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Nickelodeon Land (Blackpool)
My friend and I took our kids aged 9 and 12 to Nickelodeon Land and the Pleasure Beach and we had a fantastic day....it kept us busy all day and we were thoroughly exhausted when we came out!! Our favourite rides were the Nickelodeon Streak which is the old Roller Coaster for those who remember the original!! It was ... great..both kids loved it and it was not too scary for the 9 year old and suitably hedonistic for the 12 year old!! We also loved Avatar which is a ride that spins round and then runs up and down a track whilst spinning...you sit on the outside so it is not for the faint hearted!! Our kids loved it but I would not recommend that particular ride for under 9s
We paid with clubcard vouchers and it cost us about £8 of those each....it would have been nearly £100 for the 4 of us if we had paid cash which we felt was really expensive....if you don't have clubcard vouchers you can get a Blackpool pass which lets you in to about 10 attractions including this one for about £70 which I would strongly recommend.
The downside was that there were not enough grown up rides for our 2 in Nickelodeon Land so we were glad that our passes covered us for the Pleasure Beach too...between the two parks there was more than enough for all of us to do. The inevitable queues are always a nuisance and you can buy fast passes but I wouldn't bother...we only queued between 5 and 25 minutes for any ride. The food is quite overpriced too so if you can take your own then I would advise it or get a stamp and pop out for food along the Golden Mile
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Myself and my boyfriend visited London Zoo in June this year. I visited London Zoo once before but I was only about five years old and don't remember it that well. Being a massive animal's lover, it was a trip I was very much looking forward to. Getting There London Zoo is actually located within Regents Park in London ... which is bizarre because walking through Regents Park itself, you would never believe that there is an entire Zoo hidden away inside the grounds. We found getting there very easy; we took the tube to Regents Park station and then simply walked through the park to the entrance of the zoo.
There are two different prices for entering the zoo. One amount is charged during peak season and another amount at mid season. For details of mid and peak season, please see the London Zoo website. You also have to option to contribute an optional donation in your admission fee so this affects the price also. The entrance costs are as follows;
Mid season (without optional donation): Adult - £17.20, Child - £13.70, Concession - £15.70 and under 3's go free.
Mid season (with donation): Adult - £19.00, Child - £15.50, Concession - £17.50 and under 3's go free.
Peak season (without optional donation): £18.00, Child - £14.20, Concession - £16.30 and under 3's go free.
Peak season (with donation): Adult - £19.80, Child - £16.00, Concession - £18.30 and under 3's go free.
There are also many special offers you can take advantage of. For example, you can take the train to London and then benefit from 2 for 1 entry on the most popular attractions in London, including the zoo. If you book online, you can take advantage of a 10 % discount and finally, you can use Tesco Clubcard vouchers to pay for your trip. We had loads of Tesco Clubcard vouchers that were due to expire so we used these vouchers to pay for your entrance.
Until 5th September the park is open 10am to 6pm, from 6th September until 30th of October the park is open 10am until 5.30pm, from 31st October to 7th of November the park is open 10am until 4.30pm and finally from 8th of November until early 2011 the park is open from 10am until 4pm.
Getting Into The Park
We arrived at the zoo at around 11am (the zoo opened at 10am the day we visited). Upon getting to the entrance there was a rather large queue which filtered halfway up the road. We joined the end and waited to see how long it would take. To our surprise, the queue went down very quickly and within ten minutes we were called over to a ticket booth to pay. We gave the lady behind the desk our clubcard vouchers which we had previously exchanged for vouchers for the zoo. She quickly processed these and then informed us that we could buy an information book about the zoo for £5 and that £5 went directly towards the work they did at the zoo. We took this offer and found the booklet to be very useful during our visit.
I am not going to bore you with the details of every single animal we saw during our visit. Instead I will just talk about the main highlights for me and the things I particularly enjoyed during my visit. The animals are broken down into the following section;
There are literally hundreds of mammals to see inside the zoo. Animals such as Giraffes, Lions, Gorilla's, Sumatran Tiger's, Meerkats, Lemurs and Hippos as well as various types of primates can be seen here and that's just to name a few. Although the animals are broken down into sections, they are not actually designed in sections so as you walk around you may see a mammal enclosure followed by an animal from the Bird section. There are also various exhibits within the zoo which include animals from each of the sections I will outline.
