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“Feed the Big Cats”

Paradise Wildlife Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Come and visit Paradise Wildlife Park, the most interactive zoo in Britain. Based at Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, we are open all year round, every weekday and weekend! The brilliant design of our enclosures means that you can meet some amazing animals face to face! We have a huge collection of over 500 animals including the best collection of big cats on display in Britain. Our cats include: white tigers, white lions, Amur tigers, snow leopards, cheetahs and ocelots. We also have penguins, meerkats, monkeys, gibbons, lemurs, zebras, tapirs, wolves, wallabies, reptiles, birds and much, much more! We are unique because you can touch and even feed many of the animals in the Animal Park by purchasing one of our specially prepared animal feedbags. Have fun in one of our five adventure playgrounds, at the daily shows and meet the keeper sessions.
Reviewed August 26, 2014

Had an amazing day at Paradise Wildlife park. We went to "feed the Big Cats" This got us entry for the day so we had a wander around 1st. We watched another couple having an "experience" with the red pandas and it was great fun to watch. We met up with the trainer Ian and we got to choose which cat we wanted to spend more time with. I chose Bikal the white tiger. He was beautiful and so amazing to see up close! Being that close and feeding him was amazing and we got such great attention and information during the experience. I cant wait to book another as I know that the fee is use to help and support the animals and they take amazing care of all of them. Thanks for an awesome Birthday!

Thank Dinmore
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Reviewed August 24, 2014

We went as two couples but this park is very well facilitated for families. Book in advance for a good discount. Plenty of hand washing facilities and opportunities to touch suitable animals. Nice to be able to buy proper freshly ground coffee at a reasonable price too.

Thank Jo B
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Reviewed August 23, 2014

Would really have liked to give an overall rating of very good but a few things let the park down Went with friends and we enjoyed the day there but it felt more like a playworld park with some animals rather than the other way round. Shame this park needs as many childrens facilities and play areas to attract families there rather than the animals being the main attraction and the focus being on conservation. The walkways are aplenty to be able to get a good view of the big cats and the other animals Some of the enclosures could do with being a little bigger but most of the animals looked content and all looked well cared for.The bats were great but would liked to have seen them in a more natural looking environment. Reptile house very good indeed.The woodland walk is pretty and it is lovely to see the deer, owls and foxes as you walk through. The birds and all the animals are wonderful (especially the tigers, lions etc) but it would have been nice to see more talks and feeding times going on during the day. Some of the staff looked a little fed up and it would have been nice to see them looking a little happier in there work even though we are sure they all do a really great job. The park is clean and tidy and the food at Sams diner was good at a reasonable price. Plenty of places in the park to get refreshments, parking good too. Really surprised to see a bar selling alcohol though resulting in a small group walking round the park partly drunk carrying booze around with them of which one of them was acting ridiculously around the animals and spitting on the floor! Are there no rules and regulations in the park at all? Surely it is the responsibility of the management that certain behavour will not be tolerated in the best interests and welfare of the animals and other people visiting the park...such a shame! On the whole though a lovely day out despite the negatives

1  Thank Lynn b
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Paradise_Wildlife, Social Media & Marketing Assistant at Paradise Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2014

Hello, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad that overall you enjoyed your visit but it seems there a few things that you missed here at Paradise.

We have over 400 animals at Paradise Wildlife Park. We have the best collection of big cats in the country, and we are the only zoo that you can see all 5 big cats in the panthera genus, the lions, tigers, snow leopards, leopards and jaguars. We also have the best collection of small primates in the country with more marmosets, tamarins and lemurs than anyone else. In addition we have zebras, camels, tapirs, red pandas, otters, penguins, emus, reindeer, anacondas, skunks, bats, meerkats, raccoons, foxes, wolves, birds, reptiles and much much more. From 10:45am through till 5pm we have 25 animal talks and 9 animal feeds.

It is worth noting that all of our enclosures meet or exceed the secretary of state guidelines for animal welfare. None of our animals exhibit stereotypic behaviour. We are one of only 14 zoos globally to be members of all 3 of the worlds leading zoological associations BIAZA, EAZA and WAZA. Our head keeper sits on the council for ABWAK and two of our team sit on the CDC committee for BIAZA. We are well regarded in the zoological industry, not just in Britain, but across Europe and the rest of the world. We are big on conservation and we have raised over £2.5 million for conservation projects. We are spearheading the Amur leopard reintroduction program and have run in-situ conservation projects that have directly lead to either stabilisations or rises in wild animal populations.

We take every review very seriously and we are sorry to hear that you experienced ‘partly drunk’ visitors, as this isn’t something we have experienced before and we take all precautions to ensure that this isn’t the case. I will be passing your comments on.

We do hope you visit us again! If you would like to discuss your visit further feel free to contact me directly at emily@pwpark.com. Many thanks.

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Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

It was a good day out but it was very hard to steer my 8yr old away from everything that cost more money.

Thank radders1978
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Reviewed August 22, 2014

We have been to this zoo many times with our grandchildren and have never failed to enjoy it. The parking is good and there are places to eat inside the park which are adequate for lunches etc. The animals are well looked after and kept in good conditions. I can recommend this little gem for the family.

Thank jojo5557
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