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Animal Experiences in Herts

Ellie Motta
19th February 2023

Monkeys swinging high in the trees, lions’ whiskers blowing in the breeze. The animals have come out to play, so why not join them on an adventurous day? Why not, embrace your wild side and make unforgettable memories by getting up close and personal with some exotic creatures. From tigers to meerkats, ponies to reptiles, you have the opportunity to have a ‘furry’ cool experience playing, feeding and learning all about our fuzzy wildlife friends. So strap in as we take you for a spin on the Hertfordshire animal experience tour. You’ll be ‘roaring’ to go…

Paradise Wildlife Park

First stop is Paradise Wildlife Park, a wildlife park with a difference, offering the most animal experiences in the whole of the UK! If you’re feeling brave feed a big cat and with Paradise being the only UK Wildlife Park to house all five big cats, there are plenty to choose from. If felines aren’t your thing you can meet the meerkats, chill with the sloths and even have a bug bonanza in the reptile house.

A rumble in the jungle…

Willows Activity Farm

Now we hop on over to Willows Activity Farm which has over 300 farm animals and over 40 activities you and your little ones can get stuck into. Better still, you can meet your childhood hero, Peter Rabbit as he and his friends take part in daily shows and meet and greets. Be sure to head over to the feeding area where you can stroke rabbits, feed the chickens and leap with the lambs.

Old MacDonald had a farm…

Shepreth Wildlife Park

Next up is Shepreth Wildlife Park which was opened in 1984 as a refuge for injured and orphaned animals. Skip to modern day and it has become one of East Anglia’s major attractions offering exclusive zoo keeper experiences to make memories that will last a life time. You can meet your favourite furry friends or if you’re feeling a little courageous you can come face to face with the bugs and reptiles.

Off on a safari…

The Grove Hotel

Now, you've seen the beautiful mansion, you've walked the elegant park gardens but have you gone horse riding in them? Embark on a horse riding adventure through the stunning grounds of Ashridge Estate. Are you more of a bird of prey lover? Take part in the Woodland Hawking experience and meet the gorgeous birds of prey gliding through the trees and hold out your hand for the birds to land on your glove. 

A must see and do for those animal-lovers...

Standalone Farm

Last but certainly not least is Standalone Farm where you can get involved in farmyard experiences like no other. Have you ever milked a cow or ridden a tractor? Fed a pig or groomed a pony? Well you’re in luck as you can embrace the true country life at this farmyard. Keep an eye out for weekly activities such as creepy critters and lambing season!

Life on the farm…

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