My partner & I visited a couple of days ago on our way home from a long weekend break in The New Forest.
If you are looking for a flashy gimmicky zoo full of large exotic animals then this isn't the place for you. If however you want to see happy animals in natural enclosures then it's well worth a visit.
The New Forest Wildlife Park is set in beautiful surroundings and the owners have used the natural landscape to create wonderful enclosures for their collection of animals.
It doesn't take long to follow the route around the park which takes you past various species of otter (the giant otters are just awesome & we could have watched them for hours), owls, deer (they follow you around part of the park, inquisitively searching your pockets for any snacks you may be carrying), wolves, lynx, bison, wallabies, badgers, foxes to name but a few. The only animals we didn't see were ferrets & pine martens (they were probably snoozing).
We walked round once, then had coffee & cake in the lovely restaurant before walking round again.
There are plenty of picnic areas & adventure playgrounds for kids of all ages. Everywhere was spotless & well maintained.
It's not that cheap to get in but speaking from experience I appreciate how much it costs to run these places & care for the animals. We had a lovely time so it was well worth it!
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