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Amazon World Zoo Park (Isle of Wight)
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Amazon World Zoo Park (Isle of Wight)
Advantages: Good fun, interesting animals and entertainment!
Disadvantages: Pricey, couple of hours of fun,
The largest exotic animal, award winning attraction on the Isle of Wight. This is mostly indoors so a perfect gesture for rainy days, just like today!
We were hoping for a beautiful day as it being my only day off this week to enjoy with my daughter during school holidays! Well it was horrid at 8am and still is! We picked Madeline's friend up and headed straight over to Arreton (between Newport and Sandown) Its easy for myself to find being an Islander but I'm not sure for tourists. It is well sign posted and of course most of us have sat navigations now.
We arrived at 11am to be greeted by a very friendly member of staff that filled us with information. I was a little shocked that I paid £22.65 for a four year old, five year old and of course me! But by the end I realised the cost of the food, vet bills and rates this is probably worth every penny.
Opening times are 10am till 5.30pm and your allowed in as much as you like during that day.
Prices are Adults-£8.75, seniors £7.75 and children (3-14) £6.95.
We walked through the door it immediatley felt like we were in the Amazon (a little imagination) birds loose flying everwhere amongst the plants and trees some sat right beside the path so you got such a great close up. Little bridges and pathways that made it feel so inclosed and surreal to the girls.
The animals at amazon I believe to be a great range of variety were
huge african snails
red bellied piranhas
frogs from small to big!
There was only 2 snakes though which was a little dissapointed.
We took just over an hour and a half to go around all the enclosures and reading a few of the information boards.
I have to say the information boards were a little rubbish not a lot of information on what they are, where they live, where they sleep, what they eat, just lacking in general info. I would also like to know more than just general answers especially as they are keen on you adopting.
The enclosures were strange for example the tortoises had a huge home but the flamigos, armadillos, and otters had small enclosures? One particular little armadillo was going crazy bless him pacing up and down the window.
I would also say that it would be an advantage to have benches in the insect areas as it got very tiring lifting each girl to look in the tanks at the different species plus I was covered in mud from there shoes!
There is a lot of parking and an excellent play and picnic area but it was very cold and wet when we went so they didn't get to play. We had lunch there and I would say it was alittle over priced. The girls had ham sandwiches, small slush puppies and I had a coffee and it came to £11.10. The cafe was clean and the food was decent.
The zoo is wheelchair friendly but with experience of wheelchairs I would say it woulod be a struggle as there is slight hills, small bridges. However they did have different wheelchair access which seemed strange as they would miss half of the zoo! Also they would have same problem as young or short people with the insect area and most homes of the animals had walls around so again I had to lift girls over or they climbed up to have a look.
Overall I very muched enjoyed the day and the girls loved every minute so thats all that matters to me!
Hope you enjoyed and found this of some interest!
Summary: worth an adventure :-)
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