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New Forest Wildlife Park, Ashurst

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Set in natural woodland, New Forest Wildlife Park specializes in providing a safe home for native and past-native British wildlife. The park is recognized as the UK’s leading institution for the rescue and rehabilitation of unwell, injured, and orphaned otters. It also rehabilitates other wildlife, such as owls, deer, and foxes, in similar situations. Alongside the British wildlife, the park hosts a few international guests, including wallabies. Join the keepers for their regular informative talks throughout the day and watch them feed the animals. Look out for the free-roaming, inquisitive deer, one of which has been known to examine visitors' pockets for treats. The adventure playground is the ideal place to let little ones run loose, including a zip line, climbing ropes, swings, and more. There is also a special play area for children under six. Relax in the Woodlands Bakehouse coffee shop for lunch, or treat yourself to home-baked cakes and New Forest ice cream. Our Ashurst trip itinerary planner makes visiting New Forest Wildlife Park and other Ashurst attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Wow what a find,had a lovely day here with loads of wonderful animals and an added bonus of the butterfly house.The food was excellent and very reasonable as was the admission fee.loved seeing the wol...  more »
  • Easy to park, and inside a fascinating range of wildlife, as well as a play park for children. Talks from staff about the various types of animal were very informative  more »
  • Visited for the first time today and loved it here. My son is 1 year old, nearly, so took the pram. Tracks are pebble like so if you have an off road buggy that would be best but mine was ok today. En...  more »
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  • Interesting collection of animals that look like they enjoy where they are living. They were active and easy to spot. My favourite were the wolves. There are two adventure playground areas, one for 6 and under and an amazing one for 6 year olds to adults. Kids had loads of fun. Overall it's not a large park and yet there seemed like a lot to do. Good value day out.
  • Lovely place with loads to see and do! The animals are beautiful and it's great fun to buy an otter toy, stuff it in your coat with the head poking out and watch people's faces as they think you are trying to sneak out with a live one! A great place, just one niggle is that not all enclosures are big such as the beautiful owl enclosures, they are far too small for the birds.
  • Visited today and had a great time. Animals seem well looked after and enclosures are spacious. £35 for a day out for a family of 4 seems good value The only slight negative is the only toilets being located by the entrance, so from the play park for example, its a bit of a trek over to the loos! Overall Would thoroughly recommend 👍
  • A lovely place to visit. Even on a busy weekend, there's plenty of space. Excellent keeper talks, several play areas for children of different ages, a wide selection of animals but with a focus on otters and owls. The butterfly house from Easter to September is brilliant and there are tame deer and wallabies. The only toilets are outside the main entrance which could be inconvenient for some.
  • Animals seemed well cared for and keepers knew lots about them and their specific characters. Great play areas. OK restaurant, though very busy.

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