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“Fantastic day out”

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 August 5, 2013

My boyfriend and I visited last August for my birthday and had an amazing time! I would thoroughly recommend a visit.

There is a large selection of animals which are native to the UK and others which once lived here. It feels like a very natural environment as most of the enclosures are canopied by trees. It feels less like a caged, concrete, convenience zoo/wildlife park which you typically find.

I was mesmerized by the otters, roaming deer and wolves. Other reviewers on this website have criticized the park as they have not seen all of the animals. The enclosures are large to provide a healthy environment for the animals and consideration needs to be taken as to what time of day they are feed and whether they are nocturnal or not. The times for feeds/talks are shown in the glasshouse which meant we got to see the usually quite secretive wolves! We unfortunately missed seeing the beautiful lynx but this is because we arrived too late in the day so not a criticism of the staff/park. At the end of the day the staff are not going to parade the animals on leashes.....rant over :)

2  Thank Rachel2717
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Myself and my 13 year old son went here today. Admission was about £18 for the two of us which I didn't think was to bad. first thing that's greets you are some owls.They have a great Varity of owls dotted about the park. The butterfly house was good and also had a great variety,They had a case full of pupas which was interesting to see as many were at deferent stages, They have a great deal of otters which are the most fascinating creatures and were a great pleasure to watch.The deer enclosure was good and nice to see that the deers ran free yet also have their own area where humans were not allowed to go should they go in them .They have fallow.seek.muntjac all in the park.They also have 3 European bison which I have never seen, The other animals include boar,wild cat,lynx and even harvest mice. They do have wolfs but unfortunately we never saw any .The park is nicely spread out and each animal has information about them written about them whats just the right amount .,Unlike some zoos I have been to the animals there live there on their terms rather than just being there for the people.if they choose not to make a appearance they don't and are not forced. They have the most fantastic play areas one is for 6 and under but the main one is for over 6 and is also for adults.it was great fun being a big kid again swinging on the swing and climbing the robes like a monkey. The staff at the park can be hit and miss. we were stood by the deer/bison enclosure and three keepers came over to feed them.quite a few people were there and they ignored every one and never talked at all despite people being just feet away, they just seemed happy to talk amongst there self.. on the flip side of that we got to the park quite early and it was quiet and we saw a couple of staff who both said good morning to us which was nice.The best one though was a lady we had met just up from the deer/bison encloser who was going about her job, think she was refilling the hand gel containers and my son got chatting to her it turned out she was one of the education staff and she led groups around the park when she had school trip she was the most friendliest of all and incredibly informed of the animals. she told us of the history of the park and the bison and deer.(bear in mind she wasn't doing a group thing and was doing another job) a bit later on she saw us again and we again got chatting about the otters we were looking at.i wish I got her name as she was absolutely fantastic.I also noticed she took the time and spoke to other people. on the whole we had the most fantastic few hours here we really enjoyed it and will defiantly recommend it and go back. The park is spotless clean ,don't think its really suitable for wheelchairs as most of the flooring is either gravel or wood bark. also there is no toilets in the park its self .The only toilets they have is just before you go in to the entrance. The gift shop is standard somethings are very overpriced but there are some nic nac stuff what is good value for example a fridge magnet with a great picture of a otter is £1.25 . didn't go in the restaurant so cant comment on that. if you have kids under 14 go for it you wont regret it.and its also a great opportunity for the kids to get closer to nature.

1  Thank Sarahh672
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

What a brilliant day.
The cafe full of lovely staff, fantastic choice of cakes and hot snacks - it's like a homely kitchen!
The care that is taken of the animals and there enclosures is amazing - whilst keeping them natural! You can tell it's run by very passionate people with the animals best interests at heart. Conservation of the animals is clearly high in their agenda.
There is plenty to see, great keeper talks to really fill you in on the animals - I learnt so much!
The play areas are fantastic, a toddler one and one for older children/adults!
The butterfly house is beautiful - they fly around you and can even land on you!
Loved it!

1  Thank Guineapig12
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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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