All the mammal enclosures were exceptionally clean and large. One thing I particularly liked was that every enclosure had an area that you could not see which allowed the animals to have time away from prying eyes. This also meant that you might not always see every animal but to me, the animals well being is more important than whether I manage to catch a glimpse of them. Having said that, we saw pretty much every animal in the mammal section with no problems.
My favourites from the mammal section included the Gorillas. They had a humongous enclosure which had an indoor as well as an outdoor section. The indoor section had a climbing frame and play area for them and you could view then interacting with one another through huge glass panels. Volunteers walk the grounds of the zoo throughout the day providing you with information about the animals and one of the volunteers near the Gorilla section spoke to us for a while about the Gorillas and told us that the one we were watching was pregnant and that's why she has chosen to sit indoors and chill out away from the sunshine. The other section of the Gorilla enclosure was outdoors and consisted of trees and big grassy banks for the Gorillas to enjoy roaming time. Half of the enclosure is surrounded by a small river and certainly makes for a very beautiful setting from which to watch the Gorilla's.
I also really enjoyed the Otter enclosure. Partly because I adore otters but mainly because their enclosure was lovely. Again very big and about as close to their natural environment as you can get. They had a massive pond with lots of grassy banks surrounding it. Within the pond there was a raised area which had water running from the top which sort of acted like a waterslide for the Otters to play on. We enjoyed a good ten minutes of watching the Otters play on this as well as grooming each other and eating their food (which consisted of dead rats).
Meerkats are another favourite of mine simply because I think they are so interesting to watch. Their enclosure was large and low down meaning that in order to see them; you had to stand a look over the top of their enclosure. There were glass panels around the outside of the enclosure to enable children and people in wheelchairs to still be able to see into the enclosure. One of the highlights of our visit for me was seeing the baby Meerkats; there were absolutely tiny but already so independent, playing amongst themselves and digging great big holes all over the place!
I must also mention the various types of primates such as the squirrel monkeys, ring tailed lemurs, white cheeked gibbons and the golden lion tamarins to name a few. The enclosures were full of high branches, ropes and swings for the monkeys to amuse themselves with and boy did they! We spent a lot of time just stood watching the monkeys flying across their enclosure and using the various items within in, swinging from the branches or just sat on one of the platforms grooming each other.
Lastly, I enjoyed the Tigers, Lion and Servals (which are cat like). Their enclosures were massive and they had plenty of areas where they could hide away from the visitors which I believe it vital for a healthy zoo animal. Although these animals are considered shy, we managed to see all of them, even if it did mean hanging around the enclosure and really having to look hard to see the bright orange coat of the Tiger as he lay in the grass.
The birds are housed in various sections across the zoo depending on what sort of habitat they require. For example, certain birds such as the Penguins, Vultures, Flamingos and Pelicans are housed with plenty of water so they are able to swim but birds such as the Macaws and Hornbills are housed in massive aviaries.
Penguins are another animal I enjoy watching and although I enjoyed the Penguin enclosure I did feel that it was tucked away in a corner when I feel that this is one of the main attractions. The penguins had a large swimming area as well as lots of banks all around for them to stand on land when they wished to. The viewing area is raised over the top of the enclosure meaning you can get really good views of the penguins and watch them going about their daily routines. You can see them swimming from the top of the water but sadly, you cannot see them under the water.
The Vultures are just inside the main entrance and have huge enclosures with lots of overturned branches on the floor. Most of the vultures were sat on top of one of these branches and one even decided to splay out his wings and walk around in a slow circle which was amazing as you it enabled us to get a sense of just how big these birds are. You could also see the vultures eating, pinning the dead rats down with their massive talons and then ripping them apart with their beaks.
I enjoyed seeing the Macaws, Hornbills and various types of Owls too. The enclosures varied depending on the birds. For example, the Macaws and Hornbills had lots of free flying areas so they could stretch their wings as they would do in the wild but birds such as they owls had lots of bushy areas within the aviaries which means they can roost and hide away from visitors. The owls also had indoors sections right at the back of their enclosures with perches inside so they can have darkness as they would do in the wild.
