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Top 10 Recommended Zoos And Wildlife in South West England

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Zoos And Wildlife in South West England
Whilst we'd recommend discovering the region's wildlife on the high moors of Dartmoor National Park or the coast of Exmoor National Park, the pebbled beaches of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site or the chalk downland of Wiltshire and Dorset, we'd also point you in the direction of South West England's many zoos and aquariums. Browse our 'Top 10 Recommended Zoos and Wildlife in South West England' list for ideas. By James Penman.

Longleat Safari Park

One of England's top wildlife attractions. Driving through the monkey enclosure is always a joy. See giraffe, lion, tigers, rhinos and more. Whilst you're there, visit Longleat House and Longleat Adventure Park.

Dartmoor Zoological Park

On the southern fringe of Dartmoor National Park and the subject of the book 'We Bought a Zoo'. Great place. Afterwards, walk on the moors or head to a South Devon beach.

Paignton Zoo

English Riviera zoo. Huge range of animals and always busy. In the local area, visit Living Coasts and The Golden Hinde (Devon), Kents Cavern and Babbacombe Model Village.

Exmoor Zoo

On the fringe of Exmoor National Park and close to the mighty sand beaches of the North Devon AONB. Wonderful mix of big and small animals.

Abbotsbury Swannery

Dorset swannery close to Chesil Beach. Monks used to farm swans here. Today, it's a unique experience to walk through a colony of nesting Mute Swans.

National Marine Aquarium

Superb attraction in Plymouth. The largest aquarium in the UK, there's a room with a huge and impressive tank the size of a cinema screen. Amazing place.

Dartmoor Ponies

Wild ponies in Dartmoor National Park. Difficult to say for certain where they'll be but it's rare you won't see one on a holiday or weekend break to the Park.

Shaldon Zoo

On the Devon coast to the north of The English Riviera. The local area is stunning. Walk the South West Coast Path here too.

Living Coasts, Devon

A coastal zoo by the sea in Torquay. We've visited many times and it never disappoints.