Dartmoor Zoo, Devon
Set in 33 acres of beautiful woodland with some stunning views of the surrounding countryside, Dartmoor Zoological Park is a unique, family owned zoo with a fantastic collection of animals and the widest variety of big cats in the south west of England.
The animals here include tigers, lions, jaguar, lynx and cheetah, bears, wolves, tapir, capybara, racoons, meerkats, monkeys, deer, owls, ostrich, lechwe, a fantastic collection of bugs and reptiles and much, much more.
The animals in the centre include a fascinating varietry of stick insects, a great collection of snakes, tortoises, bearded dragons gerbils, poison dart frogs and gekkos, many of which feature in Close Encounters.
The special design of the enclosures means that you can feel closer to the animals than at some other zoos, with great opportunities for unbstructed wildlife photography.
For more information, visit http://www.dartmoorzoo.org
Meerkat and Kissing Otter images by Chris Wilson