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“Great small zoo”
Review of Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo
Ranked #20 of 64 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.
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Loved this zoo, animals all look healthy and happy. Visited on a cold sunday morning and almost had the place to ourselves, although it is a small zoo we spent a very happy 4 hours there. Zoo resturant had a good variety of hot and cold food and the staff were very friendly.

Thank Dorothy O
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

This has to be one of the worst examples of a zoo in the UK. It is tired, run down and the enclosures are tiny! I have never seen animals that look so depressed....all of them! Avoid this zoo! It needs shutting down or some serious financial investment and fast!

1  Thank LC861
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George B, Public Relations Manager at Newquay Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2013

Thank you very much for your visit to Newquay Zoo. With your visit you support our conservation projects worldwide as well as our work at the Zoo. We are sorry you felt that the quality of our exhibits was not to standard, but we can assure you that we not only adhere to, but are highly regarded by the zoo's monitoring body for animal welfare.

On your visit, you may have noticed that we are building a brand new food room for our animals. We are also creating a new Macaw Flight Aviary due to open next year.

We can assure you that we are always on the move to introduce new and exciting exhibitions. Many thanks for your feedback and we hope you will continue to enjoy and contribute to our extensive conservation work around the world.

Kind regards

The team at Newquay Zoo

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Reviewed November 19, 2013

Luckily I visited off peak and so the parking was free. I spent a good 2/3 hours exploring this wonderful zoo. There's lots to see and I was particularly touched by the tropical house where the exquisite birds fly freely to present the idea of how it would've been for Wallace during his explorations. Feeding the penguins was a wonderful experience and the keepers are so knowledgeable. Warmly welcomed at reception and all the staff were friendly. The animals are clearly well looked after. A smaller more compact zoo but still just as good and thoroughly enjoyed the experience!!! Thank you.

1  Thank Amber_L1J2
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

we sponsored an animal in memory of my dad ,we went to visit the plaque and it was lovely to see ,we received a photo of the animal and information and a free pass to visit the plaque ,we had a lovely day remembering my dad ,we fed the warty pigs along with a commentary about these endangered pigs and learnt a lot about them , and then went to the tropical house where a keeper fed these beautiful coloured birds ,some even land on your hand and head ,all day there are different animals being fed and talks about them ,the staff are always very helpful and friendly its a lovely way to spend a day and at the same time helping preserve these endangered species,we are locals and we have a yearly pass which is great value as you can also visit paignton zoo and living coasts for free,and at living coasts the penguins wander freely around you .At newquay zoo they have a penguin called pickles he was hand reared and he loves the keepers and always tries to get their attention by the gate to come out and have a fuss .

1  Thank jane w
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

For what you pay to get park and then get in, it's very expensive. It only took us about 2 hours to look round with our 2 year old. A lot of the animals were inside and we didn't get to see them. One of the animals was pacing its cage which isn't nice to see and most of the cages are very small for the size/ number if animals that are in them. There aren't any zoos near by but I would recommend traveling further up to Paignton which has free parking and more animals.

Thank Angiecat85
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