Following a lifetime passion for animals, a visit to the Isle of Wight at just the right time and a journey to the Amazon Basin in South America all led Derek Curtis to bring Amazon World Zoo Park to life in 1990
Education and conservation is just as important to Amazon World as the animals they care for. Teaching us about the endangered animals of the South American rain forests and being a member of the British and European Zoo Associations, Amazon World participate in international breeding schemes to help safeguard the future of some of the rarest animals in the world. There are over 200 different animals within the zoo and most hail from that area of the world
Around the Zoo Park
- In the large glasshouse a tropical rainforest has been recreated and you can see crocodiles, fish and birds amongst the greenery and in the trickling stream that runs around the ‘forest’ with little bridges for you to cross
- The sloth family have their own area to, very slowly, move around and if you’re in luck they may be close to the pathway. In the centre are the similarly slow moving tortoises and the tamarinds are cute and inquisitive in the corners.
- Next is an indoor area where the scalier animals such as the Armadillo, the cute honey bears and the weird Mata Mata freshwater turtle will amaze you. Then emerge into the daylight to find the birds such as Macaws and Flamingos and mammals that include Peccaries, Ocelot, Ibis and Tapirs. The Giant Anteater is a beauty, if he’s out and lumbering about; the penguins have their own home and don’t miss the pandas
- It’s here that you find the Lemur and separate Wallaby walk-throughs that kids and adults most enjoy, the Meerkats that you can meet and there’s a café and outside seated area
Exit from this area, via the well-stocked gift shop, and there is a large ‘Adventurers Café’, more shops and a huge Jurassic Adventure playground, with a special area for under 5s.