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Newquay Zoo, Newquay

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
3.5/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web
Get closer to wild animals from around the world at Newquay Zoo, sheltering over 130 species. This zoo, Cornwall’s largest, features an African Savannah and a Philippines area, which houses endangered fishing cats, visayan warty pigs, and Philippine spotted deer. The zoo also houses an important conservation breeding program for threatened red pandas, lemurs, marmosets, tapirs, lions, and meerkats, to name just a few. Inside the zoo’s atmospheric tropical house, rain forest plants and animals are protected. Animal encounters and feeding times are available throughout the year, several times a day. A Tarzan adventure trail, children’s play area, and a dragon maze are provided for families with small kids. The site’s special events program runs all year, with updates on the zoo’s website. Use our Newquay itinerary builder to add Newquay Zoo and other attractions to your Newquay vacation plans.
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  • This is quit a small zoo but is great for kids as there are lots of animals and things to do. The petting area is great for young children and the goats are lovely. Nice areas to sit outside and have ...  read more »
  • Lovely zoo with a good variety of animals that looked content and well cared for. Big enough to be interesting but not so big that it would take too long to walk round and leave you exhausted. 
  • Newquay Zoo is a nice place to visit while in Newquay, while it has a nice range of animals it is big enough to get round without the little one getting tired. As well as the animals there are a few o...  read more »
  • my son wants to be a zoologist at Newquay zoo and he has been in most of the enclosures as part of the keeper for a day. He said and i quote 'the enclosures were outstanding. The keepers keep great care of these animals and obviously care deeply for them'. However, his friend said and i quote 'i snuck in after the zoo was closed with my mum to see what they do after hours. i got no evidence but i believe they do hurt the animals even though no wounds are showed'
  • Newquay zoo is an amazing zoo with good inspiration for many other zoos. However, i would love to see either an elephant, rhino or hippo in the African Savannah. Because your zoo is amazing, it is being used as a main place in my Animal Apocalypse story that has only just started. Anyone who douts zoo must be selfish and only insults you because they are jealous or can't be bothered to visit. Zoos are actually a place for people to getup close to animals and learn about them. You people say Newquay zoo is filthy but at least they care about their animals.
  • Good zoo to take a small children too as not a bad size. Good amount of talks and shows. Lovely staff. Massive downsize is the size of the enclosures to me they seemed very small in comparison to other zoos which I have been too.
  • Had a nice day out, however I felt that some of the enclosures were too small. The fossa enclosure, in particular, was far too small and the animal itself was pacing and displaying stressed and agitated behaviours which was distressing and disappointing to see.
  • I'm not going to say too much about the cost of the zoo entry and parking as I am fully aware that zoos are expensive to maintain and I am happy to put money into a zoo and help provide better conditions for the animals they have. Newquay zoo however was a different kettle of fish. It costs £13 for entry and £5 to park in a very poorly constructed car park. That wasn't the main issue though. It appears that very little money is spent on the animals and there enclosures. I frequent zoos a lot such as Bristol, Paignton, longleat and Exmoore zoo and I have never felt as though the animals had any less than very good care provided to them. I felt genuinely sad at Newquay zoo looking at the animals in very small enclosures which mostly consisted of mud. Not one animal seemed to be in an active, happy environment. Other guests were commenting at how poor the conditions were and how unhappy the animals seemed. Mothers in the petting zoo area were telling there children to leave the animals alone as the look unhappy. The Penguins had a small, bright green puddle as there water area. The saddleback pigs had an area the size of a small room to move around. You'll have no trouble seeing the lions and lynxes as there enclosures are so small and have so little foliage they can't hide even if they wanted to. I think the saddest thing for me was a poor owl up the top of the zoo by the gorilla trail which appeared to be completely neglected. We had recently had some severe winds which had obviously brought some branches down onto the net over the owls enclosure. But that was days ago and the net was weighed down by the branches covering it which could easily be removed. I really like to support local attractions as Cornwall has very few as it is and I will support anything that provides a nice environment for animals but I was very disappointed in Newquay zoo and both me and my girlfriend felt the animals would be better off in one of the other zoos we have visited.
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