The Pink girls love animals, so their ideal day out is a farm or a zoo. We were invited to review Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire* and had such a lovely day. We went on a Sunday and got there early, and it felt like we have the place to our selves.
The first stop was the tortoises, but I have to admit the girls were more interested in climbing inside the giant shells than actually looking at the real ones!
Next were the birds, and most of them were out on display, even the owls, who were basking in the sun as they snoozed. Each cage has a lot of facts to read, which Ava loved – we all felt we’d learned a lot! I loved the signs showing sign language too. We saw some more birds up close at an indoor show, which was fun, and also a great opportunity to warm up on a cold day!
Black and White Animals at Paradise Wildlife Park
The girls liked the penguins, but not quite as much as me; they are my favourites. We got there at feeding time, and they lined up so patiently to be hand fed their fish!
Next came the zebras – a pretend one first, which Ava ‘fed’, then a real one. This photo was taken just before it snorted on Ava, much to her horror, and our amusement.
We met some polar bears, and a gorilla… OK, not real ones but that didn’t bother the girls.
Getting Close to Big Cats at Paradise Wildlife Park
When we’ve been to other zoos in the past, the big cats are often quite shy. Not at Paradise Wildlife Park! We came face to face with the snow leopard and tiger, and pretty close to the lion and white tiger. It’s amazing to see them so close up, the girls loved it.
Meeting Animals at Paradise Wildlife Park
They both stroked this lizard, and loved looking at the snakes.
They found the llamas and emus funny and they were very friendly, poking their heads over to say hello.
There are loads of meerkats at Paradise Wildlife Park, and small people can go through to a hide to get a closer look. Of course ours just wanted to pretend to be meerkats.
Food Options at Paradise Wildlife Park
There is a canteen, which also sells alcohol, and a snack vendor, and the food is fine. As you’d expect, there are a lot of chips, and the girls enjoyed their hot dog and burger. Ryan and I had baked potatoes which were nice, and the prices are what you’d expect.
There are loads of places to have picnics too, so that would be a lovely option in the summer.
Play Equipment at Paradise Wildlife Park
There are so many things to climb on and slide down, it’s a kids’ paradise! They had great fun scrambling about and exploring. We also went on a little train, which was fun.
It will be a great place to visit in the summer too, as they have a giant sandpit, plus a splash park which is not in use at the moment.
After our last less than ideal day out with the girls, I was so relieved to take the girls somewhere so lovely. Paradise Wildlife Park is the perfect size so you can see everything, without feeling overwhelmed. If you buy tickets in advance on their website in advance you can save 10%.