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I bought this for my son at 18 months and he is nearly three and still plays with it all the time! It was a brilliant purchase.
It is well constructed from strong, durable brightly coloured plastic. It has different levels of play, a slide feature, treetop swing, ice area, it really captures my son's imagination.
The talking element adds a real level of fun. The animal sounds are very lifelike. The voice is American, the volume is just about right, not too loud like some other toys.
It has a carrying handle at the top which is very useful and means my son can actually carry it out the toy cupboard himself.
The animals themselves were a bit difficult to get hold of and can be expensive - we have them all now, and managed to get some on a boots three for two so worth a look there, otherwise they range from £4-£8 in other retail stores. They fetch quite a price on eBay, so resale seems good, I imagine as people want to collect the set.
My son acts out stories with his zoo, and enjoys using it in conjunction with his other little people toys.
This is much better quality than happyland from ELC where doors fall off, stickers look tatty etc
I would really recommend fisher price toys and especially this zoo.
I foresee this toy being played with for another few years at least.
Price and Availability
I bought this set off Ebay for my daughters first birthday, I have seen a couple of these sets selling on Ebay and you can buy them used from Amazon too however it appears that the set has actually been discontinued and can no longer be bought new.
The set is part of the Little People range by Fisherprice, the sets are all pretty bulky and made so that they are suitable for little people to play with and the pieces are easy for little fingers to handle. The Little People sets are all of usual everyday areas that your child will come across such as a village, train station, farm and zoo as well as ones they are a little less likely to see such as Noah's ark.
As I bought this item off Ebay and it wasn't new I am unable to comment on how the item was packaged when new.
The toy is meant for babies from 1 year old which I honestly can't understand or see any reason why a younger child couldn't play with the toy as there are no small parts to it. When we got the toy the last owner had left the batteries inside and I have never had to change them in nearly a year so it has a great battery life, the battery area if you did need to replace them is on the underneath of the main toy and is secured with a screw so little fingers cannot get into the batteries.
The Main Piece
The main piece of the toy is the zoo area which has a grey cave, a tree with a hiding hole in the trunk and then just a enclosed area. The cave and the enclosure have little pieces of red plastic which movs back and forth so your child can open the areas and let the animals in or out. The three enclosures have little pictures on them to show which animal is meant to live in them and these are a Lion, a Polar Bear and an Elephant. There is a little platform hidden in the tree where we put the Bird character and then the Little People sign is on it too. Finally on the main piece there is a Monkey which is hidden in a bright yellow area and has a purple lever, when the lever is pressed the Monkey shoots up to the top of the tree where there is a bunch of bananas waiting for him. Emily really loves to push the lever and laughs as the Monkey shoots up, probably has something to do with her older sister saying oo, oo, ahh, ahh everytime she presses for the Monkey. The main section is brilliant in my opinion , it is really detailed, there are stickers on some off it which show the animals food and some water for the Polar Bear with brightly coloured fishes swimming in it. The toy makes you feel that a great deal of thought has gone into it and makes you feel it is a great quality toy.
With the zoo there were a great number of animals, all of these are nice and friendly looking, they are made to look realistic but child friendly and are nicely coloured too. There is a dark grey Seal holding a coloured ball in his flippers, a bright white Polar Bear, a little blue coloured Bird with a white quiff on his head and a white stomach, the Monkey who is brown and stays attached to the toy, I like the Monkey as I think he looks really cheeky. You also get a Lion in all the usual Lion colours with a lovely mane, a grey Elephant, an orange Tiger, a white Duck who has a little Duckling riding on her back, a yellow Giraffe with the usual brown splodges on him, a Camel, a Turkey, a stripy Zebra and finally there is a Kangaroo who is carrying a little teddy bear in her pouch. The animals are all very durable and my daughter has tended to chew then a little when she has been teething yet there is no damage to any of them which I have found with all Little People sets they really are great quality.
