*** Bristol Zoological Society is temporarily closing Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project from 5.30pm on Friday March 20. As well as closing to visitors, the closure means the Society is cancelling or postponing all education, events and public programmes at its two sites. The Society is now working on contacting its members as well as anyone who has pre-paid tickets or animal experience bookings.***
Grab your very best explorer’s outfit and head out on an adventure to Wild Place Project, where you will discover amazing species from around the world! Get up close to incredible animals in a natural setting, with 40 beautiful acres to explore.
Bear Wood Exhibit
Travel back in time to an age when bears roamed the woodlands here in Bristol. Our spectacular Bear Wood exhibit will take you on a journey into a lost world. Winding along a raised walkway through beautiful ancient woodland, spot brown bears roaming free below, along with striking grey wolves, lynx and wolverines – all species originally native to Britain. If you’re brave enough, you can also get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures in our bear viewing den, with 180-degree, floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
With panoramic viewpoints and interactive displays and activities, this is an immersive experience unlike any other!
Bénoué National Park at Wild Place Project
Journey to the wilds of Cameroon, Africa, in the stunning Bénoué National Park exhibit. Our enormous giraffe house features a special raised platform where you can meet our graceful giraffes face-to-face, while taking in a sweeping view of zebra, red river hogs and eland roaming together in the open grasslands.
Soak up the sights and sounds of the Madagascan village, an interactive conservation exhibit home to lemurs and pygmy goats! Marvel as five different types of mischievous lemur scamper around your feet and jump above your head in our immersive walk-through. Meet the iconic ring-tailed lemurs, plus mongoose, red-bellied, white-belted ruffed and Alaotran gentle lemurs as they forage, swing along ropes and hang out together.
Cheetahs and Gelada Baboons
Catch a glimpse of the world’s fastest land mammal, the cheetah. Our young males rule over their spacious land, which boasts exciting features such as a lure carrying food – when the cheetahs chase it, they show off their full running speed of 0-60mph in just three seconds! After visiting these sleek, elegant cats, you can then take a trip to Gelada Rocks, home to our troop of colourful Gelada baboons.
Once you’ve got to know our cheeky critters, do as they do and embrace your wild side! Kick off your shoes and tantalise your toes with our Barefoot Trail. Explore the textures of pebbles, bark and soil, and get stuck into the mud!
Looks like rain? Head to the indoor Fun Fort, where little ones can burn off energy whatever the weather. Act like a nimble lemur and climb up the scramble net, run across the scatter bridge, slide down the fireman’s pole and take on the climbing wall!
With beautiful native trees, plants and wild flowers, Wild Place takes you back to nature. Explore leafy ancient woodland, take a picnic to the meadow and let the kids run free. It’s one big outdoor adventure!
Leap of Faith
For the ultimate adrenaline rush, don’t forget Leap of Faith. Test the nerves of all the family with seven different exhilarating challenges, from the climbing wall to Bristol’s only 25ft giant swing, and – if you’re brave enough – fling yourself through the air with the daring Leap of Faith itself. (Restrictions and charges apply.)
Animal and Keeper Experiences
We offer a variety of thrilling experience days, perfect for animal lovers. Have a go at being Keeper for a Day, or have a spine-tingling encounter with a choice of animals including giraffe, lemurs, cheetahs and meerkats. Prices start at £50, please visit our website for more information and to book.
Did you know…?
We’re a leading conservation and education charity as well as a fantastic day out, so start planning your trip to Wild Place Project today and help save wildlife together!
Essential visitor information
Open every day from 10.00am to 5.00pm in peak season, closing at 4.00pm off season.
Closed on Christmas Day.
Last entry to Wild Place Project is an hour before closing time.
Book online a day or more in advance and save 10% at www.wildplace.org.uk
- Come on an adventure to Wild Place Project
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Picnic Site
Children & Infants
- Facilities for children
- Picnic Area
- Outdoor Attraction
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- Family Fun