A visit to Cotswolds Wildlife Park

Cotswold Wildlife Park

The Cotswolds are an area of England that I have not really explored, so when we were offered the chance to review Talbot Cottage in Stow on the Wold with Manor Cottages I started researching all the places we could visit locally.

Top of my list was Cotswold Wildlife Park which is located two miles south of Burford and just a short drive from where we were staying.

Cotswold Wildlife Park is one of the largest privately owned zoological collections in the UK and has over 260 different species of animals and the first ones we saw were these fascinating Emu’s who followed us around their enclosure.

Cotswolds Wildlife Park

Set in 160 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens, the park has a diverse and fascinating range of animals, beautiful grounds to explore, a large well-equipped play area and a narrow gauge railway which runs around the entire site.

Cotswolds Wildlife Park

Although the kids did not want to leave the play area, I managed to tear them away to look at the animals and we were all really impressed with what we saw.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

The enclosures are huge and not only do you get the chance to get up close to the animals, but they are also as close to roaming freely as they will come in a UK-based zoo.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

The Pelicans were wandering among us, although I am not sure the kids were so sure about being so close to them.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

The range of animals at the park is really impressive and the kids loved spotting animals as we wandered around. I was really surprised to see turtles resting on a log in the lake.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Cotswold Wildlife has welcomed some new additions this year and the kids were eager to try to spot the newborn Rhino who is so young he has yet to be given a name.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Sadly we only caught a glimpse of him as Mum was very over-protective, but the other Rhino’s were happily roaming outside in their huge paddock.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

One of my favourite animals are giraffe’s and in all my visits to see them at various zoo’s I have never been as close to them as we were here.

Cotwolds Wildlife Park

The kids loved watching them eating and even offered them bits of straw which they took gently from their hands.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Opposite the giraffe enclosure were the big cats including the stunning clouded leopard.

Cotswolds Wildlife Park

Last year the Asiatic Lions, Rana and Kanha, made history with their very first litter of cubs, giving birth to triplets, Kali, Sita and Sonika and all were chilling out and sunning themselves on a platform.

Cotswolds Wildlife Park

Another baby in the park who was much happier to have his photo taken was Clyde the camel baby.

Cotswolds Wildlife Park

Opposite the Camel paddock are the Porcupines and they had their first ever Porcupettes born earlier this year, although sadly we didn’t get to see them.

Inside the ‘Little Africa’ area are Gundi, an African small mammal that I had never heard of before which are housed next to the fascinating Naked Mole Rat colony. Did you know that these fascinating animals are the only species known to be immune to cancer, so they are scientifically a very important animal.

Cotswolds Wildlife Park

Hidden at the back in a wooded area are the wolves and we just about caught a glimpse of one watching the world go by.

Cotswolds Wildlife Park

The kids were keen to ride the train and next to it is the Wolverine enclosure, where spotted one as we waited for the train.

Cotswolds Wildlife Park

The train costs £1 per person and is well worth factoring into the budget as it gives you a great view of all the animals as it goes around the park.

Cotswolds Wildlife Park

There are also smaller enclosures to explore hidden behind the gift shop in the exotic gardens where you will find the penguins and smaller mammals.

Cotswolds Wildlife Park

Like the animals in the larger enclosures you can almost reach out and touch them they are so close.

Cotswolds Wildlife Park

We weren’t hopeful at spotting the Lemur’s in the Madagascar walk-through as the keeper told us they were all sleeping, but thanks to eagle-eyed Isaac, we spotted the snoozy bunch.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

We were really impressed with our visit to Cotswold Wildlife Park, there is so much to see and do that it will keep you entertained for the whole day and after hoping to see a Red Panda I finally got a brilliant view of one happily sat in a tree.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

You are more than welcome to take a picnic and there are plenty of areas to sit and enjoy is, but if you are planning a treat there is a large cafe serving hot meals, a smaller hot snack bar and that all important ice cream and tea/coffee hut too.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Tickets to Cotswold Wildlife Park cost from £14 for adults and £9.50 for children over the age of 3 if bought online in advance which I think is very reasonable for the amount of animals to see and activities on offer. Tickets on the door are £15 for adults and £10 for children.

