Twycross Zoo also calls itself “The World Primate Centre”, which should give you a very good idea what they are specialised in. This does not mean that they only have primates, but they do dominate and the majority of their animals are monkeys of all sizes. We love them and had fun watching them, at some enclosures we spend ages because they were just so entertaining.
They have more than 1000 animals and there is a wonderful selection from all around the world, including the ever-so-cute merkats, Chimpanzees, camels, elephants, deers, hyenas, a large variety of birds, One of their stars is a snow leopard who’s given birth to two adorable cubs in May 2011. Of course we were dying to see them but sadly had no luck, both times we visited the Himalaya enclosure neither the mummy nor her babies were anywhere to be seen.
We had more luck with the gorillas, which also had a baby recently, and managed to get a very good and long look at the proud mum and dad and their little one.
One of the highlights of the day was the themed areas which are not to be missed. We loved the Borneo Longhouse and the Sri Lankan themed elephant walkway, both are superbly designed and offer so much to explore.
There are also several play areas, the kids didn’t ask for playtime so we gave them all a miss. The small fun fair offered a variety of carousels for smaller kids, sadly only one of them was open, and a train ride. The later is suitable for all the family. What we did like is that they do not charge you for these rides. They might not be new and a bit dated, but from our experience small children don’t care about that at all.