London Zoo is world famous not just for its considerable contributions to conservation efforts, but also for being one of the oldest and most spectacular zoos on the face of the earth. A visit to the Zoo, situated on the north east corner of Regent Park, is an immersive experience: realistically created.
Environments connect visitors to the animals displayed, and diminish humans’ perceived distance from nature. With over 720 different species of animals on display, a day at London Zoo is an incredible day out for people of all ages.
Visitors can enjoy animal demonstrations or watch animals having breakfast, lunch and supper. In case the weather is bad, there are enough enclosures indoors to keep you busy all day. One of the animal houses even has a tropical climate! To make the most of your day at the Zoo, it is advised to plan your day in advance. The website has an interactive map and a schedule of daily events to get you started.
Whether you like big cats, great apes, giraffes, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, or bugs, at London Zoo you’ll get closer to your favourite animal than ever before. For more information, visit the website of ZSL London Zoo.
Address: Regent’s Park-NW14RY London
Telephone number: 02077223333
ZSL London Zoo opening hours
London Zoo is opened every day of the year except Christmas Day. Till the July 20th, it is opened between 10.00 and 17.30. From July 21st till September 2nd the zoo is opened between 10.00 and 18.00.
In Dunstable, Bedfordshire is ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, the UK’s biggest zoo. It has animals from over 200 different species – guaranteed to keep you busy all day! The zoo is famous for its conservation efforts through scientific research. Just by visiting, you’re helping to preserve natural habitat and prevent further deforestation!
Park is home to some of the planet’s most iconic as well as less familiar species: ranging from Asian elephants to giraffes, from chimpanzees to lemurs, from Nepalese rhinos to Amur tigers, and from African lions to sea lions, this zoo has it all.
The Wild Wild Whipsnade area of the park has various impressive animals:
lynxes, European brown bears, wolverines, moose, wolves, wild boars and European bison all call this place home. Be sure to check out the huge elephant enclosure, and don’t forget to swing by the wonderful Chimpnasium, where the chimps swing around all day, either indoor or outdoor.
To help you make the most of your day, you can pick up a leaflet with feeding and demonstration times. During these special events, the zookeepers will tell you more about the animals they care for. To top it all off, you can grab a ethically sourced, locally produced snack or drink from one of the many catering outlets! For more information, visit the website of Whipsnade Zoo.
Address: B4540-LU62LF Kensworth, Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Telephone number: 08442251826
Whipsnade Zoo opening hours
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is opened every day of the year except for Christmas Day. Gates open at 10am. Closing times vary with the seasons.
West Midland Safari Park is an immense zoo in Bewdley, Worcestershire. The zoo not only has a rich variety of animals on display in the walk-through area, it also has a large drive-through safari park and a funfair. Drive your own car through this park and enjoy animals in huge natural enclosures.
Get up close and personal with lots of big cats:
African lions, white tigers and cheetahs roam the drivethrough section of the park. See huge giraffes, familiarly-striped zebras and ancient white rhinos grazing placidly, or drive through the African elephant reserve and meet the world’s largest living terrestrial species!
Can you spot the nippy barbary sheep living among them? There’s plenty more to see in the walking area. Animals as diverse as California sea lions, goliath tarantulas, tropical reef fish, pythons and various species of poisonous snakes live here. Walk among a pack of ring-tailed lemurs in one of the biggest walk-through lemur woods in the UK.
Learn more about lemurs and other animals during feeding talks given by expert zoo staff throughout the day. Finally, kids (including grown-up kids) can take their excess energy to the funfair and enjoy rides such as the Congo Carousel or the Zambezi Water Splash! For more information, visit the website of West Midland Safari Park.
Address: Spring Gro-DY121LF Bewdley, Worcestershire
Telephone number: 01299406462
West Midland Safari Park opening hours
West Midland Safari Park is opened every day from February 11th till November 4th 2012 from 10am. Closing times vary. Opened irregularly the rest of the year. Check the website to avoid disappointment.
