We have chosen to maintain social distancing and other mitigation measures, including reduced capacity and face covering use (unless exempt) until otherwise announced, to ensure the highest standards of safety for our visitors, staff and animals.
In effect from July 19th, the following will continue.
We would request visitors to do the following although it is no longer mandatory by law.
The zoo will not be providing any close animal encounters for this season but some outdoor meet and greet sessions will take place, advertised on the day with activity boards outside the relevant enclosures.
We apologise for this inconvenience but we would appreciate your understanding for this summer period. We would hope to revert to “normal” from November 3rd (our winter schedule) subject to any new government guidelines.
Click here to download a map of the zoo
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 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
The African Café & conservatory Tea rooms seat approximately 130 people (restricted numbers at present due to Covid). The seating is conveniently located at the entrance and exit to the zoo. Hot and cold food and drinks are served all year round. Baby chairs are available. The eating areas are accessible for wheel chair users as well as push chairs.
The cafe opens at 10.00am for drinks and snacks, hot food service begins at 12.00 - 2.30pm. Take away food and drinks are available and an outside open-air patio (which offers cool summer shade under grape vines and wisteria) is nearby that can seat another 30 people around circular picnic benches. Hot menu includes toasties, jacket potatoes, burgers, chips, etc
The zoo has several picnic areas. You are more than welcome to bring your own picnic lunches. An undercover picnic area is situated next to the playground and can be served by the Snack Shack in main summer school holiday term times.
An open unsupervised playground is available next to the encounter zone where the organised animal encounter handling sessions take place. This includes trampolines which require your supervision when your children use them. It is next to the covered seating area for picnics, so visitors can sit and relax and keep their children under supervision.
Currently unavailbe due to covid 19
A permanent zoo stamp trail exists which your children can collect the stamps hidden around the zoo. A certificate or medal is offered for them on completion (£1.00 each). Virtually every month there is also a different trail quiz dependent on the advertised event (link to monthly events). This is a free option and often a gift on completion can be available (please ask).
Exmoor zoo is on the side of a typical North Devon valley. The entire site is on an incline. There are no steps around the main zoo trail except those accessing lookout structures and in the separate steep nature trail at the bottom of the zoo. Lower level windows have been built into enclosures for viewing. The average slope is 1 in 8 and 75% of paths have a tarmacadam surface. The zoo recommends and has for hire mobility scooters. Please click here for the detailed zoo disability statement.
We regret that dogs, except guide dogs, are not allowed into the zoo.
We are a BALAI registered zoo which means we can have no movement of animals in or out of the zoo except from another registered BALAI institution.
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