Cornish Days Out: Newquay Zoo

August 26, 2015 by becca.lazar No Comments

Newquay Zoo

If your family get excited by feathers, fur and flippers then you couldn’t find a better day out than Newquay Zoo. Cornwall’s largest Zoo houses 130 different species of animal and whilst not exactly the size and scale of Bristol or London Zoo, or even Paignton for that matter, Newquay Zoo is a great animal lovers day out on its own, or as part of a larger day out to Newquay. The zoo has a boutique feel to it and a welcoming atmosphere. All the cute animals are in easy view, whilst the more slimy reptilian creatures are behind closed doors.

One of the best things about Newquay Zoo is the way the keepers interact with the animals and us, the public. Throughout the day, there are opportunities to get up close with the animals, watch feedings and ask questions. They are a friendly bunch and the day’s activities are well advertised on your way into the zoo. The meerkats are particularly adorable during feeding time.

One of the highlights of the day is the animal encounter and Pickle the penguin. Pickle was hand reared by zoo keepers after his parents were forced to abandon their eggs when their nest was flooded. Penguins mate for life, but Pickle seems to feel more at home with humans than with his fellow penguins.  As such, he follows the keepers round, gets up close for photographs and, on occasion, will even let you have a little stroke. Apparently he has a crush on one of the head keepers too.

Being smaller than your average zoo is no bad thing. You can really see animals up close and the lions, when they’re not dozing on platforms, are awe inspiring to watch playing with giant cat toys – possibly filled with cat nip, or maybe just meat?

As well as the animals there’s an adventure trail for the children to follow, face painting and other educational activities.

The zoo are also offering special experiences that would be perfect for your junior zoologists with a birthday coming up. For £70 you can become a junior zoo keeper for the day (with a free accompanying adult), or you can have a penguin experience, feed the lions, meerkats or lemurs.

The one area that the park does fall down on slightly is its café. There are plenty of places for snacks, ice creams and drinks, but if you need something more substantial we would recommend taking a picnic and using one of the zoos many open picnic areas instead.

All in all, Newquay Zoo is a fun and informative day out for the family. Make sure you take full advantage of the feedings and chances to get close to the animals.

Visit their website here.

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