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“Nice little zoo”
Review of Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo
Ranked #9 of 63 things to do in Newquay
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Set in lush sub-tropical gardens, Newquay Zoo is home to more than 1,000 of the world's rare and exciting creatures. Just a short walk from Newquay's town centre and world famous surfing beaches, the Zoo is both one of Cornwall's most exciting visitor attractions and a leading conservation charity. It's the only place in Cornwall where you can see lions devour their lunch before taking a leisurely stroll through a tropical rainforest, surrounded by free flying birds. Keeper talks and animal feeds take place throughout the day but if you fancy an even closer animal encounter we offer visitors the chance to meet and feed our cheeky lemurs, friendly penguins and impossibly cute meerkats! See wildebeest, waterbuck, nyala antelope and zebra roaming in our African Savannah and enjoy some familiar faces in The Village Farm - one of our most popular exhibits which includes many children's favourites such as pot-bellied pigs, African pygmy goats, turkeys and striped squirrels. And if all that isn't enough to keep the kids amused, we also have activity trails, face painting, a children's play area, dragon maze...and much more. Besides enjoying a great family day out, when you visit Newquay Zoo you'll also be supporting our vital education, research and conservation work, all designed to protect endangered animals from extinction. We're playing a key role in the international effort to save animals through conservation breeding.
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Nice little zoo
Though little, there were quite a few animals to see
Also the fact that you could return within 7 days using the same ticket is fantastic

Thank ayinkusus
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

The setting of this zoo is great, it's like walking through a garden park. A lot of thought has gone into the enclosures to make sure that there is a balance between protecting the animals, protecting the visitors, and making the animals as easy to see as possible - evidenced by the fact that just as we were ending our visit one of the lemurs managed to jump onto a floating log and escape across the lake into the top of a tree on the path! The staff were immediately onto it, locking up the male so that he couldn't follow and trying to lure the escapee down with a banana. It was an entertaining end to our visit! Some of the negative reviews mention that they couldn't see animals in cages - well, that's the downside of a modern zoo environment where animals are left alone to sleep and hide whenever they like, rather than being forced to perform to human demands. But they have tried to accommodate this as much as possible - one enclosure has a periscope-type mirror so that you can see the animals asleep inside. Also, you have to be patient and keep your eyes open. We didn't see anything in the red panda enclosure so carried on walking but when we past it later other people pointed out one sitting high up in a tree where we hadn't looked. I also think people who complain about the size of cages are complaining to the wrong people - these places are highly regulated, so it's the government you need to write to. Also, conservation and education is now a major part of zoos' role - entry money allows them to invest in supporting environment and animals all over the world. I thought it was good value - £13 for an adult for more than 90 mins, and we could have taken longer.

1  Thank homelover
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

It cost £35 for two adults and two children but that gave us one week of free entry. We could have spent all day there but, being tourists, wanted to move on after a couple of hours. It is clean...toilets too...and food did not cost too much. A really lovely place we are so glad we visited

1  Thank Dipcah
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

I quite like this zoo. It is pretty small, and it doesn't have elephants or giraffes, but it does have super cute things like warty pigs, free-roaming tiny adorable monkeys (they may have just escaped), and swimmy otters.

There may or may not be a red panda - we cannot confirm nor deny.

The food is alright, the ice cream is good, and the staff are really nice. The major downsides are the lack of free parking, and the lack of racoons. I love RACOONS.

To be honest, it is the jewel in the crown of Newquay: the Magaluf of Cornwall.

1  Thank Charlotte P
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

I have visited the zoo twice now and find it a enjoyable place to go . Having said that it is rather expensive to get in and they push you to gift aid your ticket price on entry.
You will only need a half day to look around but the animals are well looked after and if you have kids they will love it there.

Thank Bretttherunt
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