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A good zoo but looking a bit tired.
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Member Name: sergeantash
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Advantages: Easy to get to from Bristol City, lots to occupy kids
Disadvantages: Bit tired, needs a new coat of paint, expensive
We visited at the weekend with family over from Sweden and here's my feedback!
- The twilight section was indeed very twilight, to the extent that we could not see any creatures/animals within the exhibition at all. Whilst I appreciate that these animals are nocturnal, the displays are pointless if you can't see anything within them.
- Overall the Zoo feels quite tired, it felt that it needed to get some painting crews in to spruce up the place and give it a fresh coating of colour, particularly towards the canteen area.
- We were disappointed with the pricing of the ZooRopia, after paying a fee to get into the zoo, we didn't expect to be asked for an additional £7 for children (for a 5yr old), £8 for adults to enter this very small facility. We appreciate that it is an independently run service, but it still sits within your premises and therefore represents Bristol Zoo.
- The attraction showing the bug/rat/mouse infested home perhaps purposely smells of rodent wee, but beyond the false guise it does seem that those animals are never/rarely properly cleaned out, nor have they sufficient space to run around. I personally felt quite a bit of sympathy for the animals.
- Space comes at a premium, but with almost all of the exhibits, we felt that the animals were cramped into enclosure that were simply too small for them, particularly the lions, monkeys and bats - these all animals that like/need space to run, fly etc.
Overall we had a great day, the parrot talk/demonstration was very impressive and the staff are all friendly and informative. Feeding the Marikeets was incredible and the Meerkats were adorable! Just a few tweaks and it'll be perfect.
However, in my opinion Paignton Zoo still remains the best zoo in the South West.
Summary: Worth a visit, you can easily spend half a day there, look for deals/vouchers to reduce entry fee.