If a zoo gets 450,000 visitors a year, you can be sure that it has plenty of exciting attractions. You can expect this from the Twycross Zoo in Norton Juxta Twycross in Leicestershire, England.
This zoo boasts the most extensive Western collection of apes and monkeys. It was considered the World’s Primate Center in 2006. Here are some of its major attractions:
Kingdom of the Apes
This zoo is the only one in the UK with all four great ape types. It is the place to go if you want to see the remarkable exhibit called “Walking with Lemurs.” In this section, you will be given entry to the territory of the black-and-white ruffed lemurs and the ring-tailed lemurs.
You will be given information about the threats to the lemur’s habitat in Madagascar. It will also allow you to get up close and personal with these high-energy prosimians.
In the Kingdom of the Apes, you will also find other animals, including tufted deer, dholes, and Darwin’s rhea.
Wet and Wild
This zoo attraction is home to several flamingoes and cranes, some Humboldt penguins and the Borneo longhouse aviary. The aviary is a walk-through exhibit designed as a copy of a traditional longhouse, providing a natural environment for birds to live and multiply.
When you enter this aviary, you will be able to understand the critical function of the world’s wetland habitats. This enclosure also contains non-avian animals, including bush dogs, capybaras, prairie dogs and yellow-throated martens.
This attraction is home to a group of critically endangered Amur leopards. They are the rarest big cats in the world. You will also see some of the endangered siamang gibbons in this section.
A new exhibit, the mixed “African Plain”, is home to several Chapman’s zebras and some meerkats. There is also an artificial termite mound where the meerkats love to do ‘sentry duty.
This popular attraction offers kids a new and exciting adventure playground complete with a café, pizzeria, gift shop and a Butterfly forest. It is a 600-square-meter walk-through exhibit where you will be led through a winding path with much foliage and hundreds of butterflies in different stages of their life cycles.
This is where you can also pet some of the ‘safer’ animals, such as guinea pigs, donkeys, ferrets, rabbits, rats, alpacas and goats.