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Animals enjoy the arrival of summer – plan your family trip to see them today

With the UK seeing a mini heat-wave this week, temperatures topped 34 degrees in the South East – summer has arrived in style!

Here at Noah’s Ark Zoo in Bristol we had to settle for 32 degrees, a scorching day still for visitors and animals, who each found novel ways to cool down. Always keen to enrich our animals, our Keepers made the most of the warm weather for our Spectacled bears by giving them tasty treats in their Andean river to help them cool off!


Tupa and Sonco had great fun seeking out bits of fish frozen in ice, some floating in the water, others more cleverly hidden among their rocky habitat…they soon smelt them out!

With the sun shining and schools beginning to break up, the summer holiday season is well and truly underway. If you haven’t visited us before, here are a few good reasons to do so this summer, with some helpful advice for planning your visit. We love welcoming first-time visitors to the park!

Exciting Events

We have some great family entertainment for you this summer, including:

  • Elephant Trail. Download a trail map from our website and redeem £2 off your admission at the Ticket Office before heading off round the 100 acre park to find 10 specially-decorated elephant models. Part of the world’s biggest elephant art exhibition, we’re delighted to be working with Elephant Parade in support of their important conservation message. Running from 18th July – 3rd September, don’t miss out!
  • Reptile Fortnight. Meet a range of amazing snakes and reptiles, courtesy of the Reptile Zone in Bristol. Including some of the most deadly venomous snakes in the world like Black Mambas and King Cobras, daily educational shows are expertly performed from within the safety of a bullet-proof perspex presentation room. From 1st – 13th August only at Noah’s Ark, find out more here.

Home of the big zoo animals

Simply put, where else in Bristol and Somerset can you see elephants, white rhino, big cats and giraffes during your day out? We’re proud to have established a now internationally-recognised collection of exotic species and some of nature’s most impressive beasts.

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  • With the recent arrival of Andean bears in our specially-landscaped Andean Adventure habitat, we’re sure you’ll enjoy seeing them as part a relaxed stroll around our spacious 100 acre park.
  • En route to the bears, stop past our 20 acre Elephant Eden complex and watch elephants Janu and M’Changa as they explore and play in the largest, most modern elephant habitat in Europe.
  • Grab a spot on our large picnic lawns and watch our White rhinos Rumbull and Rumba take a mud-bath in their field. What better way to spend lunchtime?!

Great facilities, to make your day easier

Having welcomed over 1.8 million people to our park since opening, we know from listening to our visitors that some of the most important aspects making a good day out great are the simple things: easy parking, plentiful toilets, a good cafe and well-stocked shop.

We’ve worked hard to build these features and more into our park to ensure you have a relaxed, well-served day out in beautiful surroundings – taking the stress out of what should be a fully enjoyable day. We offer free parking, 5 sets of toilets around the park, an easily accessible cafe offering great lunches and refreshments, and a good-value shop filled with everything a child (and adult!) could want as a souvenir of a day at the zoo.

…so, what are you waiting for..?!

We’d love to see you at Bristol and Somerset’s award-winning zoo this summer. Book your tickets online for a 5% discount and simply show your Booking Reference on a mobile device or print-off to redeem for a quick, easy start to your visit.

We hope to see you soon.

World’s largest elephant art trail hits Bristol

Get set for a jumbo experience this summer as Bristol see’s the arrival of part of the world’s largest elephant-themed art collection at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm.

The brainchild of Elephant Parade, the international social enterprise that runs the now world famous celebrity-endorsed art exhibition; 10 specially decorated elephant statues will be unveiled at the 100 acre North Somerset animal park on Monday 18th July.

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Each statue has been created by artists and celebrities to raise awareness of the need for global elephant conservation. 20% of Elephant Parade net profits are donated to elephant welfare and conservation projects for African and Asian elephants.

Including designs by the singer Joss Stone and reality TV star Chloe Kardashian, Noah’s Ark will open the exhibition on Monday for visitors to explore the park and search out the location of the models which are dotted around the expansive estate.

Whilst providing a popular activity for day visitors to the zoo, the installation carries a strong conservation message to highlight the plight of wild elephants, and explain the important work of Elephant Parade.

