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6 top zoos to visit for all the family

Love animals? You'll adore our recommended list of zoos and parks to visit

A visit to the Zoo provides a perfect day out for all the family to enjoy, so why not take a look at some of VisitEngland’s accredited zoo attractions?

1. Exmoor Zoo

Overcome your fears and hold a snake or a hairy spider, then relax and see some rare animals such as binturong, fanaloka, tayra, singing dogs, cheetah and margay. Stroke and feed wallabies at this unique zoo and see the “Exmoor Beast”, the zoo’s black leopards, or take advantage of regular handling sessions, talks and encounters (every half hour or more from 10:30 to 16:00 in the summer). With something for all the family, Exmoor Zoo in Barnstaple, is sure to provide you with a fun-filled day out.

2. Living Coasts

The UK’s only coastal zoo and aquarium, located on the Torquay seafront, offers visitors that chance to see a variety of marine species from around the world including seals, penguins, otters, rays and much more. This fun attraction is the perfect day out no matter what the weather, with daily feeding time talks, the onsite Terrace Café, and younger visitors can spend time exploring the interactive sandpits and ‘Draw Alive’ wall.

3. Marwell Zoo

Situated in Winchester, Marwell’s 140-acre park, is home to an array of exotic and endangered species in beautiful surroundings. There is something for the whole family to enjoy here, including 5 adventure playgrounds, daily talks and animal feeding.

4. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

Paignton Zoo is once of the South West’s most exciting visitor attractions. With over 2,500 animals across 80 acres, get up close to some incredible and endangered animals including giraffes, big cats, gorillas, rhinos, lemurs, crocodile and much more. You’re in for a really wild time day out here which is perfect for all ages to enjoy.

5. ZSL London Zoo

Experience the unrehearsed, unexpected and unbelievable at ZSL London Zoo where real animals, real characters, real adventures and important stories are to be told. A real working zoo that’s striving every day to help make a difference to the animals they look after and the wildlife of the world. A great day out for everyone that makes a real difference.

6. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Located in Dunstable, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is home to over 3,500 species of animals, in green open spaces. Experience their elephant herd, sea lions, rhinos, tigers, penguins and much more, plus there are thousands of fascinating facts waiting to be discovered on your visit. So what are you waiting for? Experience it for yourself and enjoy a fun day out that makes a real difference.

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