Visits to zoos fall generally into two categories....one is where all of the animals are all well looked after and it feels their zoo home is genuinely a better place than where they were before (Monkey World in Dorset is a good example). WMZ falls into the second category where whilst the animals are well looked after the overall impression of the zoo is feeling a bit unloved with some of the animals in too small enclosures where they are forced to pace (tiger and bears in particular). Much of the zoo feels a little run down and there are a couple of shows (chimps and sealions) that are little more than a Victorian sideshow with chimps banging on a glass wall to be fed and sealions being 'trained'. Despite there being several references to 'enrichment' it felt like there was very little of this going on and many of the enclosures just felt a little too small for the animals.
In the Safari Café you are greeted by an overwhelming smell of chip fat and grease where you can choose the widest variety of chip-based meals and snacks that I have ever seen. A pre-packaged cake was out of date by several weeks and whilst this was refunded and exchanged immediately this experience added to the overall feeling that the whole of WMZ is just a little run down.