Welcome to Dartmoor Zoo

Loads of family fun just 15 minutes from Plymouth.

ariel view of Dartmoor Zoo

Set in 33 acres of beautiful woodland with some stunning views of the surrounding countryside and a fantastic collection of animals, Dartmoor Zoo is a unique family day out in the beautiful South Hams of Devon.

Immerse yourself in a fun day out with the kids: see the big cats feed, hear the wolves howl and feel the snakes wriggle through your fingers in Close Encounters.

Follow the daily timetable of events including public talks at feeding times and animal encounters, with falconry displays and kids activities during the holidays such as quiz-trails and face-painting. And when you need a rest, visit the Jaguar Restaurant for a freshly prepared lunch or a hot drink and delicious cake made right here on site.

Close Encounters at dartmoor zoo

Our animal attractions include tigers, lion, lynx, cheetah, bears, wolves, tapir, capybara, racoons, meerkats, monkeys, a fantastic collection of bugs and reptiles and much more making Dartmoor Zoo a unique family attraction within easy reach of Plymouth.

We work very hard to preserve our beautiful woodland environment. As a consequence we have plenty of natural open spaces for family fun where the kids can run free. Visitors are also very welcome to bring a picnic and simply enjoy the surroundings.

Outdoor activities at Dartmoor Zoo

Dartmoor Zoological Park came into being in its current form in 2006, when the Mee family came across Dartmoor Wildlife Park, a dilapidated zoo with a poor reputation and in massive financial difficulty. Rather than running a mile, the family were struck by the fact that if a purchaser couldn't be found, the vast majority of the animals would have been destroyed. They forged forwards, bought the zoo, saved the animals, and fought to get the zoo ready to re-open which it finally did in July 2007 under the new name of Dartmoor Zoological Park.

The Mee family at Dartmoor Zoo

It was a difficult time, made much harder by the return of his wife Katherine's brain tumour, which sadly this time was terminal, and looking after his two young children. His story was documented within 'We Bought A Zoo', and he now conducts talks to inspire people to never give up, no matter what life throws at you, and is an ambassador for the Charity Brain Tumour Research.

The Dartmoor Zoo story is still ongoing, and the latest chapter is, that after a crowdfund which took place at the end of 2014, the zoo has completed the conversion into a charity. This gives the zoo security for the future, and enables Benjamin's dream of turning the zoo into a centre of excellence for research, conservation, and education to come one step closer. The zoo is well on the way with incredible education and research departments, and ties with many universities, including Plymouth University.

Taz the tiger at Dartmoor Zoo

So, for one of the best days out in Devon visit Dartmoor Zoo, Winner of the Eden Channel's Top Wildlife Attraction of the Year 2011, and subject of the Hollywood movie “We Bought A Zoo” starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.

Make sure you get the most out of your day out - find out all about how to get here, what's ondisabled access, our opening times, admission prices and membership options.