There are a few little extras that come with the zoo and the animals, first of all you get a number of red chunky fence pieces and they all have the picture of the animal they are meant to be used with on them. You also get some little people we got a little boy and a little girl although when we bought this set we were told that one of the people was missing. There is also a feeding area that the front opens on and a shed with no roof on it and finally the little boy we got was sitting in a little red vehicle.
There are a couple of things that trigger the zoo to make a noise, when we first bought this I hadn't realised it made a noise so you can imagine my surprise when I was unpacking it and it started to roar at me. Inside the Lion enclosure there is a paw print shape and when pressed you hear a roar, the speaker for the sounds is at the top of the tree so it seems a little funny when the sound doesn't come from where you press. Inside the Polar Bear enclosure there is another paw button which I think is making the noise of swishing water but this isn't really all that clear. In the Elephant enclosure the paw print makes the noise of an Elephant, this one is more convincing and the sound appears to come from the correct area this time. When the Monkeys lever is pressed there is a boing noise followed by oo,oo,oo,aah,aah,ahh which is what my daughter finds hilarious. On top of the cave there is a small yellow area which I can't really make out what it is supposed to be however the yellow platform lifts up slightly and makes the noise of a Seal so from this we worked out that this is where the Seal is supposed to sit. Finally there is a paw print in the top of the tree and when it's pressed it plays a little tunes as if a Bird is tweeting it, Emily really likes this button and she will press it and then sit and dance to the tune before pressing it again needless to say they one can get rather annoying.
Sophie enjoys playing with this with her sister and she likes to line all the animals in as if they are going on a walk like they do in school single file. She likes to tell her sister what all the animals are and she tells her what noises they make too although this gets a little more difficult when she says to me "Mam what noise does a Giraffe make?" Sophie wouldn't play with this toy on her own but she is 5 years old so I think this type of toy is a little young for her now.
Emily loves this toy, she likes all the animals and I find it quite cute when she tried to copy the Monkey noise, the Monkey is certainly her favourite out of them all. She likes to dance to the tune of the Bird and she finds it funny when Sophie jumps towards her with the Lion and lets out a roar. This has been one of her favourite toys for nearly a year now and she will quite happily sit and play with it on her own for ages. She also likes to take all the animals and put them in her buggy and take them for a walk which I find quite funny as you can just imagine what she will make of zoo animals when she sees the real size of them this summer.
There is loads going on with this toy, it is a bright and cheery toy, it is great on battery power, it is durable and my children love it. The only area of damage on this toy is on the monkey lever where you can see a crease across the plastic where it has been pushed down so many times. I would highly recommend this toy to any parent and would say the same about all of the Little People range that I have come across as they are all really good.
My daughter recieved this from her nan for her 1st Birthday in March. The zoo is available in most large toy retailers and also places like Argos and Amazon. It costs around the £35 mark depending on where you buy it. The zoo is recommended for ages 18 months to 5 years. I asked my mum to get this as my daughter has in the last few months started making animal noises and I thought this would help her develop and learn more noises.
The zoo comes in several pieces which pop together really easily. The instructions are easy to follow and it took me less than 10 minutes to assemble this. There are also several stickers that need to be stick onto the zoo. Finally you need to insert the batteries it requires 3 x AA which are included in the box.
You also get with the zoo a zookeeper figure, a polar bear, a gorilla and a lion. You can also purchase other animals separately. The zoo when it is assembled is made of sturdy plastic, the colours are bright and vivid. It can be played with from both sides making it ideal for more than one child to play with. There are four separate areas in the zoo the north and south poles, the grasslands, the jungle and the water. Each area of the zoo has a sticker with animals on to direct your child to place them in the right areas, so for example in the north and south pole there is a picture of a polar bear and a penguin, and in the water there is a space for the flamingo and the hippo. The playset also features a spinning and swinging tree top which you can place the zookeeper in, there are also a squeaky button at the top of the playset, a slide which winds around the playset for pushing the polar bear and other animals down, there is also a gate that open and closes around the back of the set and some pull down ledges to place the animals on. The main feature of the zoo is the unique pawprint, each animal has a unique code on the bottom which when placed on the pawprint tells your child what the animal is and the noise it makes. There are also other noise features from the lily pad in the water area which when depressed makes the hippo in the water open his mouth and make a hippo noise and finally there is a ticket area which when depressed or when an animal is placed on top describes the areas of the jungle or says it's time to feed the animals or put them to bed, it also plays a few different jingles.
