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Twycross Zoo (Warwickshire)
Member Name: Rach18
Twycross Zoo (Warwickshire)
Date: 08/02/02, updated on 23/05/03 (865 review reads)
Advantages: value for money, great day out, lot's of monkeys!!
Twycross zoo opened in Warwickshire in 1963 and has been home to many animals over the years, with around 400,00 visitors a year.
There are an extensive range of animals here, including elephants, seals, sealions, camels, tigers, penguins and a wide range of birds and reptiles, but it is most known for it's large collection of monkeys' and apes.
The zoo is open every day except for christmas day and the animals are cared for extremely well. Not only has the zoo a very sucessful breeding program, it also houses many animals born into captivity who have been there since the zoo opened - like Joe the wesern lowand gorilla. (If you have been, you'll know who I am talking about!).
The last time I visited the zoo was the day before new years eve 2001. I visited before when I was in junior school!
It looked absoulutely beautiful, covered with snow and was an absolute joy to see the animals playing.
I am the first to admit that it is a fairly small zoo compared to london zoo, whipsnade etc ( I have also written opinions on those!), but don't let that put you off! They animals are kept in their own little groups in their own enclosures with both indoor and outdoor sections. The monkeys and apes are behind glass inside so it's really easy to see and observe them. I really could watch them for hours!
There is a large self service cafeteria and licenced bar. The prices in there are pretty average for a touristy type place.
There is also a gift shop, but sadly i can't comment on that as it was closed when I went!
It costs £6.50 per adult, £4.50 per child and £5.00 for OAPs making it the cheapest zoo that I've been to. It is open from 10am all year round until 4pm in the winter and 6pm in the summer.
It is brilliant especially for families as things are reasonably close together which means that the little ones don't get bored with doing a lot of walking about!
In the summer there ar also other attractions such as a miniture railway, donkey rides and animal demonstrations/talks.
It really is one of the best zoos in England and brilliant value for money especially if you are monkey mad like I am! Definately worth a visit, and don't forget your camera!
I will definately be revisiting the zoo in the summer.
*May 2003 Update*
Just revisited the zoo again, took my mum for her birthday as she is also a monkey lover! Another wonderful day out despite the rain. All gift shops, cafe's etc were open this time and were reasonably priced considering it was a tourist attraction.
One of the gorillas has just given birth and now has a 2 month old baby, he's so sweet!! They are in the process of building a new enclosure, although i'm not sure what for, i'm sure that it will be a fantastic new additon to this already brilliant zoo. Prices are the same as mentioned before - £6.50 for adults so still great value for money.
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