Tropical Wings Zoo is a family run business that has grown from strength to strength since first opening the doors in 2000.
So how did it all begin…?
The site ‘Four Acres Nursery’ was purchased by the family in 1981, at that time it was a small farm shop and nursery growing tomatoes and other salad crops which were sold from the farm shop at the front of the property. Through hard work and determination the business flourished and was successful with Four Acre Farm Shop gaining an excellent reputation for quality produce grown either locally or onsite.
However, due to current market trends of the ‘one stop shop’ habits becoming more apparent and having a detrimental effect on many small businesses it became time to re-think the business strategy.
With approx 1 acre of usable glass house readily available the family went through a process of whether these buildings could be utilised and the ‘Butterfly House’ idea emerged. With the family’s passion for animals along with a vast knowledge of business acumen it seemed a natural transition. After extensive research, initial ideas started to take shape and it was full steam ahead with planning and organisation.
The conversion process of Greenhouse to Butterfly House was started in 1999, with the help of some very supportive family and friends, aiming towards opening the doors in 2000. The new attraction as it was then, ‘Tropical Wings Butterfly and Bird Gardens’, opened to the public on the 17th August 2000. It featured the Tropical House as we know it today full of exotic butterflies, birds, reptiles, weird and wonderful invertebrates and a small collection of parrots.
The hard work and growth has continued with the opening of the Bird Gardens and Café in 2001, followed by outdoor play areas in 2003 and indoor play areas in 2008. The zoo collection has continued to grow with many more species acquired over the years.
We listen to our visitors, taking into consideration their comments and suggestions when developing the zoo and each year has seen considerable re-investment in the company to constantly improve the attraction, improve the visitor experience, whilst ensuring we keep to the highest possible standards of animal care and husbandry.
During 2011 brand new indoor soft play equipment was installed to create our popular Mr Macawber’s Fun House and 2012 saw brand new outdoor play equipment installed creating Monkey Run for older children and Meerkat Lookout for toddlers.
This continued investment has seen the transition of the business from its early days as ‘Tropical Wings Butterfly and Bird Gardens’ to then becoming ‘Tropical Wings World of Wildlife’ and now following the inclusion of many more species of mammals and reptiles we have found our identity as ‘Tropical Wings Zoo’.