The zoo can be set on two noise levels. I always use the highest noise setting as I find the zoo quite quiet. The zoo has a handle on the top so it can easily be moved from room to room. This makes it ideal for us as I can take it downstairs in the day and easily take it back to my daughters room in the evening. The animals that come with the zoo are really sturdy and made from squishy plastic. My daughter loves playing with the zoo she is able to place the animals on the pawprint herself and with a little help from mummy or daddy press them down to make the noise. She also likes to place the animals in the zoo and then remove them as well as try to make some of the noises. The noises are realistic and it states the name of the animal clearly. I can see this zoo lasting us years as when my daughter is older we will be able to discuss animal habitats and the different areas that they like to live. The only problem I found with this zoo was being able to get extra animals. They are widely available in the US but not over here.
You can get them on ebay and Amazon at very inflated prices. I managed to get a flamingo, tiger, hippo and an elephant from Mattel directly. They had a small stock available from the factory directly and were allowing 5 per household. You can also get them in Boots when they are in stock for £2.50. This is my only complaint with the zoo as I would like to get all the animals for my daughter, except the zebra as the toy has an American accent and I don't want my daughter to learn about 'zeebras'. I would recommend this toy and I would give it 4 out of 5 stars in the last month it has been well played with and currently my daughter seems to head for this over her other toys.
This little zoo is brilliant.
We have bought this for our little boy for chirstmas, as we saw it on offer. I think that it probably wont get a lot of use for a year or two, but after that it is lovely so hoping he will enjoy playing it.
The little people range is great, and this is a lovely addition to it. The figures are all well made and the animals friendly looking. The little noise buttons are good, although the lion noise made us laugh as it sounds like a man just making a lion noise.
The colours of the zoo, just like the rest of the little people range are bright and bold - eye catching for little eyes.
Our plan is to build up a range of different little people products and this was one of our favourites when we saw it. Thought it would be nice when the time comes for him to learn some different kinds of animals.
This is another of the Fisher Price Little People range that my daughter received for Christmas, and just like the Animal Sounds Farm it quickly became very popular and is a favourite toy of hers.
The zoo is bright green and yellow with several different fun little areas for the child to play with. As you look at the zoo, on the very left there is a Lion enclosure, the gate is opened and there is a little pawprint in which the lion is to be placed and the lion will ROOOOAARRRR. There is a little sticker on the side with some food on which the child can make the lion "eat". Above the lion enclosure is where the Sea Lion lives, there is a little yellow ledge which can be tipped up to make the sea lion slide down a slope. Also when the ledge is tipped it makes a sea lions noise.
In the centre of the zoo is the Polar Bear enclosure, just like the lions there is a little paw print which makes the polar noise when placed on. On the base of this enclosure is a pool effect with little fish in. Above the Polar Bear is a nest where a cute little bird goes and when placed on his little pawprint it sings a little song which i think is the most catchy song out of all my daughters toys!!! Alongside is a cheeky little Monkey - this is the one animal that cant be taken out of the zoo. There is a small lever at the side which when pushed down makes the monkey jump for his banana's - the child has to hit it with a little bit of force to make him get to the top! It also makes the monkeys noise when pressed. Finally there is the Elephant enclosure in front of the monkey, again there is the usual pawprint which makes the noise when the elephant is placed on, and like the lion there is a little food area with some monkey nuts for the elephant to eat.
I love this little zoo, its like a jungle effect as well as a zoo and i think it is brilliant for the childs development. Like with the farm, there is learning to match the animals with their pictures on their enclosures, it teaches them animal sounds and also is brilliant for the imagination. I have sat and listened to my daughter playing with this toy for hours and some of the little things she acts out with the animals and zookeepers is so lovely to watch and listen to.
