Drusillas Park has been named the eigth best rated UK Zoo in the Travellers Choice awards, announced by Trip Advisor.
The award-winning Sussex zoo, who celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, was also named the 21st best rated zoo in Europe ahead of London Zoo, Chessington World of Adventures , Marwell Zoo, Port Lympne and Howletts.
The annual awards are based on millions of reviews and opinions posted on the TripAdvisor site from across the world.
Managing Director, Laurence Smith, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been rated so highly in these prestigious awards. Drusillas Park is constantly evolving and improving; we introduce new animals and attractions every year and are constantly adding value. Only this week, two new Bactrian Camels have arrived and are proving incredibly popular with our visitors.
“To have been named the eighth best rated zoo in the UK in the Travellers’ Choice Awards and 21st in Europe is a huge honour and a true testament to the hard work and dedication we put in to providing an exceptional visitor attraction.”
Drusillas Park is a family-run business founded in 1925, when the late Captain Ann bought a derelict farm and 20 acres of land and opened the cottage to sell teas to passing motorists. He named the tea rooms after his first wife Drusilla, adding attractions and animals to help boost trade.
Drusillas remained in the Ann family until 1997 when it was acquired by current owners Laurence and Christine Smith, after selling a nationwide recruitment business. Joined today by daughters Cassandra and Caroline, the Smiths have invested heavily in the Park over the past few years and today the zoo is home to more than one hundred different animal species.
For the complete list of winners from the 2015 Travellers’ Choice Zoos, visit www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TravelersChoice-Attractions-cZoos-g186216.
Visit www.drusillas.co.uk for more information about the zoo.
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