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Exmoor Zoo, Barnstaple

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Encounter over 200 species of animals, birds, and reptiles at the Exmoor Zoo. Converted from a bird exhibition in 1982, the zoo now spans almost 5 hectares (12 acres) in North Devon. It is home to the Exmoor beast, a black leopard that is one of only two breeding females in the British Isles. Interact with a snake or help feed the wallabees while hearing more about the animals from knowledgeable staff. Check the feeding schedule ahead of time to not miss the chance. Before you head to Barnstaple, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Barnstaple trip itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Barnstaple has to offer, including Exmoor Zoo.
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  • You do not have to walk large distances to see the animals like some zoos great network of paths lead you round the charges.The talks from the keepers at feeding time was excellent.If you happened to ...  more »
  • We visited in January and to be honest enjoyed this visit a lot more than some much larger zoos - it has a fantastic range of animals, good information about conservation programs and good talks and a...  more »
  • We visited in January, but there was still plenty to do including animal feeds.As we both come from a working background with animals, it was nice to see unfamiliar species that we did not know much a...  more »
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  • Fantastic zoo. You discover something new around every corner. The collection of animals are varied and interesting especially the big cats. We saw every animal on show but some you have to be patient as the zoo mimics their natural habitat. The staff are friendly and dedicated. Tips... take comfortable walking shoes. If you book online its cheaper but if you can't print the ticket you can show them on your phone when you arrive. Check the feeding and animal handling times when you arrive so you get a closer look. Make sure you explore every part as some are easy to miss.
  • Best Zoo I've ever been too. Enclosures are good sizes, welfare of animals seems to be priority. Plenty of animals to see, it has animal encounters, we got hold snakes. Good cafe, and children's play park.
  • Great place, especially for kids. Book online to get lower prices. The cafe was really good as well (decent food and coffee).
  • 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. 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. Some of the routes are a little rugged but that certainly didn't deter families or disabled visitors.
  • I really enjoyed visiting Exmoor zoo. In the past year I have been to Chester zoo and I must say I enjoyed Exmoor zoo much more (no disrespect) . I like their philosophy too. A must visit if in the area 👍👍