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Top 5 zoos in England | Ethical Tourism

Ethical Travel is a hot topic at the moment. Mainly due to a rise in animals being used to draw in the unwitting travellers; From the Whale Sharks of Donsol; to the endless list of Elephant ‘sanctuaries’ across South East Asia. It’s hard to know what places really do have the animals best interests at heart. Here is a list of our favourite Zoos in England that do their absolute best for the animals and ensuring their happiness and conservation remains at the top of the zoo’s priorities:

London Zoo

London is without a doubt one of the best zoos in the UK and despite being so close to the City centre it offers one of the best conservation experiences you could ask for. The habitats here are huge and kept as close to natural as possible. Kangaroos have access to large sweeping sandy plains; The Tigers are able to hide in long shrubbery and grasslands. They also do a lot of conservation for the local wildlife too; Currently tracking the numbers and progress of the Thames Marine Mammals to ensure they remain safe. Adult prices start at £24.30 so we highly recommend you pack a picnic and make a day of it.

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Woburn Safari

Woburn offers a slightly different insight into the animals lives by keeping you in the cages. Stay in your car, drive through the wild exhibits and watch the animals display their natural behaviour almost completely free of walls. From bears and Lions to Rhino and Giraffe there’s plenty for everyone. They have an extensive breeding programme to try to keep these amazing creatures numbers up. They also support programmes such as the Amur Leopard Allegiance and the International Elephant Foundation. For an online ticket price of £21.99(adult) and £14.99(child) it may seem like a pricey day but you can go around as many times as you like to really make the most of it – Why not be brave and go through the Monkey enclosure and see what mischief they’re getting up to (bypass route is available)

Monkey World

Monkey World is the conservation centre featured on the popular TV programme Monkey Life so if you’re familiar with that you know how much hard work goes into rescuing and conserving the many species they house. Although not technically a zoo, this centre is definitely worth a visit to help support the global mission that Monkey World is on. Primates from all across the globe end up here after being rescued from the illegal pet trade, animal testing labs and poachers. A day visit here will cost you £12 per adult but they also accept donations, and any purchase made in the gift shop goes towards helping the centre too.

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park

I have watched this place grow from a little farm with a few rescue Zebra to the large education zoo that it is now. This is possibly the smallest zoo in the UK but it boasts one of the world’s largest Polar Bear Reserves – home to Nobby, Nissan, Pixel and Victor; Four males from all over the world who are hoped to become a part of a breeding programme in an aim to raise the numbers of these majestic creatures. Once you’ve taken in the beauty of these laid-back bears there is plenty more to see, 4 prides of lions live here too as well as Lemur, Giraffe, Amur Leopards, Tigers and plenty more. Adult tickets are £16 and you’ll find several eateries and rest stops planted across the grounds so no need for a picnic.Zoos in England

Chester Zoo

Chester’s main aim is to educate. Here they offer huge discounts for schools, as well as workshops to help start the learning early. On top of this, they also run global charities supporting animals in Africa, Asia and even in Latin America to name a few. With over 500 animals to admire you really do need a full day to fully explore the vast habitats, it has to offer. Our highlights though were the Andean Bears, the North African Cheetah and the Giant Otters. Adult prices here are £24 but considering the size of the place, and the huge effort they put into helping animals across the world – the high price is definitely worth it.

Zoos in England

All in all, I think the UK has a great selection of zoo’s, all of which do a great job to help save and conserve the animals that share our earth… these are just our 5 favourites! Have you been to any of these? what did you think – let us know, we’d love to hear from you!!

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Our favourite Ethical Zoos in England

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  • Shannon

    21/06/2017 at 12:00 pm

    I have a love-hate relationships with zoos. I love that I can see the animals live instead of just pictures in a book, but I do hate the captivity. It’s a good thing though for those whose species are at risk for instinction.

    • Lou_91x

      21/06/2017 at 8:21 pm

      I’m the same, which is why I always research them first to make sure they’re actively helping the wildlife too as well as looking after those that are captive <3

  • Shevoneese

    21/06/2017 at 6:34 pm

    So cool. I’ve always wanted to visit an interactive zoo like the Woburn Safari. Most of the zoos I’ve been have the animals behing cages and bars and they look so depressed.

  • Andrea

    22/06/2017 at 12:02 am

    I have a love-hate relationships with zoos it makes me so sad seeing the animals like that and especially when you hear of whales committing suicide it makes me sad to think of how the animals feel in there.

    • Lou_91x

      22/06/2017 at 7:24 am

      oh yea, I’ll never support places like seaworld. We do research before visiting any animal attraction to ensure they’re putting the effort in outside of the zoo too. If it wasn’t for places like Yorkshire, and Chester a lot of the charities would have a much smaller backing = a lot more animals going extinct quicker.

  • Hey Sharonoox

    22/06/2017 at 12:50 am

    We love going to the Zoo. These are amazing shots. I love watching animals in closed up especially those like the safari – it’s so much fun to drive thru and feed the animals!

  • Agentszerozerosetter

    22/06/2017 at 2:43 pm

    Interesting to know! I am planning a trip to England during next months! Will sure consider your list!

  • Team up Girl

    22/06/2017 at 11:56 pm

    I love zoos. When I was a kiddo we would go to the zoo every year at least once! I miss it. I’ve never been to the England ones but I liked the ones we had in the Czech Republic 🙂 so nice. Love your pictures btw, that bear is just cute, hanging out haha

  • Blair villanueva

    23/06/2017 at 5:55 am

    We should help to spread the awareness and educate our travelers in ethical and responsible travel and tourism. Not because you can pay doesn’t mean you can do anything. Let’s exercise respect on every creatures.

  • Anosa

    23/06/2017 at 8:00 pm

    Aww I want to go to the monkey world! I have been to a couple of these and London zoo is amazing! My son loves seeing the animals but I am always hesitant to take him as my sister is really big on conservation and hates the idea of zoo’s altogether


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