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Colchester Zoo 'Among Europe's Best'
Colchester Zoo has made it into a list of top 10 European zoos compiled from reviews by global travellers.
The Essex attraction, based at Stanway, was in eighth place in the European list and was voted the second-best zoo in the UK in the tables published by TripAdvisor.
In all, the UK had eight zoos in the European top 25 - more than any other European country - with Folly Farm in Begelly in South Wales 13th, Blackpool Zoo 14th, Durrell Wildlife Park in Jersey 21st, Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens at Burford in Oxfordshire 22nd and Knowsley Safari Park at Prescot in Merseyside 25th.
TripAdvisor spokesman James Kay said: "These awards are based on the millions of reviews and opinions written by our global community of travellers.
"So if you're looking for some inspiration for a great family day out, the UK winners are a great addition to your summer holidays hit list."
These are the UK's top zoos according TripAdvisor:
1. Chester Zoo, Cheshire
2. Colchester Zoo
3. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Devon
4. Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Begelly, South Wales
5. Blackpool Zoo
6. Durrell Wildlife Park, Trinity, Jersey
7. Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Burford, Oxfordshire
8. Knowsley Safari Park, Liverpool, Merseyside;
9. South Lakes Safari Zoo, Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria
10. Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, Stirling, Scotland.
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