This small, charming zoo in the heart of pretty Battersea Park is run by a family who also run wildlife parks in Derbyshire and an otter and owl sanctuary in the New Forest. The usual rabbits, goats, sheep and chickens neighbour more exotic (some endangered) species such as meerkats, lemurs, Asian short-clawed otters, a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, monkeys, emus, tortoises, wallabies and talking mynah birds.
Feeding sessions take place throughout the day, with keepers pateiently answering questions from visitors of all ages. In the meerkats’ enclosure children can make their way down a tunnel to pop out on a level with the creatures, and the Prevost's Squirrels dash over visitors' heads through the tunnel that connects their two enclosures.
The wonderful outdoor play areas feature a large sand pit, mini trampolines, a tree house, slides, tunnels and, appropriately, monkey bars. The zoo also has indoor play areas, shaded picnic tables, a coffee shop, nappy-changing facilities and a shop for picking up some inevitable souvenirs. Birthday parties can be booked for ages our and over.