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Welcome to goodzoos.com - The Good Zoo Guide Online - the only site that aims to provide official descriptions of every good zoo, wildlife park, and animal collection on the planet - as well as reviews and comments from visitors. Yes,  you can contribute your own reviews to this world zoo guide.

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park - Warning Tongue Ln, Doncaster, DN4 6TB 01302 535057
10:30 to 3:30 in winter
Read Latest Review (29/01/2013)

Blackbrook Zoological Park - Winkhill
February half term - 5th November 10 - 5.30 each day Last admissions 4pm 6th November - February half term 10 - Dusk Last admissions 3pm
Read Latest Review (06/02/2012)

Cabrera Visitor Centre Aquarium - Sant Jordi, Mallorca
10 am to 2.30 pm and 3.30 to 6 p.m..
Read Latest Review (20/12/2010)

West Midlands Safari Park - West Midland Safari Park, Spring Grove, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 1LF 01299 402114
See website
Read Latest Review (11/12/2010)

Whipsnade Zoo - Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LF 01582 872171
All year from 10am (except Christmas Day).
Read Latest Review (11/12/2010)

Woburn Safari Park - 01525 290407
Check their website for opening times.
Read Latest Review (11/12/2010)

Paignton Zoo - Paignton Zoo Environmental Park Totnes Road Paignton Devon TQ4 7EU 01803 697500
Paignton Zoo is open daily (except Christmas day) from 10.00 a.m. Closing times vary throughout the season, so please check before each visit. The Zoo is currently open until 6.00 p.m. with last entry at 5.00 p.m.
Read Latest Review (10/12/2010)

Welsh Mountain Zoo - Colwyn Bay, Conwy, North Wales, LL28 5UY 01492 532 938
Hours of Opening March to October: Gates open at 9.30am, last admission at 5.00pm, Zoo closes at 6.00pm November to February: Gates open at 9.30am, last admission at 4.00pm, Zoo closes at 5.00pm Closed Christmas Day
Read Latest Review (10/12/2010)

Knowsley Safari Park - 0151 430 9009
Knowsley Safari Park is open all year round (except Christmas Day). If the weather is very icy or snowy we are closed for safety reasons. Summer Opening Times: 1st March to 31st Oct. 10.00am Last entry to Safari Drive 4.00pm Winter Opening Times: 1st November to 28th February 10.30am Last entry to Safari Drive 3.00pm
Read Latest Review (09/12/2010)

Edinburgh Zoo - Corstorphine Road, Murrayfield, Edinburgh 0131 334 9171
We are open every day of the year - even Christmas Day! - from 9.00am. We close at the following times: April - September 6.00pm October and March 5.00pm November - February 4:30pm Please note that our animal houses close 15 minutes prior to these times.
Read Latest Review (05/12/2010)

 
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- and watch week by week as goodzoos.com grows to become your most valuable guide to the zoos of the world, to what animals you can see, and where, and to what real conservation work zoos are doing.  If the zoo you're looking for is missing, let us know. If we don't have admission prices or a description for your zoo - SEND THEM TO US! We'll publish them for free.  If the zoo descriptions are a little out of date - we apologise. We can't visit one thousand zoos. We need you to do this for us and to send us your reviews. Tell us about the zoos you've visited and the changes we've missed and we'll update the guide. We want goodzoos.com to be the world's most comprehensive source of zoo visitor information. [How do I contribute a critique?] [Tell me about my local zoo]  [Where can I visit to see red pandas?]
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We will publish a free page for your zoo with visitor information (directions, prices, etc) - and with a full animal list.
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How the Good Zoo Guide Works

The original Guide was published by HarperCollins in 1992. It only covered UK Zoos, but it covered them in some depth - giving history, background, and an exhibit by exhibit critique.  Zoos cooperated generously in helping to make the guide comprehensive and accurate. And now we have goodzoos.com - THE GOOD ZOO GUIDE ONLINE. And here is where YOU come in. Because we need a network of savvy, sassy Zoo Critics to scour the globe and to contribute to the guide. We want goodzoos.com  to be the number one source for visitors and zoos alike to find out about the zoos of the world.

How do I contribute to goodzoos.com?

Read some of our zoo reviews. Could you do better? We're looking for honest, valid, up-to date reviews. You'll need to love wildlife. You'll need to be committed to the cause of conservation, and believe that the wildlife of the world needs lifeboats. You may hate zoos per se. You may love them. No matter. You just need to be a constructive guide and critic. Think of theatre criticism, of film criticism. Zoos are no different. Visiting zoos needs to be uplifting and rewarding. We need to be enthused and educated. Many zoos simply depress us and confuse us. So next time you visit a zoo, take a notebook. Do some research. And send us your Good Zoo Guide review by eMAIL to editor@goodzoos.com  We'll publish it here with your name (if you want). We may edit it. We may just use selected comments. We may even ignore it altogether. But we will read every submission. And we'll gladly carry FREE 'official zoo descriptions' too. Check out our instructions page.

Where can I go to see Red Pandas?

Ah. Now this is the clever bit. We want every zoo to email us with their list of species; and we will publish the list for free on each zoo's page. Then all you will need to do is to visit our search page,enter the animal you want to find, and it will bring up a list of zoos! So if you represent a zoo - please email us your species list (common and scientific names) now. Help us please! This bit won't work without your cooperation! Several zoos have already sent us their species lists -  (for an example - see Marwell Zoo )and we hope to receive more every week. Zoos will benefit from this too - by finding out about other zoos that keep the same species. And remember, this is a world-wide site.

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We're Growing!
Yes, visitor reviews have started arriving, and we're excited by them. You'll find many on our zoo pages. But we need more. Lots more. And we still don't have basic details like admission prices and directions about so many zoos. And we're missing zoos from Australia and Brazil and Coumbia and Dahomey and Ethiopia and .... well you get the picture. So please get in touch if you work for a zoo, or if you visit zoos. Do your bit for wildlife.  Join our worldwide internet community of zoo lovers and critics. Click here to find out more.

 

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