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Tropiquaria Zoo
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Location Washford Cross, West Somerset, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°09′39″N 3°20′56″W / 51.1609°N 3.3489°W / 51.1609; -3.3489Coordinates: 51°09′39″N 3°20′56″W / 51.1609°N 3.3489°W / 51.1609; -3.3489
Memberships BIAZA[1]

Tropiquaria Zoo is a small tropical house and zoo in West Somerset, England. It is located 16 miles (26 km) from Taunton and 9 miles (14 km) from Minehead.

It is based in a 1930s art deco BBC Radio transmitter hall, which is now a Grade II listed building.[2][3][4]

A zoo has been run from this site since the early 1990s. There is a mainly African theme to the tropical hall and aquarium as well as the large number of outside enclosures. The zoo is a member of BIAZA,[1] the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and has successfully bred a number of endangered species of mammals, reptiles, birds and fish.

Tropiquaria includes a tropical hall with a variety of snakes and lizards, caiman and small carnivores such as raccoons and skunks. Outside are macaws, helmeted curassow, cockatoos, parrots, agoutis, gibbons, serval, wildcats, wallabies, emus, rheas, tapir, cotton-top tamarins, red-handed tamarins, ring-tailed lemurs, ruffed lemurs, brown lemurs, coatis, yellow mongoose and meerkats amongst many others.[5]

There is also the Washford Radio Museum,[6] the Shadowstring Puppet Theatre, and a number of indoor and outdoor children's play areas.

Emu at Tropiquaria


  1. ^ a b "BIAZA Zoos and Aquariums". BIAZA. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Washford Radio Museum". Washford Radio Museum. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Washford Transmitting Station, Williton". Listed Buildings Online. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Washford Transmitting Station". National Heritage List. English Heritage. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tropiquaria Wildlife Park". Everything Exmoor. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Tropiquaria". Tropiquaria. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 

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