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Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo

Address Folly Farm, Begelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire, SA68 OXA
Telephone 01834 812731
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This critique last updated:  Jan 2009

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Review by David Lomas May 2008

Folly Farm! OK, Folly Farm is both more than a zoo and smaller than most – but nevertheless it's not without merit. Folly Farm is a multi-attraction park in Pembrokshire, South Wales about a 20 minute drive away from the resort town of Tenby. The zoo is one of a half a dozen attractions at the park that also include a farm and a classic funfair that is under cover (i.e. 'all weather'). The target audience for Folly Farm (http://www.folly-farm.co.uk/) would seem to be families with children at primary school or younger. On the day of my visit in April, it was dull and overcast.

The zoo is off to one side of the park away from the funfair and other indoor attractions. It is is therefore a relatively quiet place. The zoo, a member of BIAZA, is a mainly flat space, with outdoor enclosures for Zebra, Ostrich, Bactrian Camels, Bongo, Reindeer, Lemurs (3 species and part of the European Breeding Programme), Meerkats and more. The enclosures are generally large and well appointed. There are aviaries, wildfowl and tortoises. Several things took the eye. There are a pair of Fossa, small carnivores from Madagascar, that are rarely seen in UK zoos. The accompanying information is fulsome. Secondly, there is a Raccoon enclosure that was modeled on a 'wild west gold mine' with running waterfall. This is a neat piece of context setting – much as other zoos frequently use a farm setting as a backdrop for their Barn Owl aviary.

Finally, there is a trio of Brazilian Tapirs who have access to the large adjoining wildfowl lake. The sight of the day was the seeing these animals go for a late afternoon circuit swim with only their heads (and in one case only a nose visible and held high periscope-style) as they took an extended swim around the lake. This access to such an extensive waterway for these tapirs gives the visitor the chance to marvel at their ability in water and their adaption to an aquatic environment.

Other zoos should take Folly Farm's cue and support afternoon swims for tapirs!



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