We visited Drusillas Park in Alfriston, East Sussex on a beautiful, sunny half-term day, which made for a perfect family outing.
My eight-year-old daughter had been very excited at the idea of seeing lots of animals, especially the cotton-top tamarins and their new babies, who were easy to spot clinging to their mothers’ back.
A handy animal spotter booklet, available to pick up at the entrance, encouraged us to find a number of animals on our way round and get a stamp for each one we found. The booklet also contained lots of information on each of the animals and whether they are endangered species.
Highlights from our visit included the ring-tailed lemurs and Rodrigues fruit bats, which we saw up close in walk-through enclosures, and the rainbow lorikeets, which we hand fed nectar to. We also saw the newly arrived scarlet ibis who are beautiful birds and were stunning to see.
The giant anteaters and two-toed sloth were some of the more unusual animals we encountered, with the squirrel monkeys and meerkats the most fun and inquisitive creatures by far.
Lots of activities were on offer at Drusillas to keep younger visitors amused, including a safari themed adventure playground with Go Safari rides, Amazon soft play area, plus the UK’s only Hello Kitty themed attraction.
In fact, there was so much to see and do at Drusillas we managed to spend an entire day there!
To find out more about visiting Drusillas Park, including feeding experiences which can be booked in advance, go to www.drusillas.co.uk or call 01323 874100.