Overall I enjoyed all the bird sections at the zoo and I felt that each species had been catered to, ensuring that they had as near to natural environments as possible.
I really enjoyed this section and thought that it was very educational with loads of signs up explaining the weird and wonderful facts of each little critter. Animals that can be seen in the invertebrates section include Hissing Cockroaches, various types of Jellyfish, Bird Eating Spiders and Leaf Cutting Ants.
The invertebrates section in entirely indoors with the entrance being one end and then you follow the various exhibits round until you meet the exit.
I really enjoyed watching the leaf cutting ants and was surprised to see that part of the display was out in the open. The ants were housed in two tanks with a large branch joining the two. There were a variety of leaves placed in one tank which the ants were cutting out and walking back along the branch to the other tank which was quite clearly their nest. The ants were very large, probably about four times as big as the average ants we all get in our gardens. It was so interesting watching them cut sections of the leaf away and then marching it back across the branch to their nest. The branch is completely out in the open and although there is a barrier to stop you actually touching it, you can get up really close to the exhibit and watch each little ant.
I found the Bird Eating Spider interesting to look at as I have never seen one in the flesh before. It was much bigger than I expected and was housed in a clear tank which was very dark (he would naturally live in the dark).
Finally, I really enjoyed looking at the Jellyfish. They were obviously housed in aquariums but the aquariums had subtle lights behind them which changed colour every fifteen seconds or so making it look like the jellyfish were changing colour. They were really fascinating to watch because it is not an animal you would come across naturally very often and it was interesting to study them in detail without the fear of being stung.
Reptiles and Amphibians
This is another section that is quite educational and certainly very interesting. The majority of the reptiles and amphibians are housed in a purpose built walk through house which is in total darkness, although each individual tank is lit up.
I was surprised to see just how massive the tanks were, even the smaller lizards had so much room it was surprising they didn't get lost. Animals that can see seen here include Turtles, Bearded Dragons, Pythons, Cobras and Komodo Dragons.
Again, each enclosure had been carefully designed to cater for the animal housed inside. For example, the snakes had enclosures that were tall rather than wide with lots of branches for them to coil themselves over. Whereas the Komodo Dragon enclosure was really long and had fallen branches for them to bask on.
I enjoyed watching the Terrapins which had a large pond area too swim in, with a grassy area at the back. You could see them swimming and taking time out to sit on a rock and bask under their heat lamps.
I also enjoyed getting up close and personal to the Komodo Dragons as again this is an animals that you couldn't view in close up in the wild. I thought it was fascinating looking at the various patterns on their scales and the spikes running all along their backs.
There is a walk through Butterfly House which is exceptionally hot! You can literally see hundreds of different types of butterflies in here as they land on all the lush vegetation that surrounds you. There is a member of staff stationed in here to answer any questions and also to ensure that the visitors do not try and touch the butterflies. AT the ends of the walk through section there is a feeding area that all the butterflies are attracted to. You can stand here and really watch each type of butterfly as they come here to feed. Great photo opportunities to be had here! Also at the end are all the different types of cocoons, where the caterpillars turn into butterflies. I found this section very interesting because each cocoon is labelled and you are able to see the various sizes and which butterfly they are eventually going to turn out to be.
Goes without saying, this area obviously houses all the fish. The Aquarium is actually a very special feature of the zoo as it was the first aquarium to ever be opened in the whole world when it was opened back in 1853. Nowadays it is separated into three different halls and contains all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures. Hall one contains the animals that are currently involved in London Zoo's conservation projects. The fish in this hall are endangered and some are even classed as extinct in the wild so the work they do at London Zoo is vital.
Hall two contains Coral Reef Tanks which are very bright and beautiful. The coral reefs are almost as interesting as the fish. The tanks and huge and look exceptionally clean. Many various types of fish can see seen here including Banner Fish, Lion Fish and Butterfly Fish and of course the fish made famous by Finding Nemo - The Clown Fish!
Hall three contains the Amazonian tanks which house all the fish that would be found in the Amazon. Included in this section is the 'Flooded Rainforest' exhibit which is humongous and houses several stingrays. Other fish that can be seen here include the Lungfish and Piranhas.
