We last went to Twycross Zoo when H was still a toddler and I’m not sure why we hadn’t been back since because it was a good day out. So when we were invited along to review the zoo, we jumped at the chance because we were overdue a return visit. Twycross Zoo have a lot more apes and other primates than any other zoo we’ve been to and we have been to several around the country. So the Gibbon Forest seemed like a good place to start. We got to see quite a few different types of gibbon and learn more about these fascinating creatures and their habitat.
The only time I’ve seen Orang Utans is at Twycross Zoo. They are fascinating creatures to watch: H and I found it quite hypnotic to watch them move around and we got there just as they were being fed too, so we got to watch them gathering up their food and settling down somewhere comfortable to eat. In fact, Twycross Zoo is the only place in the UK where you can see all the different types of great ape, so it’s a great place to compare the different species.
We certainly learnt a lot about monkeys and apes as there were all sorts of different ways to learn. There are lots of fun exhibits and educational displays. The primates are in large enclosures and it’s easy to watch them moving around. You can even get up very close to the lemurs by taking a visit to the Walking with Lemurs enclosure.
We enjoyed trying to spot the various zoo babies and there were helpful signs so we knew which enclosures had them. The monkey babies were usually easy to spot as they were hanging onto their mothers.
Other highlights of our trip included visiting the beautiful rainbow lorikeets and like the lemurs, you can get up close to them. This picture was taken without any fancy zoom lens, so you can see we were able to get a really good view.
There’s plenty of other animals apart from the apes, monkeys and lorikeets. We saw meerkats, zebras, giant tortoises and much more.
A big highlight for us was visiting the alpaca in the Explorer Zone – we have been fans of alpaca since our visit last year to the Scottish Alpaca Championships.
We had a great day out and I think we’d like to go back again on a warmer drier day to try out the Wet n’Wild area which looked a lot of fun, but H wasn’t quite brave enough to get wet on a day that wasn’t the warmest.