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Meet our animals

We have a vast array of animals here at Dartmoor Zoo


African Lion

A lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away! Can you hear our lioness Kimya?


African Pygmy Goat

Our small herd of goats are friendly and cheeky. You can meet Toffee, Cinnamon and Maple in our walk-through enclosure.

Amur Leopard

Amur leopards are considered the rarest cat in the world, with around 100 left in the wild.

Listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, we are honoured to be part of the global conservation efforts for this beautiful species.

Pop along and say hello to Freddo! You can find him next to our wolves!

Amur Tiger

Amur tigers are the largest big cat species. They are sadly classed as endangered with only 500-600 left in the wild. Come and see Dragan, our very lively ambassador.


Azaras Agouti

Can you spot our allusive agouti females Kinder and Munchie? They share their enclosure with our saki monkeys.

Bennett’s Wallaby

Wallabies are only pregnant for one month. When their babies are first born they are smaller than your little finger. This is then followed by nine months in the pouch. Meet our family in the Walk Through enclosure.

Brazilian Tapir

Fortuana (Chana for short) loves tummy tickles and is a great mum to Rofilho. They love to roam across our South American paddock.


Capybara are the biggest rodents in the world. Our capy family can be seen strutting their stuff in our South American paddock!

Carpathian Lynx

Flaviu and Emily are Carpathian lynx (Lynx lynx carpathicus), a subspecies of the Eurasian lynx coming from the Carpathian basin (Romania, Slovakia and Hungary).


Baro is an ambassador for the fastest land mammal in the world. You can often see him sat at the top of his enclosure’s mound admiring his kingdom.


Geladas are the last surviving species of grazing primate. Come and meet our bachelor group, Bruno, Kwame and Soloman.

Iberian Wolf

Our endangered Portuguese brothers rarely howl but are always on the prowl.


Despite being the third largest big cat in the world, our male jaguar Chincha is an ambassador for the cat with the strongest bite. 

Kirk’s Dik-dik

Macaroni is a Kirk’s dik-dik, a small antelope. You can find him in our African Aviary enclosure with the East African Grey Crowned Crane and Lilac Breasted Roller!


Jeronimo, Alejandro, Javier and Pedro love exploring, following their keepers with the feed bucket and munching on grass and veggies.

Northern Luzon Cloud Rats

Cloud rats, or cloud runners, are endemic to the island of Luzon in the Philippines, where they spend most of their time high up in the branches. These animals are nocturnal, but will you be lucky enough to spot our breeding pair during your visit? 

Palawan Binturong

Did you know binturongs smell of popcorn? A scent used to mark their territory or attract a mate!

The Palawan binturong is a subspecies of the binturong, an animal found in south-east Asia.

Parma Wallaby

Believed extinct for most of the 20th century, until they were rediscovered on mainland Australia in 1967. Here at Dartmoor Zoo, we have a father and daughter pair.


These animals are classed as near threatened in the wild. Here at Dartmoor Zoo, we’re lucky enough to have a small family made up of parents Sydney and Adelaide and their young joey, Bendigo.

Scottish Wildcats

We’re home to a gorgeous Scottish wildcat named Moraig.

Listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, these mammals form one of the most endangered cat populations in the world.

Short Clawed Otter

Matty and Jasmine are proud parents . You will often hear the family before you see them, especially around feeding times.

Slender-Tailed Meerkat

Our meerkat brothers Twix and Twirl are curious about everything. 

West African Sitatunga

West African Sitatunga are a swamp-dwelling antelope. Their long and splayed hooves make them clumsy on firm land but allow for stable travel through muddy swamplands.

We have 2 males and 4 females in with our Zebra and Ostriches!

White-faced saki monkey

We’re home to two white-faced saki monkeys – Splodge (male) and Filis (female).  Contrary to what their name might suggest, only the males possess the signature white face.


We’re lucky to have two male zebra; Hugh, our cheeky Grant’s zebra and Parsley, our Chapman’s zebra.


Bali Starling

Listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, at one point there were only SIX Bali Starlings left in the wild!

Blue and Gold Macaw

You will often catch Buzz and Loulou saying ‘hello’ or having a giggle when you pass their enclosure.

Burrowing owl

Often nicknamed ‘howdy owls’ due to the way they stick their heads out from their burrows and nod up and down. Will Walter, Dora and their children say howdy to you?

Common Peafowl

Our male and female peafowl are able to free roam around the Zoo, but are usually found in the Walk Through enclosure or in the picnic areas.

East African Grey Crowned Crane

You can spot Derek with his beautiful feathers and enchanting calls. During the breeding season you can even see this species dancing. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for his gorgeous mate; Zuri!

Great Grey Owl

Great grey owls, Milly and Peter the Great, are one of the tallest species of owl in the world.

Great Horned Owl

Totem is one of our oldest animals at the Zoo and is very vocal about it.

Greater Rhea

The greater rhea is the largest of all South American birds. Our group of rhea live in the South American paddock alongside our Patagonian mara and Brazilian tapir.

Helmeted Guinea Fowl

Our helmeted guinea fowl can often be seen causing chaos, drama and noise in the Walk Through enclosure.

Himalayan Monal Pheasant

The Himalayan monal is the national bird of Nepal, where it is known as the danphe or danfe. At the Zoo you can see Mr Monal often enjoying his lettuces and mealworms.

Java Sparrows

Listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List, the Java sparrow, also known as Java finch, Java rice sparrow or Java rice bird, is a species of finch native to Java and Bali in Indonesia.

Our flock can be found in our Bird Aviary.

