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“Left feeling a bit sad”
Review of Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo
Ranked #9 of 61 things to do in Newquay
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Set in lush sub-tropical gardens, Newquay Zoo is home to more than 1,000 of the world's rare and exciting creatures. Just a short walk from Newquay's town centre and world famous surfing beaches, the Zoo is both one of Cornwall's most exciting visitor attractions and a leading conservation charity. It's the only place in Cornwall where you can see lions devour their lunch before taking a leisurely stroll through a tropical rainforest, surrounded by free flying birds. Keeper talks and animal feeds take place throughout the day but if you fancy an even closer animal encounter we offer visitors the chance to meet and feed our cheeky lemurs, friendly penguins and impossibly cute meerkats! See wildebeest, waterbuck, nyala antelope and zebra roaming in our African Savannah and enjoy some familiar faces in The Village Farm - one of our most popular exhibits which includes many children's favourites such as pot-bellied pigs, African pygmy goats, turkeys and striped squirrels. And if all that isn't enough to keep the kids amused, we also have activity trails, face painting, a children's play area, dragon maze...and much more. Besides enjoying a great family day out, when you visit Newquay Zoo you'll also be supporting our vital education, research and conservation work, all designed to protect endangered animals from extinction. We're playing a key role in the international effort to save animals through conservation breeding.
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Left feeling a bit sad”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

I have to agree with previous reviews regarding the animals, it seemed quite cruel and a lot of the animals that we saw looked quite unhappy. We've been here a few years ago and also visit Bristol Zoo occasionally and I don't feel you can compare the two. Newquay Zoo to me looked a bit run down, the outdoor picnic area was dirty and there was a feeling of tiredness about the whole place. The lion enclosure was very small and they looked utterly miserable. We felt sad leaving here and very sorry for the animals.

Visited September 2011
6 Thank WalesSam
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st austell
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“small and half the animals are always missing”
Reviewed December 12, 2011

we came here to see the lions only to find them in hiding the zoo is really small, more like an animal collection than a proper zoo, expensive for whats on offer wont be going again

Visited November 2011
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“Great day out”
Reviewed November 21, 2011

Lovely zoo, clean, spacious. Plenty for the children to see and do. Lots of picnic tables or a lovely cafe to sit in.

Visited October 2011
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“A perfect day out for families and those young at heart”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

Newquay Zoo is without a doubt one of the best attractions Newquay has to offer. Although small compared to many zoo's within the UK, it offers more than enough things to both do and see alongside the obligatory gift shop selling a fantastic range of items from cuddly toys to household ornaments & friendly, more than helpful staff to answer all your questions.

The zoo provides regular talks on the animals and also allows the opportunity to feed them, even having your child become a 'zookeeper for a day' which is bound to surprise and delight almost every child.

The attraction, of course, also offers fantastic opportunities to become involved with the caring for animals as well as charitable conservation, so you really feel as though you are doing a good deed just by paying for a ticket here.

At excellent value for money and the opportunity to return again within a week for less than half the price (ideal for those rainy days), the zoo has a fantastic, family friendly atmosphere and you are sure to leave feeling satisfied and wishing to return again.

2 Thank ElizaaK
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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“a good day out for couples and families and don't miss the meerkats”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

the zoo itself is fab but come on guys the parking should be free but instead it is extortionate

Visited October 2011
1 Thank debsg3
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