Lastly, you can see into the Breeding section within the Aquarium which is very interesting and there are many signs around here explaining all the brilliant work that goes into this program.
I loved the Aquarium. I thought so much effort and thought had gone into creating each tank. I particularly liked the Amazonian section as you literally felt like you were walking around the Amazon Rainforest!
As I mentioned earlier in my review, there are various exhibits within the zoo which are specific to each type of animal. These exhibits include;
This exhibit is housed within a restored Victorian bird house. This is a walk through enclosure where you can see various tropical birds surrounded by tropical plants. There are little streams running throughout and even an indoor waterfall. This exhibit is very warm so you really do feel like you are walking through a tropical rainforest.
This exhibit is aimed at children and is designed to teach children about the animals housed at the zoo. It is a hands on exhibit where they can learn about the sights, sounds and smells of the animal world.
Asian Big Cats
This is the new exhibit for 2010 and is where you can learn about the fantastic conservation work that takes place at London Zoo. This exhibit is attached to the Big Cat enclosures so you can views the animals whilst learning interesting facts about the habitats and interesting figures such as how many are left in the wild.
Giants Of The Galapagos
This exhibit plays a massive part in the conservation work that happens at London Zoo. It houses the Galapagos Giant Tortoises which certainly live up to their names.
This exhibit allows you to encounter a Rainforest in the middle of London. You can see all kinds of animals that are native to the Rainforest including Armadillos, Monkey and my favourite - the Sloth. There is also a nocturnal section in here which is obviously in complete darkness and allows you to see all the animals that would usually only venture out at night time in the rainforest - a real privilege.
I mentioned this exhibit when I was talking about the Gorilla's earlier. You can learn interesting facts about the Gorillas when visiting this exhibit such as how much it cost to build their enclosure, the names of the Gorillas and interesting statistics about the Gorilla's.
The other exhibits are Butterfly Paradise, B.U.G.S and Penguins - all of which I talked about earlier.
Food And Drink
There are many places to sit down and have something to eat or drink. These include Oasis Restaurant, Oasis Coffee Bar, Pancake Shop, Animal Adventure Cafe, Fish N Chips, Oasis Picnic Shop and the Meerkats Kiosk. There are also various hot dog and ice cream carts dotted around the park so as you can see, you are literally spoilt for choice. Opening times for each of these are seasonal and do vary though.
We ate at the Oasis Restaurant where we had a wrap, a piece of cake and a smoothie. My one grumble was that prices were quite expensive but then they always tend to be in places like this so we kind of expected it. My smoothie was £3 and my piece of cake was £2.50 but they were very yummy!
In summary, I would highly recommend a day out here. I think that the admission costs are more than reasonable especially considering this is London and you can easily spend the entire day here. I thought the enclosures were all fantastically thought out, large and clean. I can't think of one area of the zoo that I disliked. The conservation work that happens here is vital to the animal kingdom and personally I think that if I can do even a little bit to help with this fantastic work then I will do. There are plenty of toilet facilities, the entire zoo caters for disabled people and there is plenty of choice when it comes to food and drink. If you are an animal lover and want a fantastic day out, at a good price then I would highly recommend a visit here.
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Crocodiles of the World (Oxfordshire)
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Shaun was an ordinary guy whom lives in the outskirts of Oxford with his partner Lisa and their three kids. They lived in a normal house, only Shaun kept 23 crocodiles in his back garden. In 2007, Shaun survived a near-fatal illness, and as he recovered he vowed to pursue his ultimate reptilian dream, which as to open the first ever Crocodile Zoo in Britain with each of the 23 species of crocodile in the world. So Shaun quite his job and got to work. In 2010 the zoo was opened and although it has been running for a few years now they are now in the middle of building a new zoo 5 miles away from their current location where they can house more crocodiles and make the zoo better for their customers. As well as housing the crocodiles there are lots of other highlights to the zoo including glass underwater viewing enclosure for the Nile crocodiles, Hatchling and incubator boxes, Feeding displays three times a day (at weekends), Opportunity to hold a baby crocodile and there are also other incredible species here including monitor lizards, iguanas, turtles, tortoises, fish and more.
