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“Soft play”
Review of Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo
Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Atherstone
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Owner description: Twycross Zoo is renowned as a specialist primate zoo and has a wide variety of monkeys and apes including the UK's only group of bonobos. We have breeding groups of many endangered primate species so we often have babies and toddlers playing around in our orang utan and bonobo groups, and in many of our monkey groups. Set in more than 80-acres, we have around 900 animals of more than 160 species to see, including many native species in the Zoo's Nature Reserve. You can walk with our ring-tailed lemurs in their new walk-through enclosure; see our giant tortoises sunbathing in their new grass area and watch our penguins take their daily walk. Our keepers present regular talks and feeds where you can learn a bit more about some of our animals such as the chimpanzees, penguins and meerkats. Twycross Zoo's award winning Education Department offers a variety of discovery opportunities for many different types of groups and parties. The Zoo holds the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, all sessions are curriculum linked and all are designed to best engage all age groups.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My children love the soft play brilliant for all ages worth every penny equipment all clean and looks new

Thank gpiancastelli
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TwycrossZooManager, Manager at Twycross Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your lovely feedback - we're glad you enjoyed your recent visit to the Jungle-soft play.

We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The last time I visited the zoo a couple of years ago it was in great need of a revamp and all there seemed to be was monkeys . We decided to visit for my grandsons 2nd birthday on Sunday,we expected to only be there a few hours. We were so pleasantly surprised the zoo has had major renovations done and it is fab. We were there from 10.00am until 5.30pm . The new enclosures are great for the animals . The layout of the zoo is very good and seems spacious and is easy to walk round even with a pushchair . We were so happy to see they had got elephants as we had heard rumours they were going because the zoo had got giraffes. There is a good variety of animals for a fairly small zoo and on this occasion we saw a lot of zoo babies. The main animals that I would have loved to have seen which they have not got was lions and tigers but they do have snow leopards. It was a lovely sunny day and there are some picnic benches and plenty of grassed areas with trees for shade to sit and have your picnic. There are a couple of lovely outside play parks and also there is a indoor play centre (you have to pay an additional cost for the play centre ) we did not use it as there was plenty to do outside and it was a really hot and sunny day. There is also a wet play area with lots of water squirting out, fountains etc... My 2 year old and six year old grandchildren loved it and we had taken their swimming costumes all the children in there were having fun. The gift shop has a lot of choice and is well stocked There is a restaurant we did not use it on this occasion. There were a few icecream kiosks. The only little gripe was the hut advertising waffle cones which are usually more expensive with a choice of ice creams did not have waffle cones only wafer cones . I asked if they had sold out to be told they never had any, so went to another kiosk and had ice Lollies instead .

Thank Loobylou1963
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TwycrossZooManager, Manager at Twycross Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your lovely feedback - we're glad you enjoyed your recent visit to the zoo.

regarding your catering comments we have forwarded them on to our catering team for them to review.

We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a weekday as part of a school trip. It was very busy and you can see why. The zoo has a nice variety of animals and you feel like you are getting very close to some of them especially the giraffes, and the butterfly forest.
The children really enjoyed themselves and learnt a lot of new facts. There are a lot of cute photo opportunities. The picnic area is nice and clean and so are the bathrooms.
They also have a play area for children in case they are tired of animals. Would recommend and definitely plan to come again

Thank Summayah K
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TwycrossZooManager, Manager at Twycross Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your lovely feedback - we're glad you enjoyed your recent visit to the zoo.

We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Twycross Zoo is much improved since my last visit and I was genuinely impressed by most of the animal enclosures - all too often I am left feeling a little sad seeing animals in captivity, however as many of the species here are endangered they are part of the important conservation work the zoo takes part in.
My favourite encounter was getting very close to the Lemurs being fed in the walkthrough area, though a close second was feeding the Lorikeets by hand. Other highlights were the giraffes, penguins, otters, flamingos, tapirs and primates, who all seemed genuinely well cared for and were displaying relatively natural behaviour.
The Wet and Wild area was perfect for cooling off on the hottest day of the year.
The food in the restaurant was excellent with some lovely vegetarian options and a good kids menu.

Thank Suzi C
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TwycrossZooManager, Manager at Twycross Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your lovely feedback - we're glad you enjoyed your recent visit to the zoo.

We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to Twycross Zoo on a daytrip with college. and i wasn't impress with the place at all No reptile house No Tigers or Lions at all it seem all the best animals are gone. there no coffee shops or ice cream kiosk that were open. the only thing they had was a fish and chips shop that rips people off with their extortion prices £8.50 for Fish n Chips for something that is just taste the from the local Chippy and cheaper too who the hell do they think they are ripping people like that. this place need to sort it self out by adding a reptile house and the tigers and lion because I was already falling asleep with the boardom

4  Thank Dean H
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TwycrossZooManager, Manager at Twycross Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback, we welcome all of our visitor feedback so we can make improvements for the future.

All of our prices are benchmarked against other similar zoos and attractions across the UK.

As a conservation charity we rely on the funds made through ticket sales to help us look after our animals as well as make developments to the zoo.

Over the last few years we have made lots of new developments including Gibbon Forest, Giraffe Savannah and our most recent habitat Chimpanzee Eden. We have lots more plans over the next few years - more information is coming very soon.

Our animal collection is vast and varied and we currently hold approx. 500 individuals composed of 150 different species. We do not have many empty enclosures but we do give our animals the choice to move between their indoor and outdoor area, so this may be why you feel there were lots of empty enclosures. It is important to give animals this choice as it promotes good welfare, and the vast majority of our indoor areas are accessible to the public.
Over the years the animal collection does change as it is important that we are fulfilling the vital role of conservation. So we do go out of some species, and bring new ones in, often based on how endangered the animals are and how we can best provide for their needs. This also explains why some enclosures move, or rather why the animals move to new enclosures, and enclosures are redeveloped for different species.

Occasionally we may have to take an animal “off-exhibit” for an urgent veterinary or welfare reason but we try to avoid this as much as possible and where we have to do this we do our best to keep visitors informed.

We hope to see you again soon.

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