The British love of animals means that wildlife attractions are always going to be very popular with the public. There are lots of these attractions across the UK varying in size and types of creatures on show.
Some of the biggest are the safari parks where visitors drive through the grounds to see wild animals roaming free within a large area. Longleat and Woburn are good examples with the former featured on the BBC TV show Animal Park. It is a wonderful way to see tigers, lions, wolves, monkeys, pelicans and flamingos amongst many other things especially as they are given a huge area to roam as opposed to the enclosures seen at zoos.
At Canterbury in Kent is Howletts Wild Animal Park, where there are elephants, tigers, wolves, wild dogs and the world’s largest group of gorillas in human care. Nearby in Hythe is Port Lympne with many wild animals and an African Safari experience, where visitors are taken on a jeep round the park. The sight of giraffes and rhinos roaming free in the south of England is a quite magnificent experience. Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire, Wales is just another of many such parks that also has exotic animals such as meerkats, lemurs and zebra.
Numerous animal and bird sanctuaries do sterling work in the UK as well as providing a delightful place for people to visit. Such places include the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth in Devon and the Park Rose Owl Sanctuary at Bridlington, East Yorkshire. At the Farm Animal Sanctuary in Evesham, Worcestershire over 600 animals and birds have been rescued from abuse, neglect, slaughter and abandonment.
Important conservation sites look after animals native to the British Isles that are endangered such as the red squirrel, which can be seen at the Formby Red Squirrel Reserve in Liverpool. People with an interest in insects can visit numerous interesting places around the country like the Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World in Scotland. Whilst in Scotland a trip to the Isle of Skye might take you to the Serpentarium Reptile World.
Scotland is blessed with several scenic country parks and nature reserves, where visitors will see many forms of wildlife. Many of the farms in Britain offer great family days out as well, where children get to feed some of the animals. Christmas Tree Farm in Kent and Woodside Farm & Leisure Park in Luton, Bedfordshire are great examples of these lovely visitor attractions.