Seaview Wildlife Encounter on the Isle of Wight is the only attraction on the island offering one-on-one Penguin and Meerkat Encounters. Found on the north east coast of the island, on the outskirts of the yachting village of Seaview, it is a hidden gem.
New Forest Wildlife Park in Hampshire is owned by Carol and Roger Heap, who are dedicated to wildlife conservation. The park is home to many native or adoptive species, including Eurasian, Asian short-clawed and North American river otters and the endangered giant otter.
Living Coasts in Torquay, run by the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, is the best in Europe for breeding a number of key species including African penguins, blue spotted stingrays and Inca terns, for which the attraction manages the European studbook.
Drusillas Park near Alfriston in East Sussex is a family-run business, founded in 1922 when the late Captain Ann bought a derelict farm and 20 acres of land and opened a tea room, named after his first wife, Drusilla, adding attractions and animals to help boost trade.
Over 40 living displays reveal the variety of life in the deep at Blue Reef Aquarium Tynemouth. A range of creatures are on view including stingrays, tropical sharks, otters, frogs and seahorses.
Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth can be found on Clarence Esplanade in Southsea. At the aquarium’s heart is the giant ocean tank where an underwater tunnel offers close encounters with puffer fish, triggerfish and hundreds of vibrant tropical fish amind a recreated coral reef.
Opened in Cheshire in 1998, Blue Planet Aquarium is part of the new generation of wildlife attractions that aim to inspire a deeper understanding of the aquatic world by taking visitors on a fascinating journey of discovery.
Lives in swamps and wetlands. Its paws are a distinctive feature, its claws not extending beyond the fleshy end pads of its partially webbed fingers and toes.
One of the UK’s flagship attractions, ZSL London Zoo, is run by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Founded in 1826, the society’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.