Zoo updates

Whichever day you visit Bristol Zoo, there's always lots to see and do! Be sure to see our extra activities and events here.

We're open 364 days a year, so from time to time we may need to temporarily close areas of the Zoo to keep everything looking great all year long.


What are we working on?

Bird exhibits closed: ongoing

Includes: Penguins (outside area), Flamingos, Forest of Birds.

Our walk-through bird exhibits are closed as a precaution due to the threat of Avian Influenza from Europe. This includes the outside area for our penguins, however they can still be viewed in the tunnels under Seal & Penguin Coasts. Thank you for your understanding. For more information on Avian Influenza, please click here.

ZooRopia - Dates: 20th - 24th February

ZooRopia will be closed during this period for some exciting upgrades! Watch out for updates.

Gibbon enclosure: ongoing

Our gibbons will be living off-show whilst their enclosure is being refurbished. Date of reopening to be confirmed.

Cafe, Deli and Bakery - Dates: ongoing 

Food and drink is currently being served in a temporary café situated in a large marquee on the main lawn. This is because we have received planning permission to develop a new restaurant - The Hide. Works are now underway and the re-vamp will see the removal of the existing, 24-year-old external café canopy and the addition of a single storey extension. The Hide is due to open next spring and further details of our exciting plans will be confirmed soon - read more.

Stingrays - Aquarium: ongoing

The stingrays have been temporarily moved out of their closure due to a medicinal water treatment. The medicine being used is toxic to stingrays so they have been temporarily removed and housed in our off show facility until treatment ends. They will be back on show in the next few weeks. The stingray talk will also be cancelled until they are back in the main tank. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.


Seasonal Closures

Lemur walk-through - they are hanging out inside mostly until the weather gets a little warmer.

Wallaby walk-through - it's warmer inside, so our wallabies are jumping around in the indoor section of their enclosure at the moment.

Splash is closed for the winter period. It’s too chilly for paddling now! Other outdoor play areas are still available. 

Amazing Animal shows have shut down for winter. We wouldn't ask you to sit outside!

Animal Talks have now been updated for winter to include some great new talks. Check them out here.


Upcoming Closures

Red Panda - Dates: 20th March - 3rd April

Red Panda exhibit is closed during this period for essential maintenance works.

Playground - Dates: 6th - 20th March

Access to our playground will be limited for two weeks due to refurbishment. We promise that it will be worth the wait!