When it comes to seeing your favourite exotic animals up close, you don’t need to travel half way around the world. From elephants to white lions, safari parks across the UK have all sorts of creatures from an amazing collection of exotic countries. Here are some of the top zoos you and your family can visit for a fantastic day out:
Longleat Safari Park, Wiltshire
Outside of Africa, Longleat was the first safari park to open, more than 40 years ago. Other than the lions, tigers, rhinos, and giraffes that you can visit, a boat can take you to Gorilla Island, where a couple of primates spend their days watching TV and playing on video games – sounds like an ideal life!
Hop aboard the mini railway or marvel at the butterfly garden. And if you’ve still got the energy, try to wriggle your way out of the adventure maze.
Blair Drummond Safari And Adventure Park, Stirling
Want to see the only elephants in Scotland? Head to Blair Drummond for a variety of wild animals, including meerkats and penguins. There is even a cuddling station for petting safe livestock. If your tastes run towards more feathery creatures, Blair Drummond stages birds of prey shows. And good news for your car: the primates have gone elsewhere, so broken windscreen wipers are a thing of the past!
Combe Martin Dinosaur and Wildlife Park, Devon
If your kids like to get hands-on with animals, there are daily hugging sessions at Combe Martin. Its biggest selling point is its wolves; and you can attend a howling workshop in the evenings, to unleash your inner beast and communicate with Combe Martin’s pack of fierce canines.
What this safari park is most famous for though is its animatic dinosaur display. As well as its museum full of prehistoric treasures. Here, you’ll even be able to see a real dinosaur egg!
Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside
Knowsley Safari Park has some very precious inhabitants – the virtually extinct white rhino clash horns in green paddocks. There are bird houses full of tropical wonders, alongside roaming peacocks and their multi-coloured feathers.
Once you’re done there, you can move on to the bug enclosure, packed with all sorts of creepy crawlies. There are so many exciting safari parks in the uk, but Knowsley really takes the biscuit.
Woburn Safari Park
Your kids can wander along raised paths to discover lemurs hanging from the treetops. There is even a walkthrough squirrel monkey enclosure. The stunningly coloured lorikeets will fly down to sip from a cup of nectar – your children can feed them, if they like! At Woburn, you can really get into the safari spirit.
Come at the right time of day, and you can watch the penguins being fed or go exploring through the enclosures of some of the most dangerous animals on the planet. Bears and wolves run together, just as they would’ve in the UK more than 1,000 years ago!
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