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Review of Linton Zoo

Linton Zoo
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Linton
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Owner description: At Linton Zoo, emphasis is on conservation and education, while providing an enjoyable family outing. There is a wealth of rare and exotic creatures to see including Tigers, Lions, Tapirs, Lemurs, Owls, Parrots, Giant Tortoises, Tarantula Spiders and many others. The zoo is an ever evolving attraction, set in 18 acres of gardens and woodland with plenty of picnic areas. It is generally considered a one and a half hour visit but some visitors do stay longer especially on days when there is a full programme of keeper talks and activities. The favourite of all is the animal encounter sessions. Many of the aviaries and enclosures are heavily planted so you need to be prepared to take your time at each exhibit. Bear in mind that Linton Zoo is a breeding centre for endangered species and is not a commercial entertainment centre. There are several options to enhance your visit with a behind the scenes tour, money raised from these special tours directly support field conservation projects through our charity. There are sometimes late closing evenings with extra special activities aimed at giving you a better understanding of specific animals, details are posted on our Facebook and website. Expect country park like pathways, some are gravel and sand others are grass, because of the large trees there are occasional roots. The zoo is more or less all out in the open so there is little shelter on wet days, if you visit on a day with rain expected please do come suitably dressed with waterproof footwear. Free parking is within zoo grounds and there is a basic children's play area. The one toilet block is situated on the car park area which is within the zoo grounds and as the zoo is quite compact it is within easy reach most times. There is also a coffee shop which serves a wide range of snack and lunch items as well as hot and cold drinks. We are open all year but restricted hours during the winter months. Visit our website for visit information including opening hours and details of activities at weekends and during the school holidays. Our Facebook page will keep you updated with all the latest news and of course the latest cute baby pictures.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed January 6, 2013

I had booked an animal experience for my Husband’s birthday (through Groupon) and from start to finish, from booking to leaving, the expertise and friendliness was outstanding from all we met.
The zoo is small and intimate, well laid out so very ‘natural’ and relaxed and with a good range of different animals. The thing you don’t notice without talking to the staff is the hard work and dedication behind the Zoo, to do with conservation etc. Don’t come expecting a big razzmatazz and Disney style falseness –come here if you want to see beautiful endangered animals, being well cared for and staff helping to preserve these animals for future generations.
I booked a Lemur Tour as a ‘fake’ reason for visiting (as the main present was a meet and greet a Big Cat) but the lemur tour was excellent! We were the only two there, and Dawny was so informative and passionate about her work and her lemurs. We spent ages with each group of lemurs, in their ‘rooms’, feeding them as they ran all over us and around us! Such sweet and intelligent animals.
Then Dawny (in on my secret Big Cat Meeting) very cleverly guided my husband to the leopard and tiger section and he was thoroughly surprised and delighted by being taken into a section just between the tiger and leopard enclosure. Lisa the leopard was feeling sleepy (apparently very old and likes her sleep) so he fed and ‘met’(behind a fence but REALLY up close – touchable distance but obviously no touching allowed!) She loved her chicken drumsticks and fish and he loved her roar – to show her dominance – then her purring and beautiful calm countenance as she laid down ‘beside him’. Her keeper was informative, passionate and really friendly – taking great photos and video which we were able to buy later. All proceeds for the tours and extras are all focussed on the conservation work and obviously expensive upkeep of the amazing animals.
I would whole heartedly recommend visiting and supporting the lovely Zoo and people there – and the gorgeous Tigers, Lions, Leopards, not forgetting the lemurs, and other (smaller) but still lovely animals.
Thankyou for an excellent afternoon!

4  Thank mimjoNorthampton
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

I bought my husband an animal experience and it didn't disappoint. The zoo is run by a family who are extremely passionate about their animals and the conservation of animals elsewhere. It is so refreshing to see a zoo investing heavily in their animals and making enclosures like the animals would live in the wild as much as possible. Kim was the person taking my husband for his experience with a tiger but she didn't just take him there and that was it she walked along with us telling us about other animals in the park and about the work they are doing with other countries to save animals from extinction. Kim was very informative and passionate and a joy to listen to. My husband totally loved his tiger experience and a leopard came over for some food as well so to his amazement he got to feed two cats!
I would recommend the animal experiences to all ages they even do children's party experiences for up to 10 children.
This zoo was not overpriced as some reviews have said we have been to zoo's that charge a LOT more for entry, gifts, food and drink than Linton charge!

5  Thank DawnRice12
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

I had a fantastic time at Linton Zoo when I went to feed one of the Tigers - an amazing experience and incredibly friendly staff and owner, who gave an excellent tour and loads of information about the zoo. Easy to park and walk around and will definitely return with my family in the near future.

3  Thank coxall
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

What a great place to visit, the staff were a great help both going around the Zoo and in the nice little cafe.
I took our four young grandchildren here yesterday and we all loved it. It's easy to get around and you can get close to the animals, all seem to be happy in their enclosures, there are set times times where we met and touched a Snake, Geko etc and the staff provide lots of interesting info about them
Entry not too pricey....
Highly recommended
We are definitly going again

2  Thank Simon P
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

I took my Grandchildren aged 10,7,4 for a day out, it was very disappointing.

Loads of empty cadges, everything looks tired and in need of investment.

The staff were dedicated and trying their best.

We left after 2 hours,, there was not enought to keep the children entertained.

2  Thank Caroline G
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