Detailed review by jl132
Manchester, United Kingdom
The park is open all year and you can park right at the park. Parking costs five euros per car. When you've passed the entrance you will be asked if you want a picture taken. The picture you can see later on a screen (this is on the same square). I normally don’t do this because these pictures are often overpriced anyway but suppose it’s nice to have.
I think the zoo is very nicely laid out. There are clear signs everywhere so you can easily find something. If you've never been there is an easy trail to follow, so at least you'll miss nothing. The nice thing about this park is that it was a rather open feeling. Everything is in the open but you are safe. So you can enjoy walking through the bear’s forest, where the path is separated from the great bears but you feel really like you are walking with the bears through the forest. For example the lions stand behind a stone wall and there is water between you and the lions. On the other side a high wall with large thick windows. So you can see the lions on either side. For children and people who love you can also shudder in a section where you can visit large snakes. Also nice are the tarantulas. All behind clear glass so you can see them very well. Polar bears have a large fenced area with glass walls so you can really see the polar bears well and even under water at one of the sides! So nice to see and something different than usual.
At the entrance of the park you get a map and an overview of when a show is. It is certainly on the weekends often already very busy time with a low row in front is the result. Buggies and strollers are not allowed inside but outside there is a stroller parking lot. People may of course go inside with a wheelchair. They get a place at the beginning of the pool. The first couple of seats (and some of the wheelchair spots) there is some danger of getting pretty wet!
At the entrance you will also get an overview stating when the animals are fed. That is of course always a nice thing to see, especially for children. Make sure if you want to see you know where to go and going there on time because they really start on time (the animals know that it is dinner time ...)
Ravotapia is the crow's nest were often an educational presentation is hold but also sometimes a musical performance and it’s more for the little ones.
This zoo is really worth a visit. Lots of variety and you can see the animals up close. For small children the animals are often all visible which I think is a big plus. It is nicely laid out, so you can enjoy walking through the park. Especially for older children the large play area is nice with nice weather. The sea lion show is always a big hit with kids. It’s a combination of a zoo and playground so especially for children its have heaven on earth!