Paradise Wildlife Park
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|Location||White Stubbs Lane
Broxbourne, Herts EN10 7QA
Paradise Wildlife Park is a family-run animal park located in Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, England. It was previously known as Broxbourne Zoo, but became Paradise Wildlife Park under the new management of the Sampson Family in 1986.
The park was previously known as Broxbourne Zoo, which opened in the early 1960s. The animal enclosures were very small and uncomfortable, which led to Broxbourne Zoo being described as the worst zoo in Britain.
However in 1984, the Sampson Family purchased the site after seeing how poorly the animals were kept with the intention of re-housing the animals into larger enclosures which mimicked their natural habitat, making them as comfortable as possible. The zoo was closed down for two years to undergo this transformation, and re-opened as 'Paradise Park and Woodland Zoo', which was then shortened to Paradise Wildlife Park (PWP).
Since the Sampson family took over the Zoo, the team at PWP have continually researched, expanded and improved upon the animals' living conditions. Paradise Wildlife Park has developed a reputation through its conservation efforts, including The Wildlife Heritage Foundation (the sister site in Kent) which specialises in research and breeding of endangered species.
Paradise Wildlife Park is home to over 400 animals, which include small mammals, paddock and farmyard animals, birds, primates, reptiles and big cats. They house Tigers, Tawny Lions, Jaguars, Snow Leopards, Ocelot, Lynx, Clouded Leopard, African Leopard and the rare White Lions.
Breeding at Paradise Wildlife Park has been successful, with the breeding of endangered species such as white lions, marmosets, tamarins, Burmese pythons and lovebirds. Many animals are bred as part of the EEP Breeding Programme.
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