This is definately something i would advise people to buy, its such good fun and so cute too!
We recieved this for our son's first christmas when he was 11 months and he was attracted to it straight away. 2 and a half years later my second son, who is 9 months loves picking up the animals and holding them. They fit nicely in his hands. The two of them now play with it together.
You get the base of the zoo as shown in the picture which has 6 different areas which make animal noises. There is a lion, polar bear, elephant, monkey, bird and a sea lion. They are easy for little hands to do. My son loved the bird that tweets a little song. He would keep pressing it and dancing to it. You also get a chunky little red fence which easily clips togother, a car, a little pay hut and a stable which both can be clipped into the fence. It comes with 3 people and a good selection of animals which are great for teaching your child. It is all brightly coloured and very chunky and a great toy that would attract any little one.
Little people do a range of other sets and I am beginning to collect them.
The playsets have an age range of 1 to 5 years and I do think it will last my sons till 5. My eldest son has started setting the playset up and playing with it rather then just pressing the noises and playing with the animals individually
I couldn't recommend this product anymore. Just buy it.
My daughter received the Fisher Price Little people Animal sounds Zoo for her first birthday. It was a sound favourite from a trusted name but has been in hiding in the back of the cupboard for the best part of a year.
Fisher Price Little people is an ever growing range of playsets, figures and vehicles that can be collected and added to build a whole world of Little People, from zoos and farmyards to houses, car wash and even castles.
Were in the process of moving house and all sorts of things have resurfaced, this being one of them.
My daughter is now 4 and was delighted when she saw this box and soon had all its contents scattered all over the floor.
OUr toy is exactly as that pictured in the product description but it has an alphabet mat that sits on the floor in front of this as a play mat.
Its easy to assemble. The mat and the tree house comes in one big piece then to build the zoo round the mat there is a red fence which simply snap together and pull apart. The animals are all sturdy plastic and can be played with in their own right, in other Little People sets or as part of this game. Theres even a zoo keeper included in this set sitting in his little jeep, he looks scarily like Super Mario!
I remember as a 2 year old my daughter loved hitting the sound mat and listening to the different animal noises. She used to like playing with the 5 included plastic animals and swing them in the tree swing.
As a four year old she has enjoyed pointing to the different letters on the sound mat and telling me which animal starts with that letter. There is also a music note that if you press sings an ABC song and she loves singing along with this.
This Fisher price toy is recommended for ages two to five. It requires 3 AA batteries which are included and I must say that Ive never had to replace them yet.
This must be one of the best value toys weve owned. With the age range spanning three years its not going to be outgrown too quickly. As previously mentioned it can be added to and collected.
This particular set can be surface cleaned with a damp cloth.
Currently this is selling on Amazon for £27.50 but doesnt seem readily available elsewhere as Little People is continually being updated.
I was looking for some older toys for my 18 month old when we saw this in Tesco for half price. It has been one of the best toys we have bought. My son plays with this every day and it was well worth the price we payed but I do not think it is worth the full price of £40. You get the 'base' of the zoo with 3 enclosures, a bird stand at the top and a platform for the sea lion. There is also a hidden monkey that pops up and makes a noise and the harder you hit the lever to see the monkey pop up, the higher he goes and can get to his bananas at the top which really amuses my son (he likes to feed the monkey). Good animal noises for the lion, sea lion, elephant, bird and monkey. The toy is very sturdy and withstands the usual toddler bashing that children give it. Comes with fence, a small hut, a small barn, many animals, a car, 3 figures and a couple of other little bits for a zoo. My son loves this so much I am going to buy him some more of the Little People range for christmas. I have recommended this to many of my friends and would recommend it to any other parent with young toddlers. I wouldn't say it was that suitable for a 12 month old as they don't tend to do the role play that slightly older children do. I have found this particularly good as many toys seem to be a bit too young or designed for 2-3 plus so this range is very good for children inbetween these ages.
