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“Ideal family day out”
Review of Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor Zoo
Ranked #1 of 25 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.
Reviewed February 25, 2014

A great zoo, we'll maintained without being manicured. Bigger than we expected and lovely to be able to be close to the animals. My sons particularly enjoyed the reptile and bird demonstrations. We'll worth a trip.

1  Thank debina2304
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

This is a great little zoo, with lots of opportunities for everyone to get up close to the animals and birds. There are lots of handling and information sessions and lots to see. We are local and went with our family who were on holiday from Hertfordshire, with children aged 4 and 6, and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Hand feeding the wallabies was the favourite!
The only disappointment was our experience in the cafe. We all had tea and cakes and enjoyed it a lot, although we thought it was expensive. The shock came when I asked for a top up of hot water for our tea, and was given about an inch in the bottom of the pot. When I asked for a bit more, I was told I would have to pay for it. When I explained that the 3 of us who had had tea had not been able to have a second cup each (it costs £1.95 per person) I was told in no uncertain terms that we should have been able to! I found the lady rude and was left feeling very uncomfortable and embarrassed. A family member on holiday with us is the manager of a large cafe/restaurant in Herts and was really shocked that anyone anywhere in this day and age would be asking people to pay for hot water!! This left a sour taste in our mouths at the end of a lovely day.
I would advise - definitely visit the zoo but don't expect any generosity in the cafe!

Thank DevonshireMaid62
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

Spent a few hours at the zoo and although it wouldn't be in my top 5 it is definitely worth a visit. A nice walk round, plenty to see and all the animals seemed happy in their nice enclosures.

1  Thank Katy B
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

We visited the Exmoor Zoo with our adult friends; in all, we were a group of 4 adults and one child. Though the zoo looks small from the exterior, we were pleasantly surprised by how large it really is. Lovely naturalized paths wind around over many acres, allowing one to frequently turn a corner and come upon yet another type of animal or display. I generally don't support zoos on principle, but I must admit this was a different experience. One of the gentlemen who works there accompanied us for about the first 40 minutes or so as we strolled around, and kindly shared many insights and anecdotes about the animals and the zoo's history. Clearly, it is a small-scale labour of love, and it's obvious that the staff put the animals first. Everyone seemed healthy and happy, and not at all stressed by visitors (as is so often seen at larger, busier zoos). There are plenty of shady spots to sit and take it all in, which was much appreciated on a hot summer day. There is also a reptile house that gives interactive demonstrations, and a very nice restaurant on site for lunch or snacks. Everything was clean, and there was a good selection of choices available. If you want a more 'personalized' zoo experience, yet still see a wide variety of animals close-up, this would be an ideal choice.

2  Thank JRM73
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

We had a lovely day here despite it being out of season and there were still plenty of animal encounters to take part in and animal feeding experiences to watch. There was some building work underway but this didn't affect our enjoyment of the Zoo. There were lots of animals to see despite it being so cold & windy. We particularly liked the Singing Dogs & Meerkats were a favourite with the children.
The Playground was brilliant for the young children in our party - there are swings, trampolines, climbing frames etc and plenty if undercover seating for when the weather wasn't so good. We tried the Cafe on site & that was great too. Very reasonably priced & lovely food - especially the Children's meals. We would definitely revisit when we return to Devon in the future.

Thank Sally S
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