Experience and explore BCA Zoo which is home to over 100 different species from across the globe for a Spice exclusive guided tour. Visit the bustling Zoo Courtyard and the warm Reptile House where you never know what fascinating creature might be waiting around the next corner.
BCA zoo is located within a small part of the Berkshire College of Agriculture’s beautiful 400-acre campus. The zoo has historically been known as the BCA animal management centre, as its primary use was as a training facility for students enrolled onto the various animal management courses that the college offers. The zoo is still (and will continue to be) a highly regarded practical training resource for students.
BCA Zoo is now home to over 100 species of animal ranging from scorpions to lemurs. A number of the species housed at the zoo are at risk in the wild and are part of European Endangered Species Programmes (EEP’s) which include the critically endangered Bali Starlings, Slow Loris and Desertas Wolf Spiders.
We will have the opportunity to look around the zoo courtyard which houses the majority of their mammals and birds. Here you will be able to see species such as Meerkats, Squirrel monkeys and Lemurs.
The exotics house is home to a diverse collection of reptiles and invertebrates. A number of the species are on public display like the Cuban Rock Iguana and Elongated tortoises.
A rather unique addition to the zoo is the new climate-controlled amphibian room. This is where you can see endangered Lemur leaf frogs and the bizarre Titicaca water frogs, both of which the zoo has bred successfully.
This encounter will last approximately 45 minutes. Afterwards we will have a wander around the site as there are plenty of walkways to discover. They have several areas which are suitable for picnics. There is a nice spot at the back of the Zoo which is sheltered and has picnic benches, so an ideal place for us to sit and enjoy our picnic lunch.
You are welcome to bring cameras with you to take photos however BCA accepts no liability for damages.
Important: Due to COVID 19 the Nocturnal room may not be included on the Zoo Tour. Face masks are optional throughout the Zoo courtyard but must be worn in any buildings including the Exotics House unless medically exempt from wearing a face covering. It is compulsory that hand sanitiser/ soap and water are used at the beginning and end of the tour..