I bought this from woolworths (so sad to seem them go) half price and wouldnt of paid full price for it as you don't really get much. It plays the animal sounds when you press the relevant buttons which my daughter loves and immitates. It sounds the lion, polar bear, bird and money. Also include is fence panels, zoo keeper and a car. She especially loves the monkey as she says shes a monkey! Its bright and colourful and very sturdy! The animals are perfect size for little hands and realistic looking. She had it for her 2nd birthday so has had it just over a year and still loves playing with it which I expected her to get bored of by now. It goes well with the other little people sets. There are picutures of each animal to show you where they go and also so you know which sound is for which animal
The zoo has various sections there is a lion, polar bear and elephant section on the bottom which all have buttons to hear the corresponding animal sounds.
On top of the Lion enclosure is a slide and place for the sea lion which also has a button to hear him bark. There is a bird on top of the polar bear which whistles a tune and a monkey which is permanently attached which when you press his button he jumps along a wire. There is detachable fence at both ends of the park. It does also come with a vehicle and zoo keepers.
I love this zoo my son plays with it a lot. It gives us something to talk about and gives different animal noises to a lot of the farm animals we have.
Apart from the animals and fence been removable there aren't parts that when lost stop it working and I don't constantly have to rebuild it.
My son seems to play with this everyday and keeps him occupied
I would recommend this product probably for at least 18 months not 12months old as advertised mostly as I think they need to be that bit older to really benefit from it
The Little People Animal Sounds Zoo that our grandson has is the one in the picture next to this product listing. Note that I saw this in Woolies the other day though and that there seems to be a small change to the panel on one side of this. So I can only review the one we've got but be aware that you might see a slightly different one in the shops.
In fact I've just checked and the Woolworths site are advertising this with the same picture as Dooyoo despite the description clearly referring to the modified set which has extra animals in it! Either way, it's £19.99 in the sale now so whichever set you wind up with is worth that price!
What out grandson especially loves about this set is driving us up the wall with the little bird song. When you press the removable bird down onto the paw print button pad, it starts tweeting "Hail to the Bus Driver" in an annoying high pitched tone. I've become almost immune to it now but it really got under my skin for a long time!
There are paw print buttons for the Lion and the polar Bear too which make their roars when pressed (either with the animal or a finger) and the monkey can be flipped up using the little lever underneath him to make a monkey squawking sound. The seal button is a bit harder to figure out, it has to be tipped up and the seal falls off and squawks but our grandson got this in no time at all.
Another great aspect of this playset are the little fence pieces that can be clipped together and to the sides of the zoo. Our grandson has lots of these Little People sets and loves nothing more than lining them all up in a row! This set has lasted him for nearly two years now and is in fantastic condition still.
Fisher Price Little People Zoo............
This is one of many presents that Jack received for his first birthday, he absolutely loves playing with it and since his birthday, which was nearly three months ago, he has hardly put it down!
My parents bought this as one of Jack's presents and we all knew it was something he wanted because every time we passed it in Woolworth's he pointed it out to us and wanted to grab it (not something he usually does or has done since!). It was on sale for £19.99 pence and the label claimed this was half price, although looking on the Internet you can pretty much pick it up everywhere for around this price.
The age range recommendation on this toy is 12 months to 3 years. It states on the back that 3 x AAA batteries are needed which are not included but it seemed that the batteries were already inside when we opened the toy.
When you buy the Zoo, you are getting more than just a few plastic animals in a couple of cages, it comes with a few different things to make up a whole Park type Zoo. The main section of the Zoo has three gates that can be opened and closed and these have pictures on them of the animals that should be enclosed in these three separate areas.
The first picture is of a lion and so indicates that this is where the toy should live. There is a button type piece to stand the lion on and when pressed, out comes the sound of a lion roaring (albeit a bad sounding lion). The second of the three areas is where the white polar bear lives and again there is a picture depicting exactly what the plastic toy looks like and when you place the plastic polar bear over the buttoned area again the roar of a polar bear will sound out (once more not a very convincing sound). With this button there is also a second sound made that is rather like the sound of running water, not a very convincing sound but good enough to make out what it is supposed to be. The third gated section is that of the elephant's enclosure, the pictured gate opens for the elephant to sit on the button, which of course gives out the sound of an elephant (slightly more convincing).