I can't explain what it is, but I have a real love for crocodiles and I think they are beautiful and amazing reptiles. I knew about 'Croc Man' (Shaun Foggett) as I used to watch his show on Channel 5 when it aired. This show was about having crocodiles in his back garden and about setting up the zoo. We saw how Shaun set up the enclosures for the crocodiles and how he transported them from his home to the zoo. Although I really wanted to visit the zoo, I knew it was quite a way from where my boyfriend lived so the chances of going here weren't very likely before Christmas. Little did I know a few weekends ago my boyfriend decided to drive all the way to the zoo and take me there as an early Christmas present which I was extremely pleased and very happy about. We had to set off at around 9am as the journey was going to take over an hour and possibly a total of 2hrs. My boyfriend purchased the tickets online to ensure that we secured a place at the zoo. The zoo is currently only open at the weekends.
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Visiting the Zoo
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When you get near the zoo and approach the entrance to the car park there will be a sign showing you were the car park for Crocodiles of the World is. There is other various buildings and businesses nearby so it can be a little confusing where to park, although if you follow the signs you shouldn't have any problems. Parking is free and there was plenty of parking when we visited. It's a short walk from the car to the main zoo itself and the ground isn't totally flat so you do need to be careful if you are a wheelchair user. The way to the zoo is clearly marked so there is no chance of getting lost or going off track. I was really excited about visiting the zoo and I had a huge smile on my face as we approached the main building where the crocodiles are kept. We entered the main building and as soon as we walked in there was a desk on the right hand side where my boyfriend gave his name so they were able to look up whether we had already paid for our tickets. After confirming this, the lady at the desk told us which way to go and also told us about the other building which you pass on the way to the main building which is where you can have your picture taken with a Crocodile. The gift shop area is very small and you have to pass this in order to get to the main door in which you enter the part of the building with all the enclosures. Although the gift shop is small they have a good range of items including soft toys, rubber toys, pictures, postcards, calendars, t-shirts and more. I didn't look at the prices of the items so I can't comment on this
The colour theme of the main part of the building was mainly a dark green colour which I thought was appropriate for what was being kept in there. The place looked really bright and it was reasonably quiet as there weren't many people around. As soon as walked through the main door we went to the left where there was a small room with different sized vivariums in with different things in. Some of the reptiles are hidden so you do have to look quite hard to see some of them. My favourite part in here was the baby crocodiles which were absolutely adorable. When we were in this small room a member of staff came to top up the water in their small enclosure and as he opened the lid you could hear them make a calling noise which sounded so cute. We got chatting to the staff member for a good 5mins or so. He was very friendly and knowledgeable about the baby crocodiles.
By each vivarium there is some information about the different type of crocodile in that specific vivarium/enclosure and you can read some information about the reptile as well. We moved out of that room to another door on the left which was much bigger and again contained glass enclosures, which were much bigger than the one's in the previous room. The first enclosure had Caimans in and you could clearly see them in the water with their heads above the water, again these were adorable and you could read information about them. The other enclosures contained other types of crocodile and one of which had not long given birth to babies. The female was sat at the back of this enclosure and the male, although hard to find at first was sitting in the water with just his eyes sticking out of the water. The water in this enclosure had lots of bark and mud in which made it hard to see the make crocodile; how-ever the water needed to be like this and I believe it was something to do with her pregnancy.
The main room of the building had a few small enclosures to start off with which included a few baby crocodiles (different type) which were again adorable and were swimming around in the small pool of water they had in there. There was also a very large lizard in the top enclosure as well which was laying comfortably on a large log in the enclosure. There was a huge crocodile which was called Hugo and it was actually unbelievable how big he actually was. As we made our way round the enclosures we saw many different types of crocodiles and also got to read plenty of information about them as well. I found the information about the crocodiles and other reptiles very interesting and I enjoyed reading all the information as well as looking at the reptiles as well. Most of the crocodiles are very still and won't move. A lot of people think they are asleep; however they are actually fully awake. The Nile Crocodiles were cute as they were all lined up with their heads resting on the side of the water. Some of these were swimming around in the water and you could see this due to the glass underwater viewing area. Some of these were quite feisty when in the water. Obviously all the enclosures are sealed from top to bottom with strong glass so you can't put your hand in the enclosures or get them anywhere near the animals. The glass is kept nice and clean so you can clearly see the animals inside the enclosures.
