Now celebrating its 50th year, Twycross Zoo is renowned as a specialist primate zoo and has a wide variety of monkeys and apes including the UK's only group of bonobos. We have breeding groups of many endangered primate species so we often have babies and toddlers playing around in our orang utan and bonobo groups, and in many of our monkey groups.
Set in more than 80-acres, we have around 900 animals of more than 160 species to see, including many endangered animals and native species in the Zoo's Wetlands area. You can walk with our ring-tailed lemurs in their new walk-through enclosure; see our giant tortoises sunbathing in their new grass area and watch our penguins take their daily walk. Our keepers present regular talks and feeds where you can learn a bit more about some of our animals such as the chimpanzees, penguins and coatis.
Twycross Zoo's award winning Education Department offers a variety of discovery opportunities for many different types of groups and parties. Amongst others, the Zoo holds the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, all sessions are curriculum linked and all are designed to best engage all age groups.
Our world-class Himalaya Centre delivers fantastic food in a 300 seat all-day restaurant overlooking a Himalayan themed snow leopard enclosure and shopping in the Bazaar. It also plays host to unrivalled conference facilities in Windows on the Wild and fine art in Twycross Gallery. We also have several other eateries on site, including: Dino Diner, Gorilla Outpost and the Dome and indoor picnic facilities in Cockatoo Café.
We are open 364 days a year from 10.00am (we only close Christmas Day) -and until 2nd September 2013 15 life-like animatronic dinosaurs will be exhibited in the Zoo's new Dinosaur Valley attraction.
The Zoo is located only four-miles from junction 11 of the M42/A42 (which links the M1 and M6) making it readily accessible from anywhere in central England. We offer free parking.