Cotswold Wildlife Park

In September 2010, Julie and I booked a cottage for a short holiday in Stow-on-the-Wold. This town is at the heart of the Cotswolds, one of the most picturesque regions in England. It was a lovely house, and the location gave us the chance to explore much of the area. During our stay, we visited Bourton-on-the-Water, Tewkesbury, Burford, and many other places of interest. Close to Burford, we discovered The Cotswold Wildlife Park, and spent a very pleasant afternoon there, looking at the animals and birds, and admiring the plants and grounds too.

I took a few photos, and some are shown here, featuring animals that are a little different, and a colourful plant display. If you are ever in the area, I can recommend this park as a very pleasant excursion. As usual, the files are large, and can be clicked on for more detail.

One of the highlights here are the park’s rare Red Pandas. It took a lot of patience, waiting for them to emerge, and finally getting one of them to look in the direction of my camera.


This tortoise got my attention because not only was it far larger than a pet animal, it also had this unusual knobbly shell.


The Meerkat enclosure was a hive of activity. I spotted this tired-looking meerkat on ‘lookout duty.’ He was resting on the artificial termite mound, and you can see how well camouflaged he would be, in the wild.


The gardens had many vibrant displays. With my Fuji SLR set to slide simulation mode, the reds look almost artificial.


If you would like to know more about this park, here is a link to the official site.


21 thoughts on “Cotswold Wildlife Park

  1. The park is on our list, Pete. Lovely take on the animals, the meerkat is amazing! What a great expression, ‘Chocolate-Box England’. 🙂
    Bets regards from Norway,
    Dina & co


    1. I have the DVD, given as a gift, last year. I haven’t opened it yet, as I am undecided about the excessive CGI. I might think about watching it soon.
      Thanks, David.
      Regards from a rainy Norfolk. Pete.


  2. Love the tortoise, I think it is an Indian Star. Such prehistoric-looking animals. And you have captured that meerkat beautifully, in such an iconic pose. Not a place I have visited despite passing nearby many, many times.


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