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Animal factsheets

Bristol Zoo Gardens has over 400 different animal species. You can read our fact sheets to find out more about these amazing animals.

If you’re a teacher, you can bring your group to Bristol Zoo Gardens for an education session. We have a variety of programmes to meet all needs and abilities.

Did you know we share our planet with more than a million invertebrate species? Invertebrates do not have a backbone. Bug World houses most of our invertebrates, but you’ll also find them in other houses, such as Butterfly Forest.

Porcupine pufferfish
Fish are vertebrates, but have backbones and bodies adapted for life in water. They have gills, fins, scales, and are cold-blooded. You can find most of our fish in the aquarium.

Amphibians are cold-blooded, slimy-skinned animals with backbones. Most lay soft eggs in damp places that hatch into Poison arrown dart frogtadpoles. Most of our amphibians are in the Reptile House or AmphiPod. 

ReptilesRhinocerous Iguana
Reptiles have backbones and dry, scaly skins. They are cold-blooded and most lay eggs with leathery shells. You’ll find most of our reptiles in the Reptile House.


Birds have feathers, beaks and They also have Ble cheeked lovebirdsbackbones, and lay eggs. They are warm-blooded animals. Visit Explorers’ Creek to see some of our tropical birds.


Mammals are hairy animals with backbones. They are warmAye Aye-blooded, and feed milk to their babies. The zoo houses all sorts of mammals, from tiny ones in Twilight World to larger ones such as hippos, lions, seals and gorillas.