• Phoebe Davenport

The Ten best Zoos and Safari Parks to visit in the UK this summer

It is World Elephant Day today and we can celebrate this wonderful and majestic creature and its home of Africa and Asia. At Oakleaf Private Childcare we have also been looking at amazing places to see the Elephant as well as some of the worlds other magnificent animals and creatures.

The UK has so many amazing places to visit this summer from London Zoo to a Safari Park with hundred of acres to explore. Our list of our favourite zoos and Safari Parks to visit this summer has the top ten Zoos and Safaris in the United Kingdom to visit.

1. London Zoo

London Zoo has an amazing variety of animals from all over the world of 20,329 animals and creatures including African lions, Elephants, Rhinos, Giraffes, Chimpanzees and Amur tigers as well as many more!

Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY

0344 225 1826

2. Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo has some endangered black Rhino's, Gorillas, Asian Elephant, Sloth, Jaguar, Lions and Giraffes as well as a huge variety of other mammals and reptiles.

Chester CH2 1EU

01244 380280

3. Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo has Rhinos, Tigers, African Elephants, Pygmy Hippo's, Giraffes and Lions as well as many other wonderful animals.

Maldon Rd, Heckfordbridge, Colchester CO3 0SL

01206 331292

4. Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo have Koalas, Leopard, Rhino's, Flamingos and Lion, Jaguar, Leopard and Tigers and hundreds of other wonderful creatures to see.

Edinburg Zoo, 134 Corstorphine Rd, Corstorphine, Edinburgh EH12 6TS

0131 334 9171

5. Bristol Zoo

Bristol Zoo and Gardens Lions, Flamingos, Butterflies, Monkeys, Gorillas and Penguins. Lema walk through and Butterfly Forest may be subject to changes and may be closed.

College Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA

0117 428 5300

6. Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo has Leopards, Tiger, Bearded Lizard, Zebras, Flamingos, Meerkats, Pigmy Hippopotamus and white Rhinoceros as well as many other beautiful birds and animals.

Thompson's Ln, Colden Common, Winchester SO21 1JH

01962 777407

7. Howletts Wildlife Park

Howletts Wildlife Park has over 390 animals, Giant ant eaters, African Elephants, Gorillas, Black Rhino, Snow Leopards, and three different kinds of Tiger as well as Lions and many more lovely animals and exhibits to see.

Bekesbourne Ln, Bekesbourne, Littlebourne, Canterbury CT4 5EL

01227 721286

8. Longleat Safari

Longleat Safari is the first place outside of Africa to have a drive through Safari, one can move uninhibited through acres of beautiful landscape where you can come across Elephant's, White Rhino's, Amur Tiger's, Humboldt Penguin's, Cheetah's, Giraffe's, African Lion's and even a Rainbow Lorikeet.

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park, Warminster, United Kingdom

01985 844400

9. Cotswold Wildlife Park

Cotswold Wildlife Park is a beautiful place to visit for all the family and has over one hundred and thirty birds, as well as Lions, Camels, Zebras, Ant Eaters and Giraffes as well as beautiful gardens featuring a tropical glass house.

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Bradwell Grove, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4JP

+44 (0) 1993 823 006

10. West Midland Safari Park

West Midland Safari Park is a fantastic Safari Park with over six hundred animals, many different species and endangered animals including Rhinos, Giraffe’s, Tigers, Zebras, Buffalos and Ostridge’s.

West Midland Safari Park. Bewdley, Worcs, DY12 1LF.

01299 402114.

What we love about going to the zoo is that you can get up close and see the animals of all shapes, sizes, colours, moods and temperaments. Not much can beat seeing a lion roar in person or watching an elephant give its keeper a hug.

We hope you enjoy your special day out and let's all celebrate the wonderful world that we share with these majestic creatures on World Elephant Day today!

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