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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Adult £15.95 £14.50
Children (3-15 Years) £11.95 £10.85
Under 3's FREE FREE
Senior Citizen (65 Years+) £13.95 £12.65
Registered Disabled    
Child / Adult / Carer £7.95 £7.20

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Spectacled Owl

Pulsatrix perspicillata

In Brazil the spectacled owl is known as the ‘knocking owl’ because their call sounds like the continuous tapping of a woodpecker!



Size: 43 - 52cm
Weight: 590 - 980g



The spectacled owl lives in thick tropical rainforests, wetlands and savannahs, from Mexico to South America.



These owls are nocturnal (active at night) and hunt a variety of prey, including small mammals, insects and birds.



Nests are built in hollow trees and 2-3 eggs are laid and incubated for 5 weeks. The chicks are white and will change colour many times before having their adult plumage.



Spectacled owls are not believed to be endangered as they have a large population that appears to be stable.

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