The paradise wild animal park in Hertfordshire, England is a surprisingly good zoo. It doesn’t get the media attention of its neighbour London zoo (which is just a short drive away). In fact very few people know about this undiscovered gem – until now.
It’s not a large zoo so there’s no room for bigger animals like elephants or giraffes, but they have got plenty of great animals and they really take care of them well. The enclosures are, for the most part, nice and large. None of the animals seem depressed to be there, and many have viewing platforms where you can look down at them, unobstructed by bars.
One of the most popular exhibits is the snow leopards. These beautiful creatures have plenty of room, and you can get really close to them. There’s a large glass wall so you can see their beautiful markings up close in complete safety, or you can pop up to the viewing platform and watch them from above.
The animal park is famous for its other large cats too, with lions, cheetahs and jaguars all seemingly happy to be there. They’re some spectacular animals, but what about the smaller animals? At the Paradise wild animal park, the real difference is in the smaller animals, and they have all sorts like gibbons, coatis and red pandas, as well as wolves, tapirs and zebras. There’s even a small hothouse with a sloth in!
Animal experience days
The paradise wild animal park is the leading provider of animal experience days in the UK. They do everything from feeding the big cats, to tickling a tapir and feeding red pandas. You can even be a zookeeper for a day! For the best deals, book through their website.
Their policy is to have one person for each experience – this is far better than grouping random people together for awkward sessions where people don’t know each other.
This means that if no-one has booked a particular experience for that day, you can sometimes pay on the door at a discount. Don’t rely on doing this though because they are very popular.
There’s a nice café and kid’s playground, but the best thing about this zoo is its size. Walk around Chester zoo or London zoo all day and you’ll be exhausted, but spend a few hours here and you’ll see everything, and even get the chance to tickle a tapir. What more could you want from a zoo?