We happened upon Paradise Park by pure chance, when our original plans were unavoidably changed. We diverted to the park, having driven past many times on route to other Cornish attractions.
If I'm honest, I'm not a fan of Zoo's and wildlife parks, being of the opinion that birds and animals are far better off in the wild.
I arrived not expecting much, and thought the £14:95 entrance fee was going to be regretted.
How wrong I was??
Although rather compact, the park is well laid out, and easy to walk around, with an amazing selection of birds from around the world, most of which have been bred at Paradise Park.
Small, easy to read plaques on each enclosure, gives a brief description of the animals / birds within, a nice clear photo (so you can check it's what you're actually looking for!) and each one tells you where they originate from, and more importantly, their survival state in the wild.
They have various animals to look at, including pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and some smaller rodents (degus and chipmunks) they also have penguins and a pair of otters, and a family of Red Pandas (of which they are fairly heavily involved in charity work for their protection) offering "up close" experience's for interested customers, with a portion of the fee going straight to their charity (The Red Panda Network) "which is committed to the conservation of wild Red Pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities."
Although two visiting adults, children seem to be well catered for, with a play park (indoor and outdoor), swings, slides and climbing apparatus, and plenty for them to see and do, as well as inclusion in the free flight show in the main picnic area.
There are various feeding and demonstration displays throughout the day, where you can watch the birds / animals being fed, with helpful staff on hand to answer any questions you may have?
The highlight for me was the free bird flying display, which is accompanied by a well presented talk on each species being flown, and good interaction with the audience, using well trained birds that seemed happy and content with short flights showing their various skills and abilities, which I found very interesting. This culminated with a flight of half a dozen of their large macaws, which I must say looked spectacular being flown around the skies above the park, and showing off the great work that Paradise Park does as the world headquarters of The Parrot Trust. They have successfully bred various breeds of parrot, releasing them into the wild in their native countries in an effort to increase the population of these beautiful birds, which are becoming dangerously low, due to habitat demolition, and other problems including the pet trade.
There is a small cafe for refreshments and sweet treats which was modestly priced, with ice cream being sold both indoors, and outside near the picnic area.
There is ample seating both indoors and under cover (in case of inclement weather), making this a great place for an affordable day out, with plenty to amuse, entertain and educate the whole family.
I might add that a large portion of your entrance fee goes directly to the upkeep of the park, as well as benefiting their charity work.
The park is clean and tidy, and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
I arrived feeling somewhat sceptical, and left happy, intrigued, and satisfied that I had "done my bit" to help with the development of one of Cornwall's hidden gems!
Thank you to all involved with the running of Paradise Park. We had a wonderful time, and I can highly recommend you go and see for yourself.
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