was okay, and seemed to be handmade, a little greasy as cheddar not mozzerella but tasty all the same £2.99 and a coffee for my hubby.

we had a look round the farm animals and saw the meercats, and their tiny babies standing to attention.

there is much more to see, we were on limited time, but would recommend on a sunny day for families of all ages. take a pinic theres plenty of places to stop :)

Visited October 2011
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“So many monkeys!”
Reviewed October 2, 2011

My husband and I went to the zoo for the day...being the big kids that we are! There is plenty to see and lots of play areas for kids. There are loads of different types of monkeys which is great because they are facinating to watch - particularly the baby ones!
Would recommend the zoo for all ages its a really interesting day out.

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Twycr0ssZ00, Commercial Director at Twycross Zoo, responded to this review, October 11, 2011
We are really pleased you enjoyed your visit to Twycross Zoo and liked our extensive range of primates.

Thanks for recommending us.
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“Shocking!!!”
Reviewed October 1, 2011

I really wouldnt recommend it for a family with toddlers!! I went with my wife and 2 year old daughter! The paths are very heavily graveled so was difficult to push the pushchair round! Every enclosure we loomed in seemed to be just monkeys! There are 3 lil fair rides and only 1 was suitable for a 2 year old! It was a very hot day and most of the drinks and ice cream huts were closed! The animals looked very sad and poorly kept! The seals and penguins were swimming in very dirty water! Overall was very disappointed and would never go again!

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Twycr0ssZ00, Commercial Director at Twycross Zoo, responded to this review, October 3, 2011
We were very disappointed to hear you did not have a great day out during your recent visit to Twycross Zoo.

The majority of the paths around the zoo are gravel based; these are being addressed as we undertake other developments. To resurface these would be a costly and disruptive process so it is important it is done in stages as part of the other works taking place around the site.

Twycross Zoo houses over 200 different species and whilst we are the World Primate Centre we also house a large variety of other animals including elephants, giraffes, meerkats and snow leopards, to name just a few.

Our catering outlets are operated based on visitor numbers. During the recent hot weather we have had six of our outlets open selling both drinks and ice creams.

The welfare of our animals is of the utmost importance to us and we can assure you that they are all well looked after and cared for.

We would be more than happy to discuss your visit with you further if you would like to email us at information@twycrosszoo.org.
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“Lovely relaxed day out”
Reviewed September 23, 2011

Used the Play, Stay and Explore promotion and had a lovely day out at Twycross Zoo with my husband and 4yr old daughter. We didnt think we would be there for more than a couple of hours, but managed to spend the day there.

I think its wonderful to see a large selection of primates, especially so many babies! Whilst there are some great new exhibits, some look very dated like the seal lion enclosure.

It was nice surprise to find that the childrens rides were not charged for. I think I enjoyed the train ride more than my daughter!

Couple of negative points - not enough signage on the exhibits. We would love to know more about the animals and this was really noticeable.
Only got a glimpse of the snow leopards when we were leaving (and we kept popping back through the day) some plasma screens showing a live webcam view in their indoor cage would be a great idea.

We thought the zoo had a lovely vibe and found it much more relaxing than other zoos we have visited.

We will be back! Thank you.

Visited September 2011
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Twycr0ssZ00, Commercial Director at Twycross Zoo, responded to this review, October 11, 2011
We were so pleased to hear you enjoyed your day at Twycross Zoo and chose to visit us as part of the Stay, Play, Explore scheme.

We are aware that some of our enclosures are in need of updating and as you can see from the many new developments around the site we are working hard to carry this out and have lots more exciting new developments in the pipeline.
Signage is something we are also working on and we hope to have new informative enclosure signage in place very soon.

Snow leopards are known to be quite an elusive species, but can be seen in their outdoor enclosure most days. We have screens linking up to webcams in their off show area on the left hand side wall by the entrance doors to Himalaya, giving visitors the best possible chance of seeing them.
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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“Really enjoyable day out at this lovely little zoo.”
Reviewed September 20, 2011

Great zoo. Plenty to see. Great facilities. A most enjoyable day out .

Visited August 2011
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Twycr0ssZ00, Commercial Director at Twycross Zoo, responded to this review, October 3, 2011
We were really pleased you enjoyed your day at Twycross Zoo as we aim to provide a great day out for all the family.
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