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“Great zoo”
Review of Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor Zoo
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Barnstaple
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Winner of the Legacy award ,Best Family Business 2017, Gold award for best attraction in the South-west 2012, Exmoor Zoo has become an ideal family day out. The zoo has established a good rapport with the North Devon community and offers a very hand on experience for all its visitors.Activities run throughout the day (every half hour in summer), you get to meet a bird eating spider, hold a snake, feed wallabies (under supervision), meet some of the zoos friendly furry animals and of course go to all the talks and feeding sessions (if you can)!Home to the “Exmoor Beast” (a pair of black leopards), Puma, Cheetah, Maned wolves, monkeys and lots of other unusual animals like Tamandua, Fishing cats, Tapir, Singing dogs and Binturong to just name a few! The zoo is a living place with changes all the time; no visit is ever quite the same.Useful information:• Disabled access (wheelchair provision and scooter hire)• Activities through out the day• Cafeteria• Children’s playground• Undercover picnic areas• Zoo trail.
Mountain Ash
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great zoo”
Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Really good zoo and a good variety of animals. Sign posting could have been better and through no fault of the owners there are only toilets at the
Entrance so be aware if you have small children who decide
They need to go there and then !

Visited August 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Best Zoo I have been too, bar none.”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is a great zoo. Family owned and staffed. The staff are bursting with enthusiasm and delighted to talk to you about the animals. Interesting and fun animal encounters throughout the day. The zoo is 'naturally' landscaped so that you don't get an impression of the size (it is as big as Bristol Zoo but much, much better!) and does not seem crowded. They have a variety of interesting animals kept it pretty good surroundings. Entrance for a family is good value as you will spend all day there. Free parking.

Visited July 2013
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“Fantastic day!”
Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

Visited with the husband, 5 yo daughter and 1 yo son. We've been to many zoos so weren't expecting anything spectacular really but were pleasantly surprised.
The zoo itself is just like the entrance, small, friendly and welcoming. Kids were given a trail consisting of clues and stamps with a certificate given at the end which my little girl loved.
The animals all looked extremely well cared for and clean.
Whereas this zoo doesn't have many of your big animals the ones it does have you feel like you really get to know via all the talks throughout the day. We don't usually do group talks and stuff as we prefer to do our own thing but we found the talks very entertaining amd educational.
My daughter particularly enjoyed the handling of snakes, snails and cockroaches!!
The staff were lovely and are a huge credit to the place, especially the blokes that did the snake talk- who knew that a boy snake had two willys?!
The adventure playground was brilliant with trampolines and great tunnel slide things.
The cafe had a good selection and whilst not particularly cheap not a rip off either and the food was good.
We will definitely visit again.

Visited August 2013
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Taunton, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“A Great Day Out!”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

We had a great day out here this week with our 2 boys aged 10 & 6. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and we're quite picky usually, so that's saying something! Yes it is quite a small zoo, but there's still loads to see & do - lots of interactive and extremely informative sessions. You get to handle and feed some of the animals - my sons particularly enjoyed holding the snakes - I wasn't so keen, but never the less was very interested to hear all about them from the keepers who obviously knew their stuff!

There's a great play area, right next to the picnic tables, so parents can watch their kids play whilst relaxing with a picnic. We didn't try the cafe, because we took our own food, so I can't comment on the quality or the price, but it looked pretty good from a glance.

My boys were very impressed with the big cats, plus the unusual cats - they are mad about cats, so this was a real bonus, particularly the Exmoor Beast! One of the things I would say is that I was worried about the Ocelot - he seemed to be displaying some sort of psychotic behavior in that he kept repeatedly walking up and down his pen - was this because it wasn't big enough? He/she was so beautiful, it was sad to watch. However, all the other animals we saw seemed really happy. We loved the little monkies with their babies on their backs - so tiny that you nearly missed them - amazing!

Just another observation for the owners - a few more loos might be useful - I had to queue for a little while at the ladies as there were only 2 cubicles - I think there were more outside the entrance, which obviously is useful, but may be another block at the bottom of the zoo might be good.

Anyway we had a lovely day out and will definitely be returning next year when we do our annual holiday to Devon!

Visited August 2013
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Exmoorbeast, Owner at Exmoor Zoo, responded to this review, August 15, 2013
A quick note for everybody about "Ozzie" our ocelot. He has some behavioral problems, he is under veterinary treatment, he is agoraphobic and he has a very interesting history. He does not pace all the time but too often for it to be normal. We hope to cure him of this but it may take months (he has only been with us since this spring).
Sad is not the right feeling - the cat is happy releasing endorphins when he does this. Due to his past this is a "high" he can create for himself. We have to try and prevent his need for doing this. He is very people orientated and inquisitive and although the environment he is in is at least 10 times larger than where he has spent his previous 3 years we have a perception problem here with our visitors - we know this! We have a sign on his enclosure explaining this.
Any problems like this why not just talk to us? We ask anybody who visits to do this, we are here we are working we really do not mind and all the keepers are friendly! Honest!
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England
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“The most fun you can have whilst getting an education!”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

We are local to Exmoor Zoo and would like to say how very proud we are to have such a brilliant conservation centre so close to home.
The staff are always very friendly, welcoming and ready to answer any questions you may have, come rain or shine (snow or sleet!) they're always smiling.
The animal talks are brilliant- you get a real hands on experience with spiders, snakes, wallabies, a selection of furry baby animals and much more, making your visit both memorable and personal. The talks are spaced out over the course of the day, giving you plenty of time to get to each one and stop for lunch in between.
There is a lovely cafe with a wide range of tasty meals and snacks (something for everyone and very reasonably priced) but if you fancy taking a picnic, there are some fab spots to pitch a blanket or sit on a bench surrounded by lots of creatures!
We took our one year old along for day and she absolutely loved it, she could see in to all of the enclosures and had a great time running around in the play area.
And so, we would definitely recommend you take a trip out to Exmoor Zoo, it's amazing to see such a variety of animals in the heart of our little Devon countryside!

Visited August 2013
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