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30 thoughts on “A visit to Cotswolds Wildlife Park

  1. Jules says:

    This looks/sounds gorgeous – I love the wolverine enclosure!

  2. Awww so lucky to catch a glimpse of a baby rhino. It sounds like such a lovely little family trip! xx

  3. Hannah says:

    Photo’s look lovely! My mum raves about the cotswolds so think I may have to visit soon!

  4. Stephanie says:

    We had a great day out there when we visited too. I loved it and one of my favourite animal parks

  5. We love it here. It is just the perfect day out for my two – the animals, the train and great play area. On a sunny day, it is just beautiful. Looks like you had a great day for it and were very lucky to see some of the more reclusive animals.
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  6. The wildlife park looks amazing! So many animals to see…we have yet to visit the Cotswolds but hopefully one day x

  7. We love it there too, it’s not too far from home and somewhere we often meet up with friends. Love their Red Pandas #CountryKids

  8. What a wonderful collection of animals, looks like you all had a brilliant day. And, it’s always lovely to see the new baby animals 🙂 #countrykids

  9. I must say I think the prices are very fair with all those animals. we know only too well how expensive it is to feed and maintain animals and ours aren’t half as exotic as the ones at Cotswold Wildlife Park. They do all look well cared for with good sized grounds which is always pleasing to see. That little train looks a must, what a lovely day out on your weekend away.

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  10. Nikki Thomas says:

    We didn’t go this summer which has to be the first time in years, we haven’t been. We love it there, there is so much to see and such an amazing selection of wildlife. I love the wolves and the giraffe platform is just amazing. I’m glad you enjoyed the Cotswolds, it is on our doorstep and we are really lucky.

  11. Oh that looks really good! I tend to get a bit meh about zoos as the conditions don’t always look great but this looks like the animals all have tons of space. The price is really reasonable too.

  12. I haven’t really explored the Cotswolds much but I really need to! This wildlife park looks fabulous for kids. Maybe I can steal some to take with me lol

  13. Helena says:

    It’s been so long since I visited this zoo despite it being nearby. I really ought to get around to visiting with my babies. #CountryKids

  14. It is great that the animals get free roaming enclosures and it looks like the kids had a good time at the Cotswolds Wildlife park! It looks great x

  15. kirsty says:

    I would love to visit the Cotswold it looks so pretty and untouched. The wildlife park looks like so much fun, I love Giraffes but the penguins are my favourite animal, I could spend hours looking at them!

  16. Emma says:

    Such amazing photos Kara 🙂

  17. I like more open plan wildlife parks, it makes me feel better for the animals. I’ve not yet been to this one though x

  18. Rachel says:

    I love that there are so many animals to see and how cute is it that mum was over-protective x

  19. Charlotte says:

    This is so pretty and I had no idea they had such a big wildlife park. This is something we would enjoy doing

  20. My kids are so into animals at the moment. They would love a visit to this wildlife park.

  21. What a great place to visit. The train is a great feature and something my two would enjoy. The entrance fees are really reasonable too 🙂

  22. Sonia says:

    This looks like an awesome day out and I am in love with Eliza’s backpack!! OMG it’s so fluffy! I want one 🙂

  23. Helen says:

    I used to visit here all the time as a child, in fact I think I’ve been on a school trip there too. It’s such a fun family day out with plenty of animals to see 🙂

  24. The Cotswold keeps popping up among bloggers and every time I see it I can’t believe I’ve never been. It looks like a beautiful part of the country!

  25. Talya says:

    Ahh this bring back memories I remember visiting when we were staying in the Cotswolds and we had such a brilliant time! Congrats again on the award lovely x

  26. Anosa says:

    I actually live so close to the cotstwolds but I am yet to explore further than Castle Combe. The wildlife park would be a great place to take my nephew

  27. My favourite part of the UK. We head up to the Cotswold at least once a year. I definitely be looking this place up.

  28. stephanie says:

    I’ve not really explored the Cotswolds either, but I’ve heard it’s lovely and the wildlife park looked like great fun x

  29. Fozia S says:

    Oh looks like a fabulous day out. It’s just over 2 hours away from us though! Might have to try to plan a visit though as looks great.

  30. Jon says:

    Looks like you had a fantastic day at the wild life park. Any day that involves Giraffes is always a fantastic day in my book!

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