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The UK is a nation of animal lovers and the range of wildlife parks and zoos in South East England would have Noah needing to build another ark!

Get closer than ever before with unique experiences at safari parks, discover how our zoos are leading the way in conservation and explore how animal and wildlife parks protect British species, reptiles and birds to ensure these wonderful creatures can thrive for many years to come. By visiting zoo’s, wildlife parks and safaris you are helping to support the conservation work they undertake as well as having a great family day out.

Zoos in Kent

Howletts Wild Animal Park near Canterbury and Port Lympne Reserve near Folkestone are specifically designed to protect and breed endangered species with the aim of returning them to their natural habitats. Howletts is regarded as a breeding sanctuary for some of the most rare and endangered species in the world and prides itself on its large enclosures. 

Port Lympne is home to Kent's only safari experience with close access to animals from the safari truck at feeding times. The watering hole isn't the only refreshment on-site since becoming Europe's first animal focused holiday destination for short breaks.

Zoos in Sussex

Drusillas Park in East Sussex is a fun finding out day out for all the family! Widely regarded as the best small zoo in Europe, Drusillas offers a home to over one hundred different animal species.

One of the UK's best zoos for domestic animals and informative keeper talks is the British Wildlife Centre on the Surrey/Sussex border. It's home to more than 40 species of wildlife native to the UK from red deer and owls to otters and wildcats.

Zoos in Hampshire

Marwell Zoo near Winchester is famous for its wetsuit wearing penguin Ralph, but this spacious wildlife park is home to white rhino, tigers, hippos as well as a giraffe house and viewing point giving close access to these beautiful creatures. Marwell's land train lets you conveniently explore the park at your leisure without having to walk too far.

The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a visitor centre and conservation charity that works in the fields of conservation, education, rehabilitation and research of birds of prey. It boasts some of the best flying displays you can wish to find including demystifying vultures and the powerful kick of a secretary bird.

Animal & Wildlife Parks in South East England

Providing a fun, inspiring and often educational day out, there are a host of animal and wildlife parks in South East England

Oxfordshire

For a unique animal experience, come eye-to-eye with 12 species of crocodile at Crocodiles of the World in Oxfordshire with underwater viewing and feeding displays.

Hampshire

The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a visitor centre and conservation charity that works in the fields of conservation, education, rehabilitation and research of birds of prey. It boasts some of the best flying displays you can wish to find including demystifying vultures and the powerful kick of a secretary bird.

The New Forest Wildlife Park, Hampshire is home to an amazing range of wildlife, including four species of otter, 12 species of owl and four species of deer.  Located in the beautiful New Forest National Park, many of the animals here, such as the giant otter, are on the IUCN endangered species Red List and we’re doing our best to help breed and conserve them for the future.

Berkshire

Beales Wildlife Park is set in 30 acres against the stunning backdrop of the River Thames.  Located in Lower Basildon just 6 miles from Reading, the park mixes mammals and birds with the strong events program, to make for a great family day out.  The wildlife park is committed to the conservation of rare and endangered species and works to support a number of conservation initiatives that contribute to species and habitat survival.

Kent

Eagle Heights Wildlife Park in Dartford is a not-for-profit organisation with an extensive conservation and breeding programme. Expect to find birds of prey, meerkats, reptiles and even siberian huskys.

Find an animal attraction or zoo near you by selecting the 'Map View' button below and see what's in the local area.

Remember at this time it is important to take a little while to plan your visits and make sure you 'know before you go'.  Most attractions will require you to pre-book your tickets before you travel so that they can restrict the number of visitors.  Please check the individuals animal park, zoo or safari websites before you visit.

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  1. South of England Rare Breeds Centre

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    Farm

    Woodchurch

    Large collection of rare farm breeds on a working farm with children's play activities. Home to the 'Tamworth Two'. Woodland walks.

  2. Howletts Wild Animal Park

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Canterbury

    The Aspinall Foundation's Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent is a great day out for groups of all sizes where education, conservation and fun combine. Set in over 100 acres of beautiful ancient parkland.

