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by Connor Whelan (subscribe)
I'm a student journalist at Brunel University. Visit my blog at My twitter is: @whelanconnor
Published August 1st 2012
If you don't love animals you're heartless Simple
Greater Bamboo Lemur
I'm not normally soppy, but I'l admit that he's really cute

If seeing cute animals like the one above is your idea of a fun day out, (and lets face it, who doesn't love cute animals), then Cotswold Wildlife Park is the place for you. Located at Bradwell Grove in Oxfordshire the park is close enough for a day trip away from London.

The Park is separated into four different sections where the animals are concerned. These four sections are; Birds, Mammals, Primates and Reptiles & Amphibians. Each section contains a variety of exotic animals so whether you want to see the bright, colourful feathers of the Blue and Yellow Macaw, or the magnificent sight of the Lions and Leopards, you will find something suitable at the Cotswold Park.

The site also has a collection of gardens at the rear of their large and impressive Victorian Manor house. The botanical gardens are home to a large collection of different plants and trees. The self proclaimed aim by the gardeners is "to demonstrate the wonder and diversity of the plant kingdom, in the same way our colleagues show the wonder and diversity of the animal kingdom." Visitors often comment on how good and unexpected the gardens are when they are visiting the zoo.

If you are still unsure about taking a trip to the park, then they offer the facilities to take a sneak peak at some of the animals via webcam! You can look into the world of the Crocodile youngsters, the Meerkats and the Penguins, all from the comfort of your own home.

Unique shows are all part of the attraction with the Cotswold Park as a variety of them are put on throughout the year. For example you can have a VIP evening in the park with talks by the keepers and even visit Father Christmas (when the season comes around obviously!)

So, to conclude, if you want to see all of the cute animals up close and personal rather then on the television with David Attenborough's voice talking over them then the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens are for you. From Giraffes to the Gaboon Viper, this park really has got it all.
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Why? Everyone loves a zoo
When: All year round
Phone: 01993 823006
Where: Oxfordshire
Cost: 13 for adults and 9 for children
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