Zoos and Other Animal Attractions

There are many animal attractions around the UK. Most people assume they do very little to help conservation and native species that is far from true. As part of the Zoo Licencing Act in the UK all zoos (petting and larger) have to support wildlife conservation in order to have a licence to operate. Many zoos give large amounts of money and help researchers on particular projects. Large zoos often have their own charities in which they conduct research in the wild, purchase land for nature reserves and some breeding endangered species.

Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset is home to the world's only managed colony of nesting mute swans on the site of an 11th-century monastery. The sanctuary can hold 600 mute swans at any one time.

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is located in Upton by Chester, in Cheshire. Chester Zoo was opened in 1931 by George Mottershead and his family, which was a basis of a TV series in recent years. It is one of the UK's largest zoos at 125 acres and UK's most visited zoo.

Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo is considered one of the best zoos in Europe, ranked 11th in the world. It is home to over 260 species, set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes creating many habitats. It focuses heavily on conservation running many breeding programs for endangered species.

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Crocodiles of the World

Crocodiles of the World is the UK's only crocodile zoo. They are home to more than 100 crocodiles, alligators and caimans from 15 different species of crocodilian. They are base of the Crocodiles of the World Foundation charity helping actively in crocodilian conservation.

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Dudley Zoo

Dudley Zoological Gardens is a 40-acre zoo located within the grounds of Dudley Castle in the town of Dudley, in the Black Country region of the West Midlands. 

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Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo, formerly the Scottish National Zoological Park, is an 82-acre zoological park in Corstorphine. Built in 1913, and owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), is the only zoo in the UK to have giant pandas.

Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor Zoo is a conservation centre in Exmoor, North Devon. The current zoo developed from Exmoor Bird Gardens, the original attraction. Over the years they have feature many species not normally seen in UK zoos.

Wildlife Park

The Highland Wildlife Park is a 260-acre safari park and zoo  within the Cairngorms National Park. The park is run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). The zoo has a heavy focus on native species.

Jersey Zoo

Jersey Zoo (formerly Durrell Wildlife Park) is a zoological park established in 1959 on the island of Jersey in the English Channel by naturalist and author Gerald Durrell. It is operated by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (formly Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust).

Longleat Safari Park

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, in Wiltshire, was opened in 1966 as the first drive-through safari park outside Africa. The park is situated in the grounds of Longleat House, an English stately home which is open to the public.

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Living Coasts

Living Coasts is a coastal zoo owned by Paignton Zoo as part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, which includes Newquay Zoo. It is a registered charity, and is based around seabirds and other coastal wildlife.

Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo is a 140-acre zoological gardens situated at Owslebury near Winchester, in the county of Hampshire. It is owned and run by the registered charity Marwell Wildlife. The zoo is home to over 1,200 animals of 135 species. 

Monkey World

Jim Cronin Memorial Fund for Primate Welfare and Conservation

The Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre is a 65-acre ape and monkey sanctuary and rescue centre near Wool, Dorset. Set up by Jim Cronin in 1987 to rescue ex-media chimpanzees it now rescues several ape species from around the world. In his passing in 2007, the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund was established to continue Jim’s legacy and support primate welfare and conservation.


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Newforest Wildlife Park

The New Forest Wildlife Park is located on the edge of The New Forest close to Lyndhurst. The Park specialises in native and past-native wildlife of Britain. The Park is recognised as the UK's leading institution in the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wild otters.

Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo was first opened in 1969 by Restormel Council. After being sold in 1994 the zoo was taken on privately and 10 years later sold again to the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT), a Devon based charity which also owns Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts.

Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, is a zoo in Paignton, Devon, England. The zoo is part of South West Environmental Parks Ltd which is owned by the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT). It is a combined zoo and botanic garden that has over half a million visitors a year.

Paradise Wildlife Park

Paradise Wildlife Park is a family-run animal park located in Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, previously known as Broxbourne Zoo. Paradise operates the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire (ZSH) a charity raising funds for conservation projects UK and abroad.

Paradise Park

Paradise Park is a zoo situated in Hayle, Cornwall. It has over 650 animals, primarily birds. It is currently the home of the World Parrot Trust.

Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo is a large zoo near Norton Juxta Twycross, Leicestershire. The zoo has the largest collection of monkeys and apes in the Western World.

West Midland Safari and Leisure Park

West Midland Safari and Leisure Park is a safari park located in Bewdley in Worcestershire, England. It was opened under the name of West Midland Safari Park in spring 1973. The park holds over 165 species of exotic animals, among other attractions such as a small theme park.

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Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

The Zoological Society of London is a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. It was founded in 1826. It operates two zoos. ZSL London Zoo is the world's oldest scientific zoo. It was opened in London on 27 April 1828, and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, formerly known as Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, is a zoo and safari park located at Whipsnade in Bedfordshire.

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Species Survival Plan

The Species Survival Plan or SSP program was developed in 1981 by the (American) Association of Zoos and Aquariums to help ensure the survival of selected species in zoos and aquariums, most of which are threatened or endangered in the wild.

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