Laughing Kookaburra

Although native to forests, it isn’t unusual to find Kookaburras in urban areas. They take advantage of being around humans by scavenging food, even stealing from picnics and barbeques!

Lilac Breasted Rollers

Our beautiful female loves showing off the eight different colours found within her feathers.

Luzon bleeding-heart doves

Listed as near threatened on the IUCN Red List, this bird got its unusual name from the splash of vivid red on their white breasts.

You can spot our Luzon bleeding heart doves foraging along the floor in our Bird Aviary.


Dorothy is a crosspatch while Pete is a co-operative gentleman. You can see these two strutting their stuff around the African paddock alongside our zebra.

Scarlet Macaws

Doc and Chico live with our blue-and-gold macaws and potoroos.

Widely regarded as the most beautiful parrot, Scarlet macaws are among the most colourful with large solid swatches of red, blue, and yellow feathers.

White Cheeked Turaco

Turacos are the only birds to possess true red and green pigments.


Axanthic Blue Iguana

These colourful individuals are green iguanas who lack the yellow pigmentation in their skin making them appear blue in colour. 

Bearded Dragon

Elliott is a rescue and an ambassador for his species and meets school children on a regular basis. 

You can get the chance to meet Elliott through our education sessions.

Blue Tongued Skink

Male Mango is named after his second favourite food (boiled egg is his favourite). 

You can get the chance to meet Mango through our education sessions.

Crested Gecko

These geckos native to New Caledonia were thought to be extinct until the mid 1990s but a population was rediscovered. 

Kali our female Crested Gecko can be found in our Reptile and Bug House and you can meet our male Dylan on some of our experiences such as Keeper For a Day!

Egyptian Tortoise

According to the IUCN Red List, the Egyptian tortoise population is now critically endangered, with less than 8000 individuals remaining.

You can find our Egyptian tortoise King Tut with Winston our spiny-tailed uromastyx in the Reptile and Bug House.

Geyr’s Spiny-Tailed Uromastyx

Our male Winston will go bright yellow when he has been basking in the heat for long periods. 

Winston can be found in our Reptile and Bug House with his gorgeous companion Elizabeth.

Giant Day Gecko

This Madagascan gecko species can grow up to 10-12 inches long! 

Come and see their gorgeous colouring in person at our Reptile and Bug house!

Lau Banded Iguana

Found on the Lau Islands of the eastern part of the Fijian archipelago, this Endangered species is considered a national treasure by the government of Fiji.

Come and meet our ambassador Tonga for yourself! You can spot him in our Reptile and Bug House.

Leaf Tail Gecko

Henkels leaf tail gecko is endemic to Madagascar. Their flat leaf-like tail and mottled skin colour makes them great at blending in with their surroundings. 

These individuals can be found in our Reptile and Bug House.

Pancake Tortoise

Listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, we are very proud to have 3 pancake tortoises on site.

They can be found in our Reptile and Bug House – look out for their very distinctive flat shells!

Royal Python

Female Khaleesi is often basking inside her enclosure. 

You can get the chance to meet Khaleesi through our education sessions.

Western Hognose Snake

Male Django is our smallest snake and can let off a foul smell as a defence mechanism. 

He is currently off show.

Yellow-headed Day Gecko

This stunning animal is an endangered gecko species from Madagascar that like to hide on and inside bamboo.  

They can be found in our Reptile and Bug House.


Chilean Rose Tarantula

Chilean rose tarantulas are calm, docile spiders native to desert scrub habitats in South America. If they feel threatened this species of tarantula has urticating hairs, which can be thrown from their bodies irritating the threat. 


Leaf Insects

This species looks almost identical to leaves. 

We currently have a group of leaf insects in our Reptile and Bug House.

Macleay Stick Insect

Endemic to Australia, this species has incredible camouflage.   

We currently have some in our off show, education rooms.

Orange Headed Cockroaches

We have a colony of cockroaches from adults to juveniles. 

You can get the chance to meet these individuals through our outreach and education sessions.

Purple Clawed Hermit Crab

This species swap shells on a regular basis as they grow. 

You can get a chance to meet Dave our Purple Clawed Hermit Crab by booking a Reptile and Bug experience.

Salmon Pink Bird Eating Tarantula

This species can reach a leg span of up to 25cm.

You can see Biggie our Salmon Pink Bird Eating Tarantula in our Reptile and Bug House.

Tiger Land Snails

This African species are hermaphrodites hence they possess both male and female reproductive organs. 

You can meet these individuals through our outreach and education sessions.



Meet Midnight, our very own Minecraft superstar!

Axolotls possess incredible regeneration abilities. These animals are sadly classed as critically endangered, with less than 100 found in the wild.

Chinese Emperor Newt

Meet Sully! Chinese Emperor Newts are brightly coloured to warn predators that they are poisonous, which is known as aposematism.  

Come and find him in our Reptile and Bug House!

Golden Mantella

These amphibians are critically endangered due to deforestation and they are poisonous in the wild. 

These individuals can be found in our Reptile and Bug House.


Denison Barb

The Denison Barb is an endangered species of fish endemic to the hill streams and rivers of the Western Ghats in India.

Giant Danio

Giant Danios are very social fish and can reach four inches in length, even longer in their natural habitat!

Pearl Gourami

The Pearl Gourami is native to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

You can view these beautiful fish in our Reptile and Bug House.

Please note that some animals may be off show to the general public.

Animal experiences

Get closer than ever before for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with some of our most popular animals, including our lions, tigers, meerkats, otters and more.

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