The Tropical Zoo

Natural history and wildlife

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The Tropical Zoo

Until Wed Feb 20 2013

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Great place. They used to have animal interaction sessions for young children. Relocated to Hounslow and now called Urban Farm Hounslow.


This slightly scruffy embattled little zoo is our kids' most requested outing, especially on a cold and rainy day. Unlike bigger zoos, it's just the right size for little legs and you really get to see everything close up. A giant tortoise wanders around free, like a big tank, and doesn't seem to mind being followed or stroked. All the animals look well-cared for and happy. But the animal encounters (though a bit hectic) are the best bit and you never know which animals you are going to meet. We have held baby tortoises, stroked chinchillas and lizards, had a snake round our necks you name it. It has really helped my kids to be confident around, respectful of and curious about animals. Staff are extremely knowledgeable and incredibly patient. The shop sells proper pocket money toys too. Desperately hope they can stay open.