My wife and I are fans of zoos and animal parks and were looking for a new place to visit. We had come across Drusillas Park on numerous occasions having seen other reviews and looked at the website, but had discounted it due to the marketing clearly aimed more towards children.
We decided to give it a visit however, during our Easter break. I am really glad we did as I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Yes, it is clearly designed for families with small children, but the animal exhibits are certainly worth a visit as an adult. The initial impression didn’t start off great though as we obviously visited during a very busy period - school Easter holidays - and the first part of the park immediately upon entering is very narrow and with a large number of noisy children and pushchairs in the way, it made it very difficult to view the first few animals due to the cramped and slow moving conditions. However, once you have passed this bit it does open up and there is more opportunity for crowds to thin out a bit which definitely improves matters.
Drusillas focus on smaller mammals and primates which means they can pack in quite a large variety of different animals in a smaller area. These include some uncommon animals such as Servals, Beavers, Raccoons and a large variety of marmosets and other small monkeys.
The enclosures themselves are beautifully designed and seem to give the animals lots of space to exercise and live in a suitable habitat. As a keen amateur photographer, the enclosures also offer a clear and relatively close view of the animals which allows for some wonderfully close portraits with a suitable zoom lens - this is often not possible in most animal parks due to the distance between where you view the animals and where the animals are actually located.
This is in addition to the walk through areas with the lemurs which gives ridiculously close access to these beautiful animals. There is also a walk through area with rainbow lorikeets and a walk through area with bats and a sloth.
We spent about 2-3 hours at the park viewing all the animals and felt we got our money’s worth.
I would definitely visit again in an attempt to get some more photos of the animals, particularly the ones that were sleeping when we visited. However, I will likely time it during a quieter period - possibly a weekday not in the school holidays to make it more bearable for a childless adult to enjoy. This is not a criticism of the park as it was to be expected, but purely my own personal preference.
They advertise a photographer specific experience which would certainly be of interest
TLDR: Good variety of animals. Excellent enclosures that are very photographer friendly.
Gets very busy during school holidays with lots of very noisy children and lots of buggy traffic which can inhibit movement through the zoo part of the park.
Adults without children can still enjoy the animals as there is plenty to view but with the caveat that there will be lots of noisy children present.
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