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Published August 15th 2012
Take a walk through butterflies and wallabies at Tropical Wings Zoo
Tropical Wings is an interactive zoo in South Woodham Ferrers where the whole family can learn and discover new things about a range of animals and many endangered species. The zoo is most popular for its unique tropical butterfly house, where you can walk around freely roaming butterflies and discover the range of species which live around the world.
Inside the tropical butterfly house you will also find a collection of exotic birds, bats, snakes and tortoises. The tropical butterfly house is just like walking into a rainforest as you explore the range of different plants and animals whilst butterflies fly past you. A pond and waterfall runs through the trees and plants where you can view and feed the fish. If you would like to feed the fish, you can purchase fish food for around 30p a bag from the reception area before you make your way into the butterfly house. It is extremely humid inside the butterfly house in order to contain these animals and exotic plants; therefore it is best to wear a jumper you can remove so you can enjoy your experience fully without becoming overheated.
As you make your way around the zoo and outside the butterfly house, there are plenty more animals to explore. A range of farmyard animals are outside such as ponies, goats, pigs and rabbits which children can pet and interact with. You can then make your way around the zoo and walk through the free roaming wallabies and see otters, lemurs and meerkats.
Scheduled keeper talks, feeding sessions and animal demonstrations are on offer throughout the day in order to educate visitors about the animals and to put on an entertaining show. To ensure you don't miss any of these scheduled shows, make sure you pick up a schedule on what's happening in the zoo throughout the day of your visit. The staff who present the shows are extremely well-trained and have a lot of knowledge to share about all of the animals. Animals that are being cared for in incubators can also be viewed by visitors so that they can learn about the process.
Around the zoo there are some beautiful gardens and plenty of places to stop for a picnic and watch the shows that are on offer. There is also a Café which offers sandwiches at around £3-£4, tea at £1.20, small soft drinks at 99p and hot food at around £5 or less. Entrance into the zoo is reasonably priced, an adult ticket is £8.95 and a child is £6.95. However there are family packages available through the website. The zoo has also been made fully accessible to everyone and there is a large jungle style climbing frame for the kids to play on whilst the adults relax.
Birthday party packages can be booked through the website for the kids, where they can feed the animals and experience the zoo as a VIP with all of their friends. The most unique experience the zoo offers however is a 'close encounter day' where you join the zoo keeper inside the enclosure, feed all the animals and get involved with animal enrichment. Close Encounters are however £59.99 and last for 30 minutes.
Overall Tropical Wings zoo is constantly expanding its collection of animals, reptiles and birds, and provides an experience that other zoos do not. The highlights of a visit here are the shows; the walk through the tropical butterfly house and through the free roaming wallabies. Your visit to Tropical Wings is sure to be an unforgettable one and there is so much to learn for the whole family.