Cotswold Wildlife Park
Wildlife & Gardens Experience
The Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens is one of the UK’s largest zoological collections and exciting gardens. Showcasing the sheer beauty and diversity of the natural world, it’s a magical place to visit.
Set in over 160 acres of beautiful parkland, The Cotswold Wildlife Park has an outstandingly diverse range of animal sections. This includes over 130 species of birds. In the mammal section, you can see camels, tapirs, giraffes, and Asiatic lions. The small mammal collection includes primates and two conservation projects that the park is deservedly proud of. The Crowned sifaka and Greater bamboo lemurs are two of the most endangered primate species in the world but thrive here. The Madagascan Walkthrough exhibit is one of the must-do attractions. It gives visitors a real insight into the lives of these marvellous creatures. For reptile lovers, the collection here is one of the largest in the world.
There are beautiful gardens to explore including the Victorian walled garden and mature tree-planting landscape. The planting in and around the animal exhibits is a huge part of the work here and raises its own, interesting set of challenges.
Along with the calendar of seasonal events, there is a timetable of daily activities. These include the crowd favourites of penguin and lemur feeding. Before and after your visit keep an eye on the park webcams to see what your favourite animals are up to.
The Oak Tree Restaurant offers a range of hot meals, sandwiches, cakes, and drinks, and you can enjoy a picnic on one of the many spacious lawns overlooking the rhino, zebra, and giraffe enclosures. There’s also a railway and adventure playground where younger visitors can let off some steam. Dogs on a lead are welcome but there are a few areas where they are not permitted.
To note: Cotswold Wildlife Park is a member of EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria). They share and exchange animals with other collections to further breeding programmes of conservation importance. Your visit to them helps support this work. Dogs are welcome on a lead, there is easy access for wheelchairs to all enclosures, and there are baby changing and toilet facilities.