Wildlife Attractions

Cornwall has some of the most beautiful countryside and coastlines in the UK, and it is home to myriad creatures, which you may spot on your travel around the county. For a more intimate encounter with wildlife, a visit to one of Cornwall’s sanctuaries, zoos or aquariums is a must, where you can meet the animals learn about the important conservation work that’s carried out.

Monkey at Newquay Zoo

Geoffroy's Marmoset - Newquay Zoo by Airwolfhound is licensed under CC 2.0

Popular wildlife attractions in South Cornwall

  • The Monkey Sanctuary, Looe – Looe’s monkey sanctuary is a rescue centre that strives to provide a near-natural habitat to many monkeys, which often started out as people’s pets

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Popular wildlife attractions in North Cornwall

  • Screech Owl Sanctuary, St Columb – The aim of this sanctuary is to provide care for sick and injured owls with the hope of later returning them to the wild. A visit to Screech will not only provide the opportunity for you to encounter the adorable owls but it will also help the sanctuary in achieving its aim
  • Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay – The underwater tunnel at Newquay is the Aquarium’s centrepiece, from which black tip reef sharks moray eels and other exotic fish can be observed
  • Newquay Zoo, Newquay – The zoo at Newquay houses more than 130 rare and exciting breeds from tiny insects to huge lions. Visitors can get close to the action by feeding the lemurs and penguins, and by meeting the knowledgeable zookeepers

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Popular wildlife attractions in West Cornwall

  • Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek – The seal sanctuary is the temporary home to many seal pups before they are returned to the wild. There are also resident sea lions, penguins and adorable otters
  • Paradise Park, Hayle – There are more than 140 species of bird at Paradise Park, and more than 650 birds all told. Marvel at the parrots’ plumage, watch the eagles soar and listen to the cacophony of chirrups, cheeps and calls

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At a glance

If aquatic animals interest you, then don't miss out on Newquay's incredible aquarium, and make sure that you pay Gweek's seal sanctuary a visit to enjoy the company of the cute cubs and learn about the important conservation work

If birds are more your things, then you're spoiled for choice with St Columb's owl sanctuary and the 140 colourful specimens on show at the Hayle Paradise Park

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