Started by two men with a passion for helping nature’s biggest land mammal, father and son Marc and Mike Spits were moved by the emotional story of a 7 month old Asian elephant called Mosha they met in Thailand who had survived standing on a land mine, but lost her right leg.

The fundraising work of the Spits, including the first Elephant Parade exhibition in Rotterdam in 2007, has allowed the charity to support a range of elephant conservation projects around the world including the Asian Elephant Hospital, the home of Mosha in Lampang, Thailand. Mosha was made a special prosthetic leg which has made daily life much easier for her.


Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is proud to partner with Elephant Parade to raise the profile of the great work being done and provide the public with a unique chance to view the stunningly decorated elephant models which were shipped over from Europe specially for this 7 weeks event.

The pinnacle of the event will be World Elephant Day on the 12th August, a day of special festivities at Noah’s Ark with arts and crafts, a special Elephant Keeper Talk featuring the park’s real African elephants Janu and M’Changa and an extra special big unveiling… Stay tuned for more information!

Why not visit the zoo between Monday 18th July and 3rd September and enjoy the colourful event as part of a great value day out with the big zoo animals? You can download a Trail Map from the zoos website and show it on entry to the park to get £2 off admission!

If you haven’t been to Bristol’s award-winning family day out before, check out the park online and plan your visit now – holders of the Trip Advisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for a 3rd year in a row.

Check out this video explaining the event and how to get involved.


Football fever at the zoo!

Although England exited the Euros disappointingly early (as usual..!), the nation has been making the most of the exhibition of international footballing talent on TV this month… and our animals have been getting into the spirit too.

As a form of extra enrichment for the animals and some fun for visitors and staff, we’ve been having our own ‘knock out’ tournament fun with 8 special animals each flying the adopted flag of one of the 8 countries which made the Quarter Finals of Euro 2016.

Our list of plucky animal contenders included: Chipmunk (representing Poland), White rhino (Belgium), Water Buffalo (Wales), Spectacled Bears (Germany), African Elephants (Italy), Crocodile Monitor (Iceland) and Eagle Owl (France), Ring-tailed Lemur (Portugal). Each was given their own flag and a food enrichment treat to enjoy by their Keepers, which was met with excitement and interest by every one of the feathered, scaled, horned and furry creatures!

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From boxes containing their favourite treats, to hanging food snacks; each animal had something tasty to get stuck into, even if they were on the end of a losing score line during their adopted countries football match.

With one Semi-Final and the pinnacle of the tournament, Sundays Final, still to go – it’s now a 3-way battle to be crowned animal champion between our Ring-tailed lemurs (Portugal) who beat Wales last night (sorry Welsh visitors!), Spectacled Bears (Germany) and Eurasian Eagle Owl (France). The lucky winner will receive an extra-special treat from their Keepers next week.

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Enrichment like this, though fun, plays an important role in the daily life of zoos to provide physical and mental stimulation to each animal in a way which best compliments their instinctive behaviours. For example encouraging bears to forage for food in their zoo habitat, rather than putting snacks in once place. With elephants, making them think is important as both African and Asian species are extremely intelligent and can be easily bored in captivity without enrichment exercises that require mental agility and planning.

As a zoo, Noah’s Ark also offers incredible up-close experiences for our visitors with these amazing animals including seeing the lions and tigers being fed during the daily ‘Big Cat Talk’, meeting our giraffes at the daily encounter and watching our Birds of Prey fly in the daily display. Why not plan a visit to see them this weekend?

If you want to get even closer, why not book onto a zoo keeper experience – a chance to shadow a keeper and work with impressive species like rhino, giraffe, big cats and primates.

With 12 exciting adventure play areas, an indoor Animal Village and covered Animal Show Pens we offer a fun visit all day, in all weather – if it’s not sunny all summer, enjoy our large play barns, the perfect place for kids to let off steam. Bring the family along today to Bristol’s award-winning attraction – given the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ from Trip Advisor for a 3rd year running.

For a fantastic family day out in Bristol, book your tickets online today if you fancy a visit to us – we offer discounted entry online, just show your e-tickets on your mobile device at our Ticket Office on arrival.