The Tropical Zoo

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The zoo includes animals from every tropical region on earth, including macaws, lemurs, scorpions, snakes and spiders, many of which have been rescued from the illegal pet trade, or from private collectors or zoos, where their specific needs could not be met. 'Animal Encounters' handling sessions take place at weekends and on public holidays (11am, 2pm 4pm). From spring to autumn the zoo's Bengalese Eagle Owl, Ozzie, is flown twice a day (ring for times). The zoo is in urgent need of funds in order to remain open. See the website for ways in which you can help.


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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.