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“Perfect Day out for a young family”

Paradise Wildlife Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Come and visit Paradise Wildlife Park, the most interactive zoo in Britain. Based at Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, we are open all year round, every weekday and weekend! The brilliant design of our enclosures means that you can meet some amazing animals face to face! We have a huge collection of over 800 animals including the best collection of big cats on display in Britain. Our cats include: white tigers, white lions, Amur tigers, snow leopards, cheetahs, jaguars and ocelots. We also have penguins, meerkats, monkeys, gibbons, lemurs, zebras, tapirs, wolves, wallabies, reptiles, birds and much, much more! We are unique because you can touch and even feed many of the animals in the Animal Park by purchasing one of our specially prepared animal feedbags. Have fun in one of our five adventure playgrounds, at the daily shows and meet the keeper sessions.
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We visited the Park on Easter Sunday, as it was the only decent day weather wise for a bank holiday weekend and they had recently opened the Dinosaur area, so we were intrigued.
We arrived just after opening (9.30) and there was plenty of parking and no queues to get in, which is always a good start, although there's plenty of parking so I doubt this is an issue. The prices aren't much different to the likes of Whipsnade or Woburn and it is a lot smaller, but has a surprisingly good selection of animals and things to do and has the added bonus of not having to walk to the moon and back with two kids (5 & 18 months) and the various paraphanalia that comes with them, to see something they were excited about but now just need the toilet which is back where you have just come from, so I think the size of the Park is perfect.

First up you'll hit the Dinosaur area. Now I'll be honest I was expecting some tacky fibreglass models with an annoying loop tape of ripped off Jurassic Park theme tunes playing everywhere, but I was pleasantly surprised; the models were fantastic!! They are all anamatronic models with moving limbs, heads, mouths, replicated breathing, even eyelids and eyes were moving and they had some fairly decent sound effects for each with a info plaque near each model. The kids loved them and so did we, so much so we ended up going round again later on in the day.

As for the rest of the Park, it's brilliant for such a small site. The enclosures for the animals are not huge, but substantial and best of all you can get pretty close to most of them (safely) and get some really decent pictures which is normally lacking in the bigger Zoo's. There is also a good selection of animals to see which again surprised me.
I am absolutely no expert on how to care for a wild animal like some people claim to be on here, but from what we saw the animals seemed well looked after and were obviously fed and whilst the enclosures were not huge they are obviously big enough or the Zoo wouldn't exist. As for 'enrichment' that everyone seems to be banging on about, you don't see a lion on a David Attenborough show playing with a multicoloured plastic ball in the middle of the Savannah, so why should they play with one in an enclosure.... sort your lives out.

A couple of the sections were closed on the day (nocturnal and part of Big Cat being developed) but these were due to expansion or improvement and were noted on the website and made no difference to the enjoyment of our day in fact it was good to see the Park is developing.

Best part about this park is that, even though there were a lot of people there, you weren't fighting to see the animals and having to elbow people out of the way so the kids could get a glimpse of something; one of the things I despise in the other places.

Food.... As is always the case with any attraction like this, the food is normally extortionate and terrible.... in this case the pricing wasn't horrendous although still a bit on the pricy side, but it was actually pretty good. The kids and the Mrs had burger, chips and beans, which were very nice , for around £7 which included a drink and I had a jacket potato with salad,m pulled pork, bacon and cheese which was £7.90 again, including a drink.... and this was really well cooked and not like eating a cricket ball like I expected. My advice would be , if you are going to the main eating hall near the entrance, get there around 11.30 or earlief if you want to eat inside or just eat outside if it's nice, as it gets rammed really quickly and nobody wants screaming hungry kids who can't sit down anywhere, whilst listening to a cacophany of other people's screaming kids in a packed food hall that's getting warmer by the second......... alternatively bring a packed lunch, it'll save you some money and there's plenty of benches about, but the food there is good.

There is also a shed load of things to do for the kids if/When they get bored, in the big play area just Inside the entrance, there's also a mini golf area, fire engines to sit in, slides, swings etc, etc plenty to keep them entertained anyway.

The only small gripe I had was some of the staff could be a little bit more enthusiastic and show a bit more urgency when doing things and have a bit more of a rapport with the paying punters. A lot of the time waiting in food/drinks queues was either due to lack of staff or lack of competent staff, but this is a very small blot on an otherwise brilliant day.

Would definitely recommend this to anyone with a young family who wants the Zoo experience, but not the marathon that goes with it and has something a little different to the rest.

1  Thank Mark R
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Paradise_Wildlife, Reception at Paradise Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Hi Mark,

Thank you so much for the 5 star review of Paradise Wildlife Park.

We are happy you had a lovely day out & look forward to seeing you back again in the future.

Many thanks:)

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our day out, despite the bad weather. The park was easy to get around and the variety of animals was amazing. We would love to go again and plan to in the future. Would be an amazing day for families, especially with children, as there is also a funfair section and many interactive sections.

Thank Geoff R
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Paradise_Wildlife, Receptionist at Paradise Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

HI Geoff,

Thank you so much for your 5 star review of Paradise Wildlife Park. We are glad that you had a good day out & hope to see you again in the future.

Many thanks :)

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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

I visited with my husband and daughter (18m) we all thoroughly enjoyed our day.
The park is easy to navigate and there was plenty of room for our daughter to wander around safely.
The animals seemed really well looked after and clean, the viewing areas were well thought out and gave was access to see the animals.
The food wasn’t great but not the worst I’ve had. Next time we’ll probably take a picnic as there were nice areas to be able to dine.

A great family day out that I would highly recommend.

Thank autumncarla
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Paradise_Wildlife, Discovery reception at Paradise Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Hi Autumncarla,

Thank you so much for your 5 star review of Paradise Wildlife Park. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your day out & hope to see you again in the future.

Many thanks:)

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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

This Wildlife Park exceeded my expectations. We had a lovely day out! It is very much geared towards families with young children. So, if you have older children, you may be more suited to a much larger facility like Colchester Zoo. Paradise WP has many safe areas for young children to run about. There are plant of picnic areas so it would make a perfect day out in the warmer weather. As well as animals there are plenty of playgrounds and play areas. It is also very interactive so make sure the little ones have animal feed for the lovely farmyard creatures. There is a good cafe, with an indoor play area, and plenty of places to get drinks and snacks. I would highly recommend taking a picnic and letting the children amuse themselves. Wonderful place!

Thank poppyrose2015
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Paradise_Wildlife, Discovery reception at Paradise Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Hi Poppyrose,

Thank you so much for your 5 star review at Paradise Wildlife Park. We are very pleased that you had such a lovely day out & hope to see you again in the future.

Many thanks:)

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Been here a few times. Great day out for the kids plenty to do. Plenty of animals and they all look happy and healthy. Food restaraunts on site although plenty of tables to sit at and have packed lunch. Our grand daughter loves it and after we have seen all the animals we go in to the indoor play area which she loves. I would recommend and think it’s pretty good value for money.

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Paradise_Wildlife, Discovery reception at Paradise Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Hi Lori,

Thank you for your 5 star review of Paradise Wildlife Park. We are very pleased that you & your family enjoyed your day out with us.

Many thanks :)

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