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Dartmoor Zoo plans opening of brand new Reptile and Bug House

New Arrivals
July 1, 2020

Dartmoor Zoo plans opening of brand new Reptile and Bug House

We are delighted to announce that we will be officially opening our brand new Reptile and Bug House this Saturday 25 July.

After months of hard work, the new room provides far more space as well as upgraded animal enclosures.

Opening from 11am – 3pm for guests to enjoy at their own leisure, the room offers easier access and allows us to create a one-way system to ensure that it meets current guidelines and offers a safe space to visit.

Justin Aird, Senior LVI Keeper, said: “We are incredibly excited to finally be opening our brand new Reptile and Bug House. We have been wanting to progress with this project for many years and thanks to the hard work and dedication of the team, including Mitch Walker and Josh Middleton, and the generosity of local businesses and supporters, we have now been able to complete this development.

“I would like to say a special thank you to Endsleigh Garden Centre for generously donating four brand new large enclosures for our reptiles. This allowed us to use our imaginations and create naturalistic, enriching and environmentally stimulating enclosures for both our animals and guests to enjoy.

“I would also like to thank Ben Faulconbridge for the continued support and fundraising for the department as well as Sara Middleton, Ross Lamerton and John Lamerton for the amazing artwork on the side of the building. We have also been very fortunate to have received multiple donations from our Amazon Wishlist allowing us to complete the finishing touches.

“We can’t wait to show our guests the brand new room and hope they will be as impressed with it as we are.” 

Our indoor exhibition will be home to a number of exciting species including reptiles, amphibians and insects and some brand new arrivals here at Dartmoor Zoo. Located next to the wolves, this exhibition highlights the importance and diversity of these animals and the important role they play in our natural world.

The safety of our guests and staff is paramount to us, therefore we kindly ask all guests to wear face masks from Friday 24th July when visiting our Reptile and Bug House, shop, restaurant and inside our toilets.

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