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“Thank goodness for Durrell”
Review of Jersey Zoo

Jersey Zoo
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Trinity
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Jersey Zoo was founded in 1959 by author and naturalist Gerald Durrell. It's 32 acres of beautifully landscaped park and farm lands are home to over 100 species of animal, many of which are endangered or vulnerable in the wild. The zoo serves as a sanctuary, captive breeding and research centre, and is the 'base' for Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust's worldwide efforts to save species from extinction. The onsite facilities include a YHA accredited hostel, luxury 'wildlife camp' and Durrell Conservation Academy - which to date has trained over 3,500 conservationists from 135 countries.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

I don't like zoos or seeing animals in captivity, but Durrell is all about preservation. It's still slightly disheartening to see gorillas appearing to look bored. Once you get over that, this is an extraordinary place. My lasting memory is of an Orangutan mother covering herself and her baby with a 'shawl' made of sacking. Experiences/sights here can be pretty moving and by the end even someone who dislikes zoos will recognise the importance of Durrell.

Thank Azim N
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

fascinating gorillas and orang utans, but the best bit is that you feel you are contributing to REAL efforts to save endangered species and EDUCATE children and visitors about the need to work at this for the future.

Thank Wendymoonshine
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

You do not need to be a wildlife fanatic to enjoy and appreciate the work of this Wildlife Park. For those who are not familiar with this attraction, it is perhaps prudent to point out that this is not a Zoo in its traditional sense. The whole concept of this Wildlife Park is geared entirely to conservation and a visit gives the opportunity to appreciate and understand the measures and steps being taken by the Park, often in association with others around the Globe, in its attempts to prevent many of the worlds's threatened wildlife from extinction. A worth-while visit that allows visitors to see how Durrell's conservation dreams are progressing.

Thank Alan B
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

Set aside at least half the day for this if you can. It's a lovely park. This was a return visit after 25 years when Jersey Zoo, as it was known then, completely wowed me. It is still a great day out. For Britons the biggest difference you'll notice from British zoos is space. Even with school trips, families etc all over the place,there was room to move and appreciate the animals and birds. 25 years ago the gorillas, orang utans and lemurs captivated me, this time it was the fabulous bats. Amazing!

if you are on a budget the buses will take you right to it. Board at the bus station in St Helier as it is very busy. You won't be guaranteed a seat if you try to board en route. Plenty of picnicking areas in the grounds if it suits to bring your own food. The café/restaurant was terrific. We were £22 for two coffees, two scones with cream and jam, one (huge) bowl of soup & bread roll and a potato with chilli & cheese. We had to take the scones home with us. Food was delicious and service fantastic. A great day out and completely unmissable if you are seeing it through a child's eyes.
Entrance was reasonable at £14 adult, £12 senior.

2  Thank Gailnic
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

We have been to Jersey many times but never visited Durrell Wildlife Park, so we thought we would visit it this time around and we were not disappointed. The park is well thought out a must see are the Sumatran Orangutan,Andean Bears, Gorillas & Meerkats and the many different species of birds. Although the day we visited it was raining so wear suitable shoes as the paths can get quite muddy, apart from the weather it did not stop us from enjoying the park and seeing all the different animals, Over all our visit was very enjoyable a must see for young and old.

Thank JENNY o
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