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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
The African Café & conservatory Tea rooms seat approximately 130 people. 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. Deep fat fryers are used for some food preparation and these foods are available at peak times (between 11.30am to 3.00pm daily).
The food service begins at 10.00am as the zoo opens (cooked breakfasts are available for instance up until 11.30am) and finishes at 3.00pm. 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
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 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.
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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