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Twycross Zoo (Warwickshire)
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Twycross Zoo (Warwickshire)
Advantages: Many animals to see that you wouldn't normally be able to
Disadvantages: Cafe isn't the best - take a picnic
Twycross Zoo is situated in Leicestershire in the East Midlands, as that is within easy driving distance for me I have visited many times. The Zoo opened to the public in 1963 and has been a popular destination for couples, families and school trips ever since.
Twycross Zoo has a wide variety of animals
The largest animals: Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Camels, Giraffes and Elephants, Gorillas.
The smaller animals: Boars, Meerkats, Alpacas, Chinchillas.
The unusual animals: Bearded dragon, Tree Frogs, Tarantulas.
The monkeys: Twycross has, I believe, the largest collection of monkeys and apes of any zoo in the country, these include Marmosets, Lemurs, Langurs, Tamarins, Spider Monkeys, and Sloths to name a few.
There are also around 50 species of birds.
(These are all from my memory and I would strongly recommend visiting the website for full details of all the animals that live at the zoo - http://www.twycrosszoo.org/home.htm)
The zoo is open every day of the year except for Christmas day, opening at 10am and closing between 4 and 5.30 depending on the season. Prices are £11 for adults and £7 for children. There are also various family and group passes and discounts available. Within the price is included a Gift Aid donation (supporting the Zoo's charitable activities), which you are able to opt out of, however once you have seen all the animals and understood all the hard work which the staff put in to maintaining the park and looking after the animals I doubt many will object to this donation.
The one down side I can find to the zoo is that the cafe is very expensive and limited with the choice available - I would recommend taking a picnic - which will only add to your experience of the day
Overall I would say that a day at Twycross Zoo is a fun experience and a great way of introducing children to the many animals which they would normally only see in books or on the tv
Summary: Great day out to for adults and children
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