Towards the back end of this room me and my boyfriend noticed some cabinets which had some plastic storage container in. Some of these eggs had hatched and there were some very small crocodiles in here. These were really cute and I don't think many people really noticed these as it just looks a bit like an empty refrigerator. There were 2 large crocodiles which were built from various metal materials and there was also a crocodile's skull head which was huge. The toilets were located in this area as well. When walking around the main building there was at least 3 members of staff that you are able to talk to or ask any questions. We spoke to every member of staff here and asked them a few questions about some of the animals and they are all so knowledgeable and it's clear to see they know a great deal about the animals and their care. There wasn't a huge amount of people in the main building but we did notice quite a few people on the small guided tour that the zoo offers. When leaving the main building to walk over to the other building you can go back to the main building again if you wish. They don't normally give you a stamp on quirt days but when offered a crocodile stamp on our hand we jumped at the chance (big kids!).
When entering the other building there was a desk and an area in which you have your photograph taken with a baby crocodile. There was no-one having their photo take at this point; how-ever me and my boyfriend decided that we wanted a photo each so we were going to come back to this area after looking at the rest of the building. The first room has some gorgeous dwarf crocodiles in which were swimming about and enjoying hiding under the piece of bark in their vivarium. There was an open enclosure which had turtles in and there was also one with different fish in as well. We went out of this room into another large room which again contained large glass enclosures.
To the right was a huge enclosure which contained a male and female crocodile. These both had problems with their jaws but they were healthy. The male was sitting at the back of the enclosure and looked very grumpy but the female was in the water. They also had a huge monitor in this room as well which was really adorable and kept coming up to the glass to have a good look at people looking into the enclosure. There was also some really good information in this room as well telling you about the different lengths of the crocodiles and alligators in comparison to other animals and things in the world. This is to give you an idea of how big some of the species can get, and it's actually scary and shocking how big they can actually get. There was a male member of staff in here holding one of the dwarf crocodiles and he was allowing people to stroke it. I jumped at the chance of stroking it and again I thought it was adorable. Shortly after this the staff member had to put it back into it's enclosure before it got too cold.
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There are around 3 feedings a day when you visit the zoo. The feedings at different times; how-ever you will be informed of the times by the member of staff at the main desk and by other members of staff in the zoo as well. We got there just before 11am and there was a feeding due at 11am so we wanted to see this. They would be feeding the Caiman in one of the smaller rooms so everyone went into this room and stood around the enclosure ready to see the feeding. The children stood at the front so there were able to see. The room did become a little crowded; how-ever I think everyone could see which was good. The member of staff feeding the caiman (who was Australian) told us a little about the reptiles first and then as soon as he put his key into the door to unlock the area where he stood in for feeding the caiman, they were up and out the water ready to be fed. He used a large stick to attach pieces of fish to and then fed the caiman. Some of the caiman jumped up at the stick to grab the food, whilst others gently took it off and then ate it. Some of them had a little fight with others over pieces of the fish. The feeding took around 10/15mins with the staff member telling us about the reptiles and how they eat, etc. This was really interesting to watch and to also learn a bit more about the reptiles.
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Me and my boyfriend couldn't wait to have our photo taken with the dwarf crocodile. We did have to wait for this as there was another family who was also having their photo's taken; how-ever we didn't mind waiting. We were going to get one photograph of me and my boyfriend together; how-ever we both wanted to hold the crocodile which is why we decided to have one each in the end. The staff member taking the photograph told us a little about the dwarf crocodile before showing and telling us how to hold the reptile. I felt very confident holding the reptile and was surprised how light it was to hold. It was gorgeous and I just wanted to take it home with me.