Overlooking the shores of Colwyn Bay in North Wales is the Welsh Mountain Zoo, with its spectacular array of rare and endangered animals. Whether you love seeing mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians or invertebrates, you’re guaranteed to find something to your liking here. Among the mammal collection are spectacular animals like the.
Brown bear, California sea lion, smart chimpanzees, elusive snow leopards, gibbons, meerkats, wallabies and Sumatran tigers. See them in cleverly designed enclosures, giving you a feeling of actually seeing them in the wild!
You can also check out hawks, Humboldt penguins, ostriches, condors and macaws. Reptiles include tortoises, geckos and Mississippi alligators. There’s enough here to keep your eyes peeled all day!
Be sure to keep your ears peeled too, though, as the keepers will tell you all about the animals they care for during daily feeding talks. If you book in advance, you can even tag along with a keeper for the whole day!
You’ll get the chance to feed animals, clean after them, and to get a unique insight into their life at the zoo. For more information, visit the website of Welsh Mountain Zoo.
Address: Old Hwy-LL285UY Colwyn Bay, Clwyd
Telephone number: 01492532938
Welsh Mountain Zoo opening hours
The Welsh Mountain Zoo is opened every day of the year except for Christmas Day. Gates open at 9.30am and close at 6pm.
Twycross Zoo, with its perfectly central location within Warwickshire, is a great destination for a fun-filled and educative day out for the whole family. You’ll find a spectacularly diverse array of animals here, including all classes of vertebrates, but also invertebrates such as tarantulas and leaf-cutter ants. Check out rare mammals such.
As the elusive Amur leopard, snow leopard, capybaras (the biggest rodents in the world!) and even hyenas, as well as familiar crowd favourites like otters, wallabies, Asian elephants, and giraffes.
Try to spot the many species of tropical birds (including parrots, macaws, storks and ibis), see the adorable Humboldt penguins, and several species of owl. Cold-blooded visitors can blend right in with the many tortoises, snakes and iguanas! The park is most famous for its primates, even branding itself as the World Primate Centre. You name them, they’ve got them:
several gibbon species, howler monkeys, different kinds of marmosets, bonobos, orang-utans, chimpanzees, tamarins, and even humans. Be careful though, as humans roam the park freely!
They can be found all over the park, watching other animals, and in the restaurants, enjoying delicious locally sourced food and drinks. For more information, visit the website of Twycross Zoo.
Address: Burton Road-CV93PX Atherstone, Warwickshire
Telephone number: 08444741777
Twycross Zoo opening hours
Twycross Zoo is opened every day of the year except for Christmas Day. Gates open at 10am and close at 5.30pm (March 26th – October 28th 2012) or 4.30pm (October 29th 2012 – March 25th 2013)
Trotters World Of Animals is home to over one hundred different species of animals. You can spend the entire day walking around the 25 acre park. You can do more than just see the animals, go on a Hawk Walk and meet an owl, a hawk and an eagle. Your child can.
Be a junior keeper for an entire hour and will learn how to take care of the animals. Hang out with the lemurs or spend an our with the meerkats. Throughout the day you can learn more about the animals during the keeper talks and demonstrations. There’s plenty to do for children too.
They can play in the Green Barn or play in the playing areas outside. An entire day here here is going to make you very hungry, for all your snacks and big meals visit the café. Enjoy all the different animals that reside in the park. Reptiles, wild cats, primates and much, much more. If you want a day filled with nature and adventure this is the place to be. Contribute in your owns special way buy adopting one of the animals at the park.
Visit the website for more information about a day out. For more information, visit the website of Trotters World Of Animals.
Address: Bassenthwait-CA124RD Keswick, Cumbria
Telephone number: 01768776239
Trotters World Of Animals opening hours
01/01/2012 till 31/12/2012 10 am and 5.30 pm