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“Nice to learn about native British wildlife & see animals close-up”

New Forest Wildlife Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Ashurst
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Enjoy the amazing animals at this beautiful park, in the leafy New Forest, with its fabulous adventure playgrounds. Follow the woodland trails to see wallaby, European bison, wolves, wild boar, Scottish wildcats, lynx, foxes, pine marten, polecats, owls and ferrets. Meet the friendly deer and say hi to the playful otters, including the endangered giant otter. Feeding sessions, keeper talks and special events year round. Amazing playgrounds for under 6's and from 6yrs to 86yrs!!!
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Really nice to see and learn about some of the wildlife native to Britain including the Pine Martens, Scottish Wildcat and the Lynx (I hadn't realised they were once native to Britain and that there is a plan to re-introduce them, very interesting!) Otherwise, seeing the different species of otters at such close proximity was wonderful and this Park seems to achieve a sense of being as un-zoo-like as possible with all animals given a degree of freedom and space, giving the feeling that you see the true character of the different animals better than you might otherwise in some other zoos. The butterfly house is wonderful and some of the butterflies are just amazing. Only one tiny comment would be that the cafe could be a bit nicer / fresher although the food itself was fine for what it was.....nice day out overall and worth the visit

1  Thank Esquila
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

it has been a long time since my 1st visit here but it was still a great way to spend the afternoon looking at the animals- field mice as cute as ever, a new butterfly enclosure, walking amongst some very friendly deer, the hungry otters were great at feeding time and a fab new adventure park for the kids to burn off some spare energy. A little bit disappointing that we didn't get to see the wolves but thats the way it goes sometimes. The kids had a great time and loved it.

1  Thank Nicola G
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

What used to be the Otter and Owl Sanctuary is a great day out for kids. The day tickets are a reasonable price but if you are local then get season ticket as we have ( family ticket approx £80 for the year), as you can go a couple of times a month after school or weekends and get your money back. The wooden climbing apparatus and park is amazing and my daughter loves the zip wire. The animals are fascinating especially the deer up close. The otters are hilarious in their outside pens especially at meal times. All in all well worth the money - cafe great with nice foods on offer

1  Thank beenthereHampshireUK
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Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

Some interesting bits but mostly it was just ok. And quite expensive to get in. The butterflies were the best part of the trip-amazing colours & varieties & easy to see. It's great that they're doing their bit to conserve these wild animals but we weren't wowed by our visit.

1  Thank Sophia281010
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Been here a few times now and have enjoyed each visit. The success of your visit here will depend on how much time you have to spend watching the animals, as they always do something different. I heard another visitor moaning that it was boring and I could see it would be if you don't have an interest in animals, in which case why would you visit at all? The otters are adorable and seeing owls so close up is really special, but it is not just the animals that makes this place unique. The landscaping of the route through the park is so peaceful and relaxing, you forget you're in England for a while. Particularly when you see the bison and the pack of wolves! Lovely place and lovely staff. Will come again soon!

1  Thank sallyjoanne40
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