Newquay Zoo is a zoological garden located within Trenance Leisure Park in Newquay, England. The zoo was opened in Cornwall on Whit Monday, 26 May 1969 by the local council (Newquay Urban District Council, later Restormel District Council). It was privately owned by Mike Thomas and Roger Martin from 1993 until 2003. In August 2003 Stewart Muir became the new Director and the zoo became part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, alongside Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts. The zoo is part of a registered charity, and was awarded various South West and Cornwall 'Visitor Attraction of The Year' and 'Sustainable Tourism' awards for excellence in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Newquay Zoo is now run as part of the Wild Planet Trust, the new name for the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust.
The zoo has been recognised for providing sustainable tourism and was one of the first few British zoos to gain an ISO 14001 certificate for its environmental management systems along with a recent Gold award for GTBS Green Tourism Business Scheme. The zoo works within the BIAZA and EAZA zoo networks in Britain and Europe but has other ex-situ conservation links overseas.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Louise Marshall | Jan 20, 2018
It good for kids too see the wildlife been couple of times buy a ticket an you can revisit in two weeks. Small zoo enjoyed seeing the lions up close an personal through the glass which was too me amazing experience too actually appreciate the size in real life. Coffee tea an beavages are pretty pricey as with any attraction nowadays
joy canning | Jan 20, 2018
Today started very rainy but once it stopped raining the animals all appeared. Brilliant talks and info while watching the lions and penguin feeding times. We have been quite a few times as members and always see new things. Our new thing today was seeing the otters eating and we also seen the fishing cat for the first time, There's two a big one and a little one. A brilliant day.
Scott Rimmer | Feb 21, 2018
Well kept, value for money, and more varieties than most of my local zoos. Staff really friendly and approachable. Would definitely recommend if your on the area.
Alister Hill | Mar 4, 2018
Quite a nice zoo, if a bit small. Staff were very friendly. I have been twice at different times of the year. I would recommend going when the second cafe is open during the peak season as it is nice to sit outside there. The other cafe is extremely cramped, a couple of small ones in highchairs and you can't walk around with your food. Price is 'ok' I do begrudge also having to pay for parking. There is a small play area for kids but during the busy times it was too busy for my little one to go on anything. I will go gain in the future, I visit newquay quite often and this is a fun day in any weather.
Trevor Bowyer | Jan 6, 2018
Quite a small zoo located on the outskirts of the town centre in a park. Nice range of exhibits and unusual species including lots of different types of lemurs and small cats. Small tropical house with birds and sloths. Largest animals are lions, wildebeest and antelope. A branch of the society that runs Paignton zoo.
james teppin | Mar 19, 2018
Four and a half stars would be accurate, but they make the best of what they have. The zoo is small compared to some, but is rightly popular. The selection of animals isn't extensive, but we enjoyed what there was. There are plenty of information points to learn about the animals and the areas are themed. In the winter the catering points are limited to the small café, which was alright. We enjoyed the penguin feeding time, but the lions feeding was ruined by the PA commentary, very local radio DJ. Some areas need a clean and a lick of paint and the Japanese area seemed empty? But we will return.
Emily-Paige Smith | Apr 1, 2018
An educational zoo with a lot of animals. Most animals seemed happy, but the lion enclosure was too tiny for my liking. A huge plus for me was the zoo introducing British sign language plaques with the animal names on! A good day out for the family
James House | Mar 17, 2018
Great zoo would highly recommend. We took a 4 year old who loved it as you could get pretty close to all animals and always see them (even in the rain).
josh allen | May 4, 2018
First time visiting the zoo. We found it very welcoming and clean. Staff happily chatted if they weren't busy. The zoo its self though smaller than most gives you excellent vantages to see animals from all angles, was especially impressed with how close you could get to the lions and lynx. A fair few of the enclosures cater for smaller children to b able to see the animals without having to be held which was great for my 2 year old. Thoroughly enjoyable would recommend to anyone.
Little Herbert | Apr 23, 2018
We enjoyed our trip at the zoo today. We took our own lunch but I looked at cafe prices and thought they were very reasonable for anyone looking to purchase food on site. The range of animals isn't extensive but what they have, they present well. Talks were regular and informative. We enjoyed learning sign language for various animals at the zoo too.
Nicholas Pryer | Apr 28, 2018
Just a brilliant zoo. Lots of mammals and birds. Tons to see for its size. Animals feeding and talks were informative and fun. We took a 5 yr old and a 3 yr old. Lots to do and lots of parks to play in as well. Parking does cost though.
Steven Dowell | May 2, 2018
Always well presented. Clean, and tidy. Always worth a visit. Both my kids enjoy it whenever we go. Food is decent value for money. :-)
Sean Morris | Jun 10, 2018
Brilliant day out! Its not the biggest Zoo but plenty of animals there for you to explore. I've never seen a sloth before so that was Cool. We fed the Penguins whilst we were there definitely worth doing 😁 if you can do an experience I highly recommend it. All in all great fun and entertaining, knowledgeable staff and keepers.
Martin Robbins | Jun 1, 2018
An amazing zoo, slightly smaller than others however the Staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. The talks where extremely well done and the guy doing them is very interactive and funny. Animal enclosures also very well built so animals seem happy but enough viewing space to be able to see them. Lots of different species and also some rarer varieties. Zoos are always a little pricey for a day out but people really need to invest in the conservation of the amazing animal. We have the annual pass which I think is extremely great value for money.
Benedict.J Sumsion | Jun 2, 2018
A lovely little Zoo with some nicely updated exhibits. Plenty to see, and some interesting interactive sections where you can feel really close to the animals! It is very clean and tidy, with good facilities. With the weeks free return is also good value for money
John Cassin | May 9, 2018
Small zoo with close proximity to enclosures. Keeper talks very good at feeding times. First visit was cut short by rain but if you get your ticket validated you can return again within 7 days. Made a return visit with better weather. Great day out for the family. Highly recommended.
T3 Training and Consultancy Ltd | Jun 26, 2018
The zoo is beautiful and so family friendly. It's not a BIG zoo, but I think that's what makes it so nice. The staff are so friendly and amazing with our children. We loved it and can't wait for our next visit. The only down side is you have to pay for parking, but the experience at the zoo truly makes up for it.
Rosie Godfrey | Jun 25, 2018
I took my three children, aged 3, 5 and 8 to the zoo today and we had a fantastic day out. There's lots to do and see, and the talks were interesting. The play area was very popular with my kids and made for a fun lunch break, as there are a few picnic benches within the play area. The only complaint I would have is that the car park was very expensive. To have over 4 hours it cost £8 and there was no warning of the steep charges on the website. Other than that, it was a great day out.
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