I sat on the wooden chair which had been placed in front of a background and around 3-4 photographs are taken so you can choose which one you prefer. After having the photo taken he asks if you have any questions about the animals and after answering them and before the crocodile gets too cold he takes it off you and places it back into it's vivarium to warm up again. The photos are a brilliant idea and I am really glad that me and my boyfriend got one each as a reminder of our visit here. The photos did come out a little blurry; how-ever we were still pleased with them. You can purchase packages which include a large photo, magnets and keyrings; how-ever their printer for these items weren't available so you could only buy large photographs at the moment. For 2 photographs it cost us £12.50 which we didn't mind paying and we thought was reasonable. My boyfriend paid for these as another treat for me.
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During our visit here we interacted with at least 4 members of staff which includes the staff member on the main desk in the first shop. She was really friendly and chatty and made us feel really welcome before we had even got into the part of the building where the reptiles are kept. The other members of staff here seem very friendly and take their time talking to visitors to ensure they find out everything they want to during their visit here. The staff are very knowledgeable and are able to answer any questions you may in regards to the reptiles themselves, the enclosures or a general questions about the zoo itself. Me and my boyfriend felt very welcome here and we thought the staff was brilliant and also a credit to the zoo.
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Zoo Move Fundraising Appeal
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Crocodiles of the World since opening has become a national centre for crocodile care, treatment and behavioural treatment but strict planning restrictions limit the zoo to opening to the general public on weekend sonly and with visitor and animals numbers growing rapidly, they need more space and freedom to open 7 days a week. After much searching, a new site has now been identified and planning permissions granted. Everything is in place for them to move to a large-scale, purpose built facility that will provide ample accommodation for the visitors, as well as animals. Crocodiles of the World rely on the support and generosity or their visitors and supporters to fund their vital work for conservation and to help make the unique animals exhibitions possible. Up until now, it has only been possible to continue the project with the help of everyone who supported Crocodiles of the World over the last two years. But we need your help for the final push to make our new home a reality. You can donate in various different ways to help support the new zoo. You can purchase a fundraising poster or make a donation via paypal. Every penny raised goes towards their new zoo project. You can find more information about how to donate on their website (www.crocodilesoftheworld.co.uk).
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I am so pleased that my boyfriend took me here, I was so excited when I found out where we going and I couldn't wait to see the different reptiles that were here. Although the zoo is fairly small they have a fantastic range of crocodile and other reptiles, all of which can be clearly seen in their enclosures. As it wasn't too busy we could walk round, whilst taking in the information about the different species and it also enabled us to take pictures as well. As the enclosures are all glass you do get the reflections of the lights off the glass when taking pictures; how-ever I wasn't really bothered about this as I still got some fantastic pictures. Even though the zoo is small me and my boyfriend spent a good few hours here looking at the reptiles and learning about them. We loved that the staff are so knowledgeable, approachable and also really friendly which adds to the whole experience. Watching some of the reptiles being fed was fascinating and really enjoyable and I am really glad we got to the zoo in time to watch a feeding.
I especially loved having my photograph taken with a dwarf crocodile and would gladly do this again, especially in their new zoo which they hope to open. I actually found the Crocodile zoo more interesting than any other zoo I have been too but that's probably because I am more interested in crocodiles than any other animal. I can't wait for them to move to bigger premises; which me and my boyfriend will definitely be visiting. We both plan to make a donation to the zoo within the next few weeks to help them with their fundraising. Depends on how much you donate depends on what you receive in return. This may include a signed letter from Shaun Foggett himself or if it's a large donation your name will appear in the 'Hall of Fame' on a brass plaque in the new zoo. I would definitely recommend a visit to this zoo and I can't wait to visit again.
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Crocodiles of the World, 31 Crawley Mill, Dry Lane, Crawley, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 9TJ
Tel: 01993 706990
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Opening hours are only at weekends only from 10am - 5pm. Numbers are limited so you need to book online or ring up to secure your visit to the zoo.
Admission Prices: Adults: £7.95, Children (3-16yrs): £5.50, Concessions (£6.95), Under 3's (Free).
The site is partially accessible for those with mobility scooters and wheelchairs.
Free parking will be available and there are toilets on-site. They are pleased to provide hot and cold drinks and refreshments from their gift shop and there's plenty of space to picnic if you'd rather bring your own food.
(review also on ciao)
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