Set in 33 acres of beautiful woodland with some stunning views of the surrounding countryside, Dartmoor Zoological Park is a unique family owned zoo with a fantastic collection of animals. These include tigers, lions, jaguar and lynx (the largest collection of big cats in the region), bears, wolves, tapir, capybara, racoons, meerkats, monkeys, a fantastic collection of bugs and reptiles and much more.
We work very hard to ensure that the development of the zoo does not have an adverse effect on the beautiful woodland environment which makes it quite unique among zoos. As a consequence we have plenty of open spaces for the kids to run free and visitors are very welcome to bring a picnic and simply enjoy the surroundings.
We have regular daily events such as public talks at feeding times, animal encounters and special activities for the kids during the holidays such as quiz-trails and face-painting. Our restaurant is a great place to stop off for a coffee and cake or a freshly cooked lunch and there's space set aside for the under-fives to roll around with toys.
We are open daily from 10am all year round.
We work very hard to preserve our beautiful woodland environment. As a consequence we have plenty of natural open spaces for family fun where the kids can run free. Visitors are also very welcome to bring a picnic and simply enjoy the surroundings.
Winter (from 1 November)
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
Summer (March to October)
10:00 - 18:00
Last entry is 1 hour 15 minutes before closing.
Closed on Christmas Day.
Child (4 to 15 years): £9.85
Child Concession (Disabled): £8.95
3 and under: Free
Family (4 persons, max 2 adults): £42
Dartmoor Zoological Park came into being in its current form in 2006, when the Mee family came across Dartmoor Wildlife Park, a dilapidated zoo with a poor reputation and in massive financial difficulty. Rather than running a mile, the family were struck by the fact that if a purchaser couldn't be found, the vast majority of the animals would have been destroyed. They forged forwards, bought the zoo, saved the animals, and fought to get the zoo ready to re-open which it finally did in July 2007 under the new name of Dartmoor Zoological Park.
It was a difficult time, made much harder by the return of his wife Katherine's brain tumour, which sadly this time was terminal, and looking after his two young children. His story was documented within 'We Bought A Zoo', and he now conducts talks to inspire people to never give up, no matter what life throws at you, and is an ambassador for the Charity Brain Tumour Research.
The Dartmoor Zoo story is still ongoing, and the latest chapter is, that after a crowdfund which took place at the end of 2014, the zoo has completed the conversion into a charity. This gives the zoo security for the future, and enables Benjamin's dream of turning the zoo into a centre of excellence for research, conservation, and education to come one step closer. The zoo is well on the way with incredible education and research departments, and ties with many universities, including Plymouth University.
So, for one of the best days out in Devon visit Dartmoor Zoo, Winner of the Eden Channel's Top Wildlife Attraction of the Year 2011, and subject of the Hollywood movie “We Bought A Zoo” starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.