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Dartmoor Zoo

Great ideas to keep your kids busy with 365 tickets It’s school holiday time, the sun is shining, and your suggestion that the kids need some fresh air and exercise is met with groans! What do you do? Take them to the Zoo, of course! Most of the enclosures are outdoors, there’s a bit of walking involved, a great variety of animals to see, and opportunities to learn about the conservation of endangered species and their habitats.



The story of the origins of Dartmoor Zoo was used as inspiration for the American family film We Bought A Zoo, and today it remains family owned, spans 33 acres of woodland and is home to the biggest collection of endangered big cats in the region. As well as a mob of crowd pleasing meerkats, there are bears, wolves, monkeys, tapirs, racoon and the gregarious capybaras – the world’s largest rodent, many species of birds to see, and a variety of insects and reptiles. You can get closer to the animals here than at most other Zoos, and there are some very endearing recent arrivals, like the pair of Australian Sugar Gliders, named for their love of sweet food, the tiny African Pygmy Dormice, the extra large Flemish Giant Rabbit, Monty, and the sad-faced rescued Florida Soft Shelled Turtle, Dexter – all part of the Close Encounters collection. Feeding times are always entertaining – watch the animals being fed, then feed your own little monkeys at the Jaguar Cafe, or use one of the many picnic areas! There is plenty of open space for the kids to run around in and special children’s’ activities are organised for during the school holidays.


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Kate Quigley

Kate Quigley Travel Writer