If you are after a walk that is a little bit different or an attraction that is Instagram worthy then it’s a good job you just stumbled across the Cotswold Wildlife Park.
It’s not very often that you can casually drop into a conversation that your pooch met a Rhino at the weekend or post a photo of your fur baby next to a giraffe. Unless you own a service dog it is very unlikely they will get the opportunity to smell the weird and wonderful beasts that are housed at the park. It’s pretty much a must visit!
Dogs are allowed in the majority of the park with certain enclosures (sensibly) out of bounds. You don’t particularly want a German Shepard loose in the bat cave or your Malamute running off with the wolves. Otherwise the attraction is completely dog friendly; that means the Lions, Rhinos, Zebras and Giraffes (to name a few).
The attraction is mainly outside so best to visit on a nice day or dressed in your wellies and rain mac. The grounds are beautiful and even though there are kiosks, we took a packed lunch and watched the Rhinos galavant next to the manor house.
Amenities are decent with lots of parking (mainly on grass so again not the best attraction in a down pour), toilet blocks for humans and bins for our four legged friends.
Arlo had the best time smelling all the unusual animals. He especially liked the Emu and the Camels but was not remotely a fan of the Lions. I am sure the feelings were reciprocated as I suspect they didn’t like the smell of him either. There are lots of other dogs visiting which I found really refreshing.
I really can’t say enough good things about this place. The pups were pooped afterwards as it is great for canine enrichment.
Remember to let me know what you thought of your visit in the comments below!
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