Please note that we have been informed that there will be essential maintenance to the payment portal for payments being taken via our website. This is taking place on Wednesday 20 February 2019 between 4:45am and 7:00am. We advise guests who wish to purchase annual passes or tickets to do so outside these times. On behalf of our payment provider, we apologise for any inconvenience.


The Roadtrain at the zoo has, regretfully, broken down. As a result there will be no service around the zoo for the remainder of the school half term holiday as a minimum. We sincerely apologise for any disappointment this may cause.

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Children (3-15 Years) £11.95 £10.85
Under 3's FREE FREE
Senior Citizen (65 Years+) £13.95 £12.65
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Child / Adult / Carer £7.95 £7.20

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Poitou Donkey

Equus asinus asinus poitou

The Poitou (pronounced Pwa-too) donkey is immediately distinguishable from other donkeys because of its great height, which is often more than 1.4 metres and because of its dark, shaggy coat.



Size: Shoulder height 140cm
Weight: 400 – 600kg



The Poitou (pronounced Pwa-too) donkey is named after an old region of France from which it originates.



Like horses, donkeys are grazers, although donkeys do need more fibre than horses for a good diet.



Females give birth to one young (foal) after a pregnancy of 12 months. The male is called a Baudet (pronounced Bo-day) and the female is an Anesse.



Even though it is a domestic animal, the Poitou donkey is a rare breed. In 1977 a study and census was carried out and it revealed that only 44 pure bred Poitou could be found! In France “La SAUBAUD” association was set up to ‘Save the Poitou Donkey’ and their work continues.

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