In 2010, Drusilla's won the Tourism South East Awards' gold prize for Visitor Attraction of the Year, and I certainly wouldn't be surprised if they won it again this year. After our recent less than happy experience at London Zoo, we were so pleased to see how well the animals, from mice to alpaca, are looked after at Drusilla's.
The large enclosures are all well kept, and the animals and birds seem happy and well cared for. There is also a big focus on conservation and education work, all of which rather puts to shame the aforementioned bigger organisation.
The fun begins out in the car park, where there is a lovely little children's playground, which it was hard to tear Lara away from! Then, as you go in to the park, you have the option to go straight to the immense children's play areas and the Thomas the Tank Engine train ride, or to go straight to the animals. We went with the latter, but I think I would go the other way round next time purely to get rid of some frantic toddler energy and excitement!
Here are some of the lovely animals we saw, starting with mice and reptiles and moving on to the cute and fluffies. For schools and home edders, there is masses of useful study information on the animals, and also a working farm area and a Masai area.
|Lara peering in to the mouse house with a new friend|
|Gorgeous lemurs you can get up close to|
|Cheeky lemur baby who stole the keeper's walkie talkie and peed on her jacket!|
When we got to the play areas, Lara had a whale of a time in the play parks, both inside and outside, and on the huge trampoline.
|The ubiquitous meerkats! Very cute though|
|Lara expected the prairie dogs to talk like in the TV show...|
|My favourites :o)|
|Gorgeous little desert fox species I can't remember the name of!|
|A final ride, and a kiss goodbye|
Disclosure: We were provided with tickets to Drusilla's for the purposes of this review, but the words and opinions are my own.
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