Zoos near London which aren't London Zoo!

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Okay, about ten minutes ago I asked DS what he'd like to do tomorrow (because a thread on here asked me what they'd say....) and he is in a whiny mood and wanted the zoo. I don't normally give in to whining but I thought it was actually a good idea, as both DD2 and DS love animals, we've been to London Zoo twice I think, though. DD1 is off at her biyfriend's house so it's just my two animal lovers, and I'd love to take them to a zoo!

Ones near here are Colchester and Whipsnade, but haven't had experience of them before? Also heard of a Parasidse Park and a Tropical Wings World of Wildlife, or some such? Any other suggestions? Not just a plain zoo, could be one of those open sanctuaries too, we've been to Ada Cole Horse Rescue before which DS loved, but was too babyish for DD2.

DS is 6 and DD2 is 13 (yes, I know she's a bit old to be animal obsessed but she wants to be a vet etc; and is animal crazy).

wallpaperaddict Sun 18-Aug-13 20:17:30

Colchester zoo is brilliant, my DC's love going. We've not been to tropical wings for a couple of years, but we've always enjoyed it there too. I think colchester zoo is definately the better option though, so much more to see!

valiumredhead Sun 18-Aug-13 20:19:25

Whipsnade is fab as is Woburn safari park.

Tiredtrout Sun 18-Aug-13 20:19:47

Whipsnade is wonderful and is the partner to London zoo, if that's near for you there's also Woburn safari park

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Sun 18-Aug-13 20:22:16

Colchester is fantastic as is Whipsnade.

Floralnomad Sun 18-Aug-13 20:24:00

Woburn is lovely and Paradise has nice big cats .

I've been to Whipsnade and it was lovely - we parked on the Downs and walked there. We saw lots of wild wallabies (complete with joeys in pocket!)

aftermay Sun 18-Aug-13 21:00:11

The smallish zoo in Battersea Park. We haven't been in a few years, it used to be good combined with a play in the park.

valiumredhead Sun 18-Aug-13 21:09:28

Battersea is worth going just to see the meercatsgrin

Bunbaker Mon 26-Aug-13 20:36:59

DD and I went to Whipsnade earlier this month. It is brilliant. We saw the lynx kittens and they were so cute.

AnyoneButLulu Mon 26-Aug-13 20:41:19

There's Chessington of course but it will be expensive and rammed. Battersea is a nice low key day out if the location works for you, or what about a City Farm?

SpaceKoala Mon 26-Aug-13 20:41:43

I love the little zoo in battersea!
Meerkats are great!!

SkiSchoolRun Mon 26-Aug-13 20:43:49

Whipsnade is wonderful.

Paradise is a bit crap.

SkiSchoolRun Mon 26-Aug-13 20:44:55

Butterfly world in St Albans is good too

gallicgirl Mon 26-Aug-13 20:50:31

We like Colchester. It seems more compact and hands on than other zoos.

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