  3. Drusillas Park

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Alfriston

    Widely known as the best small zoo in Europe, Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic day out that includes hundreds of exotic animals, from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas.

  4. Hawk Conservancy Trust

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Andover

    The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a visitor centre and conservation charity that works in the fields of conservation, education, rehabilitation and research of birds of prey.

  5. Port Lympne Reserve

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Ashford

    Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, set in 600 acres, has something for everyone, whether you're interested in animals, historic houses, elegant gardens or magnificent scenery, you'll have a totally wild day out!

    www.aspinallfoundation.org

  6. Tapnell Farm Park

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    Farm

    YARMOUTH

    Set in acres of beautiful countryside, surrounded by amazing views of the Isle of Wight, Tapnell Farm Park is one of the Island’s biggest all-weather, fun-filled family attractions.

    There’s so much to see and do, with just as much inside as…

  7. The 1642 Living History Village

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    Museum

    Rowner, Gosport

    A representational Hampshire village set in the year 1642. Timber and thatched buildings, occupants dressed and speak in 17thC style.

  8. Manor Farm (Farm and Museum)

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    Farm

    Southampton

    Traditional Hampshire farmstead - range of buildings, farm animals, machinery and equipment, pre-1950's farmhouse and 13thC church set for 1900 - living history site.

  9. Fishers Adventure Farm Park

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    Farm

    Billingshurst

    Award-winning Adventure Farm Park and open all year. Ideally suited for ages 2-11 years. Huge variety of animals, rides and attractions from the skating rink, to pony rides, toboggan run, bumper boats, theatre shows and much much more!

  10. Capstone Farm Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Gillingham

    Capstone Farm Country Park is one of Medway's finest green spaces, offering wonderful opportunities for walking, running, cycling and more in 114 hectares of former farmland on the North Downs.

  11. Crocodiles of the World

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Carterton

    Come and join us on a great day out with photo opportunities, feeding displays, crocodile talks and much more. Not to mention meeting all the amazing crocodiles, alligators and caimans.
    Highlights include:
    Meet all 12 crocodile species - including…

  12. Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Dartford

    Eagle Heights is a Not for Profit organisation that is home to a vast collection of Birds of Prey as well as Meerkats, Reptiles, Servals and over 20 rescued Huskies!

  13. Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Reserve

    Hill Head

    Wetland nature reserve with varied habitats including river, marshland and scrapes. Excellent birdwatching with easy access to the viewing hides. Good views of other wildlife.

  14. Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail

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    Nature Reserve

    Arlington

    Enjoy vistas of bluebells in 23 acres of ancient woodland. Walks and trails through three farms. Countryside exhibition. One walk is wheelchair friendly.

  15. The National Animal Welfare Trust

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    Farm

    Hungerford

    Set in 10 acres of farmland on the edge of the Lambourn Downs, Trindledown Farm is dedicated exclusively to caring for those animals enjoying the twilight years of their lives. Our centre is home to both field animals and domestic pets. Elderly…

  16. British Wildlife Centre

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Lingfield

    The British Wildlife Centre is the best place to see and learn about Britain’s own wonderful wildlife, with over forty different species including deer, foxes, otters, badgers, pine martens and red squirrels.

  17. Farmer Gow's

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    Farm

    Faringdon

    Farmer Gow’s ~ the ‘favourite place on earth’ for lots of its young visitors.

  18. Heaven Farm Museum

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    Museum

    Uckfield

    Historic farm on A275, 1 mile south of Danehill near the Bluebell Railway and Sheffield Park Garden. Fishing, museum, nature trail and tea rooms.

  19. Coombes Farm Tours

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    Farm

    Lancing

    In Coombes, near Lancing, West Sussex, England UK where the Passmore family have been farming for 5 generations since 1901.

  20. Fairytale Farm

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Chipping Norton, Chipping Norton

    Mixing classic fairy tales, animals and adventure play, children will love Fairytale Farm. With our exciting adventure playground, an enchanted walk with a surprise around every corner and a chance to meet our amazing animals, there is so much to…

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