The section above the gated area had two different parts both with buttons on them. The first is up at the top of a tree and this is where the small plastic bird lives, his button sounds out a whistled tune which is quite catchy but Jack just continues to push this button so that can be a little annoying after a while. The little seal can sit up on a platform just next to the bird and his button gives a somewhat realistic seal noise which I can quite find the word for but its like a "Gulp Gulp Gulp". On the other side of the bird, a metal runner shoots down to the ground area where a bunch of bananas hang down from the tree at the top and a little money is sitting on a leaver at the bottom. The monkey's leaver can be whacked which sends the monkey whooshing all the way up to the top making a "oo oo oo ahh ahh ahh" type noise as he jumps. This monkey part is my favourite piece especially when Jack does his funny monkey noise along with it.
That was all the main sections of the Zoo described but as I said previously the toy is more than just the one part. Packed in with the toy was eight separate pieces of red chunky fencing, all with a corresponding pictures stuck on relating to one of the plastic animals that came with the set. The animals that come with the Zoo are:
The monkey that is attached to the main Zoo and cannot be taken off,
A small plastic giraffe,
A rather cute looking Elephant,
A seal (or sea lion I never know which) holding a ball,
A lion with a huge mane,
A small bright orange tiger,
A chubby white polar bear,
A two humped camel,
A rather comical turkey (although not sure why a turkey would be at a Zoo?),
A kangaroo with a stuffed teddy bear in her pouch,
A zebra with a blue bow in its tail and
A white duck with a duckling on its back.
There were also three little people, two boys and a girl. One little boy came sitting in a small red truck. Accompanying the pieces of fencing (which could all be fitted together to make one large enclosure) was an open fronted animal shed with part of the roof missing (this is where Jack usually puts the giraffe with his head poking out!), and a food booth where the front can slide open and closed.
There is so much to this toy for the money and the little people and animal can be used for different toys from this range or even a little game on their own. The animals and people all have holes in their bottoms just so they can be fitted into the peg that is in the car or on other little people toys (the train for example where the animals fit on the peg and stay on unless pulled off).
All of the pieces for this Zoo are extremely hard wearing and tough. The animals are very chunky and made from a soft to touch but tough plastic which is perfect for younger children. They are pretty much choke resistant, dribble resistant and too big too put anywhere dangerous (apart from the oven or down the toilet, although we have only had lion down the toilet so far!). The animals and the Zoo itself are easy to clean but storage is a nightmare. I don't like all Jacks toys left out in the front room I bought a large cupboard (which is very full now), but because there is so much of this toy it does take up a lot of space in the cupboard and all the small animals, fencing and people have to get put into a separate box.
Overall, I think that this Fisher Price Little People Zoo is really a worthwhile toy. Jack has picked up all the animals names and can bring me each one when I ask for it. He is able to copy the noises that are made for each of the animals apart from the elephant, which is pretty hard for me to do anyway. He chats away in baby talk to all the little animals when he is playing and he really does value it as a good toy. Not only had it been educational from the point of learning the animal's names and noises but it has been a lot of fun so far too. Sometimes I enjoy playing with it as much as Jack does and we both just adore playing with it together.
I would award this Little People Zoo with 6 stars if I could but as it goes the highest it can get is a 5 star award but trust me it is worth a lot more. Well worth getting for a little child of this age and either, a boy or a girl would love it just as much.
Who's who at the zoo? That's what toddlers will discover, with six different animals to take care of and play with. Kids can help the zookeeper feed the polar bear, seal, monkey, lion, elephant and song bird and have lots of fun playing with them in their "homes" in the zoo habitat. And when they press down on each footprint in the zoo habitat, they'll hear all the animal sounds. Removable fences open and close. Also comes with animal "food" and vehicle for the zookeeper.