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"On a wet day in June we arrived at Exmoor…"
On a wet day in June we arrived at Exmoor Zoo. I had already done my research and found out that it was family friendly (ideal for my 11 month old baby) and had covered areas for rainy days.
Exmoor Zoo is small and intimate. They hold talks on animals frequently throughout the day. The first exhibit we took in was the Lemur talk. The zookeeper fed the ring-tailed lemurs and explained their traits to the visitors. I was absolutely captivated and baby was entertained too.
After a wander around and a bite of lunch under the covered picnic area, we went along to the cheetah talk at the other end of the zoo. Its a rate treat to get so close to such beautiful animals - as the zookeeper explained they generally prefer to lounge in the sun when in captivity but they will venture over for lunch daily.
There was a good range of animals at the zoo including monkeys, several wild cats, wolves, penguins, kangaroos, tortoises, otters, meerkats and more. The nicest part is that children can really interact with the animals - there is a petting zone which included rabbits and guinea pigs and there is also a small animals talk with the opportunity to meet animals such as a goose, pole cat, rabbit etc.
The zoo map was sometimes difficult to work out (we ended up taking the difficult route with our buggy to see the cheetahs before realising there was an accessible route!) but it was useful to have one included in the admission price. The facilities were fine, although they are only at one end of the zoo, close to the cafe. Some of the routes are a little rugged but that certainly didn't deter families or disabled visitors.
If I was in Devon again, I'd definitely re-visit Exmoor Zoo.Read moreLess