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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 28, 2014

I visited PWP today and was a little surprised how close you could get to the white tiger. The white tiger was pacing up and down looking frustrated and bored. There was only a waist high barrier with the tiger in a cage just over an arms length away. If someone felt like they wanted to get closer, they could jump over the barrier without much effort and put there hand straight in the cage. Is this really safe? Is this considered safe until someone actually does this? Some of the other enclosures were small. The park is not worth a family at £70. The play area is good but the food is really really poor. Take a picnic.

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

Hi Sharon, Thank you for visiting Paradise and for taking the time to write a review. Having read your review, we feel it might be beneficial to give you some more information about the things you saw at the park.

The entrance fee is not extortionately high, as it only just covers the cost of running the park and looking after the animals. Paradise never runs at a high profit, with any monies usually reinvested or donated to conservation. Also, please bear in mind that around 30% of the entrance fee also goes straight to the tax man. The running costs of a zoo are very high.

Overall, most of our visitors enjoy Paradise as the design of our enclosures allows people to get much closer to the animals than at many other zoos. I will pass on your thoughts regarding the White Lion enclosure. Also, we can reassure you that none of our animals exhibit stereotypical behaviour and all of animals receive various types of frequent stimulation and enrichment. Big cats sleep for around 20 hours every day and are inherently lazy by nature. In the wild, they are only motivated to roam for the needs of food, breeding or if they are in conflict over territory. In captivity, they are often happiest when well fed in their favourite spot. For that reason, big cat enclosures do not need to be big at all. The species at Paradise Wildlife Park are carefully chosen for their husbandry needs. We would never keep animals that require large areas of space such as elephants or rhinos.

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 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 hope this goes some way to explaining the things you saw and helps you to realise that things are not always as they seem.

If you would like to discuss your visit further please do not hesitate to contact me directly at emily@pwpark.com. Many thanks.

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Reviewed August 28, 2014

Spent a thoroughly enjoyable time at Paradise Park on a photography experience with a new camera. Was looked after by everyone really well - friendly, knowledgeable staff and two excellent photography guides with incredible knowledge of photography - found the continuous shooting mood enabling me to take some incredible shots. A well run family concern with lots for all ages.

Thank Sue W
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Reviewed August 27, 2014

I visited the the zoo with my hubby and three children. (Ages 6,8,10). We had a fantastic day as usual. Lots for the kids to do including a large playground and small train ride around the forest.
They also have a indoor cafe with soft play, great for if it rains.
The animals are beautiful and you can tell that they are well kept and looked after. The keepers clearly love them.
Five stars all round.
Even better that you can use your tesco clubcard vouchers too

Thank Susieilford
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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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