Our pick of the best wildlife conservation tourist attractions in Cornwall

Wednesday 22nd July, 2020

Conservation lies at the heart of many of Cornwall’s visitor attractions. Around the county, you’ll find a number of sites undertaking important work in animal conservation, and your visit can make a real difference in supporting what they do.

Meet over 1,000 of the world’s most rare and endangered species atNewquay Zoo. This conservation charity, owned by Wild Planet Trust, gives you the chance to get up-close with a range of animals, from lions and penguins to zebras and meerkats. With experiences such as becoming a mini-keeper for the day, it’s a great family destination and a fantastic way to teach children about conservation.

In Hayle, Paradise Park is all about the birds. Overlooking Hayle Estuary – itself a renowned RSPB reserve – this family attraction is home to the World Parrot Trust. Encounter a huge variety of different birds and discover more about them with daily talks and feeding experiences. During summer, explore the exotic garden, where bees and butterflies enjoy the nectar-rich plants and brightly coloured birds stretch their wings.

Take the family to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and learn about its work to ensure the safety and wellbeing of seals around Cornwall’s coastline. Based in Gweek, commanding beautiful views of the Helford Estuary, the sanctuary is dedicated to seal rescue, rehabilitation and release, as well as raising awareness of how plastic pollution has affected the seals there. It’s a unique and engaging experience in one of the most beautiful parts of Cornwall.

Screech Owl Sanctuary is an important rescue and rehabilitation centre for over 120 owls and 40 different species from all over the world. The sanctuary holds one of the largest collections of owls in the south west, and has been involved in many conservation projects with endangered species. Based on the edge of the Goss Moor nature reserve, it works with sick and injured owls before returning them to their former locations. Visit to experience close encounters with these beautiful and majestic birds of prey. 


Remember to check on each attractions website to see whether they are open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many attractions will have changed their opening times, and all will have safety measures in place for your wellbeing. Many attractions will require you to think ahead, plan your trip and book your ticket in advance. 

Our pick of the best wildlife conservation tourist attractions in Cornwall

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