Dartmoor Zoological Park

“A real labour of zoological love, that is also a movie star” - VisitEngland Assessor


Plymouth, Devon

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This is the zoo that inspired the 2012 movie, We Bought a Zoo, and hopefully, it will be an inspiration to your family as well. As well as being a wonderful day out, with lions, amphibians, birds, tigers, bears, meerkats, wallabies and much more, it is also home to the Dartmoor Institute of Animal Science, which does essential conservation work.

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Dartmoor Zoological Park
Sparkwell, PLYMOUTH, Devon, PL7 5DG


About the area

Discover Devon

With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.

Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them. 

Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.

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