Exmoor Zoo

Posted on 7 January 2020 / 337 Listing verified by Yellow Trumpet as genuine
Listing Type : Zoo
Location : Barnstaple EX31 4SG
Opening Hours
  • Monday :Closed
  • Tuesday :Closed
  • Wednesday :Closed
  • Thursday :Closed
  • Friday :Closed
  • Saturday :Closed
  • Sunday :Closed

Exmoor Zoo one of THE places to go in the South West for all ages for fun and delight and education just can not be beaten.

Exmoor Zoo took over the run down Bird Gardens, which had been operating since 1982, in April 1993.  Danny and Lynn Reynolds and the family have achieved great things in the intervening years by renovating existing enclosures and building new exhibits of mammals, birds and reptiles on a year to year basis. This makes it, the very different and unique attraction that it is today.  All of this, despite the heartbreaking setback in May 1993 (after only one month of moving in) of a gang of 6 thieves stealing 25 marmosets and tamarins and 4 pairs of parrots, representing nearly 10 years of preparatory work.

Exmoor Zoo began back in 1993 with 2 staff and 10,000 visitors and has consistently grown every year since. Trees and shrubs growing today were planted back in 1994 and 95, using the central naturally fed spring lake as a focal point. Today 45,000+ people visit annually, enjoying the friendly relaxed and natural atmosphere of the zoo. Over 14 staff, a curator and education team all endeavour to instil the importance of looking after the environment and respect for the habitat of native and exotic animals. This is obvious as you explore the zoo as there are now over 35 breeding programs to maintain the captive population of endangered species! This breeding and encouraging respect for the animals is now a very important part of the work.

The African Café seating over 75 diners, the Reptile House and souvenir sales area were built in 2003. The Howler monkey exhibit and tortoise house were constructed in 2006, while Cheetah and Maned Wolf enclosures were developed in the winter of 2004. 2007 saw the development of the Exmoor Beast exhibit.

Regular visitors over the years will have seen incredible changes and additions to the zoo, some of which have come from feedback given either verbally or in writing but most from the combined vision of all the staff and volunteers, past and present. Come and see.

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  • 11 February 2020 at 5:45 pm

    We LOVE exmoor zoo!! They have lots of beautiful animals to see and to hold!! Very educational and gets you out enjoying some fresh air and supping up the beautiful views up on exmoor!! I have 3 kids aged 11,9 and 5 and have taken them a few times each but would love to take them during this next half term!!

  • 11 February 2020 at 5:41 pm

    This place is right on my doorstep but haven\'t visited for years so would love to go and take the kids to viissit one day

  • 11 February 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Would love a day out at the zoo, my kids absolutely love seeing the animals, it’s such a good family day out

  • 11 February 2020 at 5:15 pm

    I would love to visit the zoo for the first time with my daughters xx

  • 11 February 2020 at 5:09 pm

    We love to win this wonderful experience as the last time we came my littlest was tiny however the joy on his face meeting all the animals was so nice to see. We would love to bring them both back for that experience

  • 11 February 2020 at 10:35 am

    Would love to come and see the pups! They look like they’re getting big now.

  • 11 February 2020 at 10:30 am

    I would love to visit Exmoor Zoo. We have lived in Devon for a year and never had the chance to visit. My children love animals and have never had the opportunity to go to a bigger zoo as we lived on a small island previously.

  • 11 February 2020 at 10:26 am

    Wonderful, friendly little zoo. Where you get to see the great work that goes into these animals and also the chance to see these animals up close. The children love it here.

  • 11 February 2020 at 10:19 am

    I would love to win this because it\'s a lovaly daub out for the children where they can enjoy seeing the animals and learning all about them. It\'s a great way to spend some quality time with the family and for them to get out and have some fresh air whilst learning.

