We feel that when you visit the most important purpose is to walk around and enjoy exploring the zoo! Exmoor zoo in the late Spring and summer has a lovely "tropical exploration" feel to the park. A zoo trail is set out just so everybody does not miss any of the exhibits. The paths wind and places are hidden from each other and vegetation like the bamboo and gunnera give a very "jungle" like atmosphere.
Keep a look out for all our native animals, birds and insects as you walk around as we do our best to encourage these. Orchids grow in some of the marsh paddocks, scabious offers food for our marsh fritillaries (butterflies) and the budlea magnificent in bloom in August can bring in hundreds of nectar feeding butterflies. What ever month you visit something native will be happening - charms of goldfinch on seeding thistle in winter, bulfinches in the cold months of January and February raiding the budlea seed heads, cheeky sparrows stealing feathers from our exotic birds in March and April to line their nests.
We have provided a few images of the trail to give you a feel for the zoo - but beware, we do have some animals and birds that live free within the confines of the zoo!
New for 2014
Nature trail extension
This winter the zoo has finished creating a natural trail through the abandoned wildlife area below the cheetah enclosure. Most of the bramble, gorse and willow has been cut back and a path that enables our more able bodied visitors (it is very steep and steps have had to be incorporated) to walk along the stream at the bottom of the valley is now complete. It is our intention to allow a small flock of Soay sheep to roam free within the area to encourage the grass meadow to rejuvenate. Below are some current images! Chiffchaff, siskins, spotted flycatchers, black caps and little owls are just some of the birds that regularly use this area!