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Where to discover animals this February half term

Looking for wildlife inspired days out with the kids next week? We’ve selected some great places to visit for unusual experiences this holiday.

Children visiting ZSL London Zoo are in for a treat this half-term holiday as they get the chance to go behind the scenes and find out what it takes to be a zoo vet for the day.

From Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd February, Vets in Action allows children to step into the role of a vet at the zoo’s Animal Hospital, an award-winning role-playing experience for budding veterinarians. Help experts examine, x-ray and treat a number of (toy) animals, with additional demonstrations, talks and activities on offer throughout the week.

Meet a collection of giant snakes as they slither into action at Warwick’s Hatton Adventure World this half-term. Get up close to boa constrictors, reticulated pythons, Burmese pythons and a tengu, with each snake measuring from five to 16 feet long! Handling sessions and interactive talks with a snake expert take place three times daily, with additional wildlife workshops offering the chance to make bird feeders, toys for the animals and learn all about Hatton’s weird and wonderful creatures.

Barleylands Farm Park in Essex invites visitors to see fruit bats, sugar guilders, skunk, tenrec, jerboa and large-eared hedgehogs in its newly opened nocturnals and exotics house, with a fascinating variety of snakes, frogs, tortoises, lizards and insects in the Rainforest habitat above.  Lesser-known animals such as blue-tongued skink, tiger salamander and Caribbean land hermit crab will also be on display, with up-close experiences and handling sessions available.

Younger visitors can become Jawsome Rangers when they visit  SEA LIFE aquariums across the UK this half term. Help Professor Finn find the missing Top Trumps cards on an immersive trail around the aquarium. Find out all about the incredible sharks and sea creatures that live in our oceans, with newly qualified rangers receiving a special reward to take home after this fun and educational day out.

Escape the February rain with a visit to Twycross Zoo where you’ll find a selection of state-of-the-art indoor enclosures to take shelter. From the award-winning Chimpanzee Eden and its troop of cheeky monkeys to the Butterfly Forest, Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest, there’s plenty on offer for families to enjoy. Find out more about the animals with daily keeper talks and meet some of the Zoo’s newest residents, including Sumatran tigers, Jahly and Sailang, and eastern black rhino, Nandi, who arrived at Twycross last year.

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