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Exotic Zoo

Our relationship with charities goes beyond simply providing financial support and free use of our facilities.

As we have grown we established a dedicated Animal Park which became home to a range of unusual animals who would otherwise have been homeless. This was very popular with schools and families who visited to feed the animals which included Wallabies, Mara, Kuni Kuni pigs, Guinea pigs, rabbits, Pigmy goats, chickens and ducks.

As our Park continued to develop we also added Meerkats to our collection and many of our visitors enjoyed spending time with both the Wallabies and the Meerkats, in the care of one of our trained staff.

Such was its popularity, we started to redesign the area and planned to apply for a Zoo licence in 2017 to enable us to further add some exotic animals to our Park.
However, as we had previously worked closely with ‘Exotic Zoo’, hosting special events where visitors could experience the more unusual and exotic animals and birds, this year we are very pleased that Exotic Zoo has decided to relocate from its current home in Donnington to Lakeside.

Scott Adams (a familiar face on BBC Blue Peter) and his team from ‘Exotic Zoo’ will then manage the former Animal Park, creating a new visitor centre, incorporating educational facilities and a sensory area.

When the move is complete and a full Zoo licence is in place, there will be a wide range of exotic animals, in addition to some of those formerly at the Animal Park.

However, at present, with the significant building work involved, for safety reasons, the area has been temporarily closed to visitors.

We know that this has been disappointment for all the families who come to visit, so we look forward to seeing the exciting developments once the zoo is fully open during the summer. 

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