Make Friends with a Wallaby at the Small, But Great, Exmoor Zoo


Toddlers' Day Out @ Exmoor Zoo, North Devon Toddlers' Day Out @ Exmoor Zoo, North Devon - Green lizard climbing branch Toddlers' Day Out @ Exmoor Zoo, North Devon - Meerkat standing at top of rock

Whilst away on holiday in Devon recently, we visited Exmoor Zoo which wasn't too far from where we were staying at Croyde. I love zoo's, they always make for a great day out and Archie is mesmerised by the animals, constantly exclaiming "Oh, wow!" at every turn.

Exmoor Zoo is by far the smallest zoo I've ever visited but it still holds a number of great animals, and the fact it's small worked in our favour, as we were able to attend a number of different talks & meet-the-animal sessions. We stopped at the lemur talk, caught the wallaby feeding (which was awesome, read ahead for more on this), then on to Spider Phobia — a talk/video all about spiders and the chance to hold one!

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Little A fell asleep on the way and didn't even flinch when we moved him from the car to his pushchair, so he napped for a little while at the beginning, but we easily returned to the animals he missed as the enclosures are fairly close together. The weather wasn't great — drizzly rain, but not cold — but I actually find that those are the best days to visit wildlife parks as the animals are active, and not snoozing away under the warm sun.

Toddlers' Day Out @ Exmoor Zoo, North Devon - Toddler wearing raincoat with Nanny Toddlers' Day Out @ Exmoor Zoo, North Devon - Lemur staring at camera with long stripy tail Toddlers' Day Out @ Exmoor Zoo, North Devon - Cheetah stalking the enclosure

Thankfully, this was the case for us and we got to see a number of animals up close. The cheetahs were stalking the pen waiting for dinner, and the lemurs were feeling particularly playful, plus we witnessed some skunks (& their babies!) running through the tunnels from pen-to-pen above our heads. I think our favourite part though was getting to feed the wallabies! For an hour, the zookeepers open up their pen and let visitors get up close & personal with these gorgeous little creatures.

Toddlers' Day Out @ Exmoor Zoo, North Devon - Feeding the wallabies up close Toddlers' Day Out @ Exmoor Zoo, North Devon - Feeding the wallabies up close Toddlers' Day Out @ Exmoor Zoo, North Devon - Feeding the wallabies up close

Mr J feeding & petting the wallabies

We really did have a fantastic time, regardless of the weather, and seeing so many animals who were so interactive was great. The size of the zoo really doesn't make a difference as there are so many things happening that I've never seen in other wildlife parks before. I'd highly recommend the wallaby feeding & petting, the furry & zoo babies encounter at the enclosure and the penguin feeding!

Toddlers' Day Out @ Exmoor Zoo, North Devon - Capybara feeding with others Toddlers' Day Out @ Exmoor Zoo, North Devon - Mother and son standing in the rain at Exmoor Zoo Toddlers' Day Out @ Exmoor Zoo, North Devon - Two baby ostrichs cuddling

Yep, that's A and I up there!

Exmoor Zoo have recently been awarded the best small attraction in the South West, which is a fantastic achievement! Be sure to check out their website before you visit for a discount on tickets and to view the events timetable! And check out this page to find out all about the park's new arrivals so you can look out for some serious adorable babies on the day (the puma cubs were there on our visit but we didn't get a chance to spot them!).


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