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“nothing to exciting”
Review of Tropiquaria Zoo

Tropiquaria Zoo
Cullompton, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“nothing to exciting”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

very little to see in poor settings but the meer cats were lovely. the inside was very sad and dated

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smudgesmate, Owner at Tropiquaria Zoo, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
"Nothing much to see" ? We have a tropical hall, an aquarium, a radio musuem giving the history of the grade 2 listed building, a puppet theatre, indoor and outdoor play facilities, including two full size replica pirate ships and a fort. 5.5 acres of grounds, the outside animals include 4 species of lemur, tapir, wallabies, mongooses, otters, agoutis, tamarins, rheas, emu, macaws, serval, Scottish wildcats, several parrots and currassows. The inside animals include caiman, several species of snakes and over 100 species of fish, several of which are extinct in the wild.

The inside of the hall is dated, it is a listed building from 1933, we are NOT allowed to modernise it. Whether the building is sad or not is sadly beyond my abilities to understand.
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Taunton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fun day out!”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Visited this zoo yesterday with our 2 Grandchildren aged 3 and 5. They absolutely loved it. We spent 4-5 hours here and I think if they weren't exhausted we could have stayed longer. There was a good mix of activities. Obviously lots of animals, several play areas including 2 pirate ships and we also saw a puppet show. The highlight was probably the hands on session with the animals which included snakes and lizards. Staff are very patient with the children and also very knowledgeable. Definitely worth a visit!

Visited September 2012
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Taunton, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good day out”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

I really like going to Tropiquaria. the puppet show is my favorite thing to do. I like seeing the animals though there's not a huge variety.
There are lots of insects and handling activities and a pirate ship in the sand.

Overall a very good day out

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2 Thank Sophie F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Poor”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Visited tropiquaria with high hopes and left feeling a bit disheartened. Although the animals are lovely they are all very dosile, and in very small encloseres. The otter pool looks discusting, and a plastic crate has been "put/left" there. Carboard boxes in other enclosures. There is also a old discarded takeaway cup in the meerkats, which has obviously been left there a while.
The staff seem very informative it's just a shame how the animals are kept. I realise we are in a recession and animals have been re-homed but the general upkeep of the enclosures is no excuse. Degree students or not.
There is plenty for children to do!

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smudgesmate, Owner at Tropiquaria Zoo, responded to this review, August 8, 2012
Had this young lady raised the issues at the time the following would have been pointed out.
1. The plastic crate in the otter enclosure is the entrance to the water circulation system. It is to prevent the otters from entering the system and almost certainly dying.
2.Boxes in cages. We often give some of our more active animals food in boxes to make them work for it - it is called environmental enrichment, and much can be seen about it on the internet.
3. Paper cup in meerkat enclosure - we have a regular problem with visitors deliberately dropping litter in cages. Visitors have been excluded for it and will be in future. I dispute that it would have been there for in excess of 4 hours.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great day Out”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

We have been to Tropiquaria a few times now over succesive years and althoug the kids are older now, they still like going back to see the animals again and again. Usually we go twice in our week away as you get in cheaper the second time you go back and it's really good value but we didn't have time this year or we'd have done the same again.
There are things for younger children to do, and seeing the animals up close is a real bonus and you learn all about them. Our favourite is Indra the tapir.
It has seen better days but I suppose that there isn't a lot of money around to keep on top of all the maintenance that might need taking care of. The animals are its priority and they get good care which is the main thing. It's a place which has a strange charm of its own and it's not for people who are only interested in flash new theme type places - go and have a look and you will have a pleasant surprise. We like to support this place as it's great!

Visited July 2012
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