  • 11 February 2020 at 10:15 am

    We use to bring our sons to Exmoor Zoo over 20 years ago Now we have the pleasure of taking our grandchildren who absolutely love it. It is has much fun now as it was back then except there is far more to do and see. It is so friendly there the staff are so patient with the children and adults alike. The hands on sessions are not to be missed. We cannot wait to visit again.

  • 11 February 2020 at 10:11 am

    I would luv to take my hubby and my grandchildren as heard so much about your zoo since living in Devon it\'s a lovely prize I can hope xxx

  • 11 February 2020 at 10:06 am

    We have visited exmoor zoo once 3 years ago and we found it brilliant!! Both my girls had a fantastic time and it be great to bring them again now theyre abit older and the husband as he\'s never been.x

  • 11 February 2020 at 10:01 am

    Our family loved The Exmoor wildlife park. So much to do and so many animals, a great family day out especially in the summer months watching the feeding off the animals too, a highly recommended family day out and would love to visit again with my family.

  • 11 February 2020 at 9:37 am

    I would like this ticket as our family have always enjoyed visiting Exmoor Zoo. Good value for money and very accessible and good fun.

  • 4 February 2020 at 1:28 pm

    We have visited exmoor zoo twice now and must say both times there has been slightly different things on and found it brilliant!! There is a fantasy picnic area if you want to take your own or there is a very yummy restaurant and reasonably priced. We Recommend to anyone. X

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  • Karen Steadman says:

    Exmoor Zoo is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a long time but have never got around to it. I love your guess the animal quizzes and cant believe the range of unusual and interesting species you have. I’m sure my husband would love to photograph them too.

  • Anthea whitehead says:

    I would love to visit as my son is obsessed with black panthers and would overjoyed to see the exmoor beast.

  • Lucy McMahon says:

    Visiting Exmoor this half term with my kids aged 5 and 7 who would love to see the animals – have just been told we need a new roof so it’s going to be a more frugal holiday than planned! A trip to the zoo would be an ace thing to have in our itinerary 🙂

  • Danny Moore says:

    Exmoor zoo is definitely one of my favourite zoos. For the size of the zoo the layout and use of space is just brilliant. So many different and amazing animals in wonderful natural looking habitats, and for most of the time it feels like you’re walking through a forest. A fantastic day out and we would love to win this prize because since our last visit we now have a one year old son..

  • Carol Wood says:

    Enjoyed visiting Exmoor Zoo last Sunday, very much enjoyed seeing all of the animals. (26th Jan). The weather was cold and raining but we still enjoyed ourselves. Luckily the rain cleared off in the afternoon. Staff were helpful telling us what was going on that day. We saw the armadillo come out whom likes to hide away. We enjoyed a picnic with a peacock around in the picnic area. One of the monkeys, tiny had her baby wrapped around on its first day out staff were excited. We were excited too. A beautiful sight to see. Would love to win the prize and come again.

  • Joanne bosley says:

    Hello, the last time I came to exmoor zoo was when i was a little girl myself. I now have 2 children. My youngest childs school is actually coming to visit Wednesday but he isnt allowed to go due to additional needs and the school basically not allowing him. I dont normally enter things like this..so I’m keeping all fingers and toes crossed. Kind regards
    From a hopeful family.

  • Lu Marelli says:

    My granddaughters are visiting me from Wales. They havent been to Exmoor Zoo before and I know they would be beside themselves if they did! Ive been before, tho that was quite a few years ago now. Thoroughly enjoyed it then and I can only imagine how fab it must be now. Id love to bring them along.

  • Belinda Dyrda says:

    We love Exmoor zoo. The layout of the zoo makes viewing the residents a positive experience. The staff are friendly. The interactive shows are imformative.suitable for all weathers.

  • Katherine says:

    We love Exmoor Zoo, and are so lucky to have it so close to our home! The variety of animals is astounding, and their habitats are wonderful.

    There is so much to see, staff are always happy to chat and answer questions, and the cafe and gift shop are great.

    Our favourites are the incredible Cheetahs, we also love the Marans, Civets, and Lemurs!

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