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If you haven't been to the zoo for many years a return visit may surprise you. Zoos have been improving their facilities constantly for many years, partly as a result of pressure from the public but also for reasons of conservation and the need to guarantee the survival of endangered species.

Facilities for the public at large zoos often include features such as mono-rails, water bus rides, cable cars and high level walkways. Likewise animal enclosures can often reflect conditions found in the wild.

Zoos have been very creative in trying to encourage people to visit and support their conservation efforts. Many Zoos now offer activities and experiences such as being "a Zoo keeper for the day", Birthday parties, Over-night stays and include areas were some animals can be touched.

Zoo Phone Location Postcode
Banham Zoo 01953 887771 The Grove, Banham, Norfolk NR16 2HE
Blackpool Zoo 01253 830 830 East Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 8PP
Bristol Zoo 0117 974 7399 Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA
Chester Zoo 01244 650205 Upton-by-Chester, Chester CH2 1EU
Colchester Zoo 01206 331292 Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester CO3 0SL
Dublin Zoo +353 (0)1 4748900 Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland  
Dudley Zoo 0844 474 2272 2 The Broadway, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4QF
Edinburgh Zoo 0131 334 9171 Edinburgh, Scotland EH12 6TS
London Zoo 020 7722 3333 Outer Circle, Regents Park, London NW1 4RY
Marwell Zoo 01962 777407 Colden Common,Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1JH
Paignton Zoo 0844 474 2222 Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7EU
Whipsnade Zoo 01582 872171 Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 2LF

Zoo Keeper for the day - This is a unique experience for anyone. Your day will be spent helping with food preparation, feeding, cleaning out and anything else that is required in the care of animals. This type of activity is usually restricted to 18+ but is an ideal and surprising gift to give someone. It is also an amazing chance to see what happens behind the scenes at the zoo.

Birthday party at the Zoo - Many zoos offer a birthday treat full of animal entertainment and out-doors fun. Sometimes the party can include a guided tour and a picnic lunch box or birthday party.

Adopt a Zoo animal - Most Zoos have adapted to the pressures of having huge overheads such as feeding the animals and staff wages with the help of sponsorship. Many major companies have helped by sponsoring animals. Jaguar cars for example have funded a huge enclosure at Chester Zoo for Jaguar cats. It is also possible for individuals to sponsor a favourite animal and help pay for it's food and care, this can also be done as a gift or in remembrance of a friend.

Zoo news - Zoos are always popular with television companies and this also helps to generate revenue. Many conservation programs produce a steady stream of new arrivals and often feature in the news. Many news crews are able to follow the release of these animals back into the wild. Other companies produce programs that feature endangered species and create an awareness of their plight.

Bats are kept in houses with dimmed lighting, seals in enclosured that mimic the sea shore with gently lapping seas, Penguins may have snow machines or fridge like areas. - See more at:

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