This is a wildlife park with a difference. Set in a beautiful wooded combe the natural woodland has been enhanced to give a tropical feel and with the Macaws flying free and the calls of the apes it is like walking through a real jungle.
The wildlife has good sized areas and are very well cared for, because they have good sized and appropriate areas it is not always possible to see them clearly and if you are really keen to see them then you will need to wait or go by again as they are behaving more naturally.
There are interesting talks about a lot of the animals right in front of them, some rare white wolves at the moment and some rescue animals. There are also sea lion demonstrations & falconery on a beautiful open bit of ground. You get a list of these talks on the back of the map when you arrive so if you want to see something particular you know when and where to be there. The staff are really cheerful and helpful not to mention their patience with all the questions.
For adults and older children there is everything from wolves to a huge bug display in atmospheric conditions, Egyptian tomb and such like. Activity sheets are avaliable if they need more entertaining and a dinosaur museum and video show. There are some special activities available for an extra cost like swimming with seals or working with the falcons. These have to be arranged and booked in advance through their website or direct. Be aware that on hot days or wet ones the animals, like us, will look for shelter or shade and won't be so active.
For small children there is a petting part. Hand sanitizer is supplied and you are asked to use it but I didn't see one person do so. There are the animated real size dinosaurs that come to life every hour and the children squealed with delight as surprises happened. There is a train ride that takes you through a canyon in the woods with a special surprise that causes some squeeling too. There are also play areas.
There are small food outlets scattered in the park which is nice and not so crowded and some larger ones in the main area. The prices were very reasonable, the same as in the local area which was a nice surprise.
The surroundings are lovely with breathtaking views, it is on a steep Devon hillside which is normal to the area but the paths are well made for buggys and easy to walk on. A fair part is on the level. Because of the car parks, being on the hillside, there is a special one for Blue Badge holders at the main entrance and flatter area, also a golf buggy that will take the driver of any car up the hill so they can drive down and pick up the family. Most people made it up themselves, none of the children had a problem and the grownups were all having a laugh about it when I was there. I will be wearing trainers rather than flipflops next time though.
There are some concessions on the admission price and a discount can be had for booking online in advance.
I found so much to do & see and really enjoyed strolling through the 'jungle' afterwards. It is my second visit and I have every intention of going again.
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