Freddy’s Favourite 5: Wildlife Attractions in Cornwall

Our holiday parks in Cornwall are ever popular with animal lovers wanting to take in the thriving wildlife around the coast.

As well as the natural wildlife, Cornwall boasts some of the UK's best zoos and wildlife parks. So whether you prefer playful seal pups or roaring lions, you'll find an exciting range of animals in the region.

What's more, when you arrive at our holiday homes in Cornwall, all of these will be within easy reach. So continuing with the 'Freddy's Favourite 5' series, take a look at my top wildlife attractions in Cornwall...


Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo is a short walk from the town centre, just 15 minutes from Perran View Holiday Park.

Newquay Zoo | Wildlife attractions in Cornwall

This is the only place you can experience African Lions on your self catering Cornwall break, you can even watch them tearing through their lunch!

The Zoo homes over 130 of the world's rarest and most interesting species, like the Red Panda, and you can learn all about them through the keeper talks. 

If you want to get even closer, check out the animal experiences packages – these give you the opportunity to meet and feed the cheeky Lemurs and entertaining Penguins.


The Monkey Sanctuary

For those of you staying at Trelawne Manor Holiday Park, I'd suggest spending a day at The Monkey Sanctuary, it's very close by.

The Monkey Sanctuary | Wildlife attractions in Cornwall

Image Credit: Wild Futures

The sanctuary has given a safe home to its monkeys since 1964. It cares for 37 in total, of all different species rescued from the UK and international primate pet trades – they're proper characters, I could watch these guys all day!

You'll get an interesting insight into the sanctuary, with keepers on hand all day to give talks about the Wild Futures charity and offer you the chance to get up close and personal with some of the residents.

The Monkey Sanctuary offers a lot more than just monkeys, with wildlife gardens, children's activity room, workshops, gift shop, a café and picnic areas to enjoy all day.

While enjoying a great day out with the all the family your also supporting the charity work that protects primates all over the world.


Porfell Wildlife Park

Another attraction for animal lovers near Trelawne Manor Holiday Park is Porfell Wildlife Park.

Porfell Wildlife Park | Wildlife attractions in Cornwall

Back in 1989 it was just a small farm with some chickens and pigs. Now it's grown into Cornwall's biggest exotic animal sanctuary, with beautiful birds, old reptiles, funny monkeys, grazing zebra, meerkats and a crazy ostrich!

The park offers a home to over 250 animals from all over the world – some might have been neglected in the past, injured, imported illegally or simply no longer wanted. All are now welcomed into specially created homes.

Unlike most Zoos, Porfell offers visiting children (and adults!) the chance to interact with the wildlife, feeding, touching and learning all about them.


Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium overlooks Towan Beach in Newquay, 8 miles from Perran View Holiday Park, so you can take a break from the sun and explore the underwater world.

Blue Reef Aquarium | Wildlife attractions in Cornwall

The aquarium has over 40 naturally themed habitats that showcase Cornish waters to warmer more exotic waters.

My favourite part is the 250,000 litre underwater tunnel full of spectacular coral reef. Within the reef you'll find puffer fish, rays, moray eels, lion fish and some amazing black tip reef sharks!

Elsewhere you can watch giant pacific octopus, crabs, lobsters, Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman crocodiles and loggerhead turtles just cruising about.

The feeding shows are a must!


Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Half an hour from Tolroy Manor Holiday Park is the Cornish Seal Sanctuary – Cornwall's only fully operational seal rescue centre.

Cornish Seal Sanctuary | Wildlife attractions in Cornwall

The seal sanctuary provides a home and care for sick, stray and injured seal pups rescued around the Cornwall coast.

You can expect to see more than just seals though – playful otters, penguins, ponies, sheep and goats are all residents of the sanctuary too.

Feeds and talks feature throughout the day and you can get your hands on some slimy fish to throw to the cheeky seals.

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