Fur, Feathers & Scales

Saunter through our walkthrough aviary, hop around our wallaby walkthrough or creep around our cold-blooded corner.

Built with animal encounters in mind, Fur, Feathers & Scales is the perfect location to get close to some of the reptiles, birds and mammals at Marwell.

Walk-Through Aviary

Our walkthrough aviary is jam packed with a fantastic range of colourful and exotic birds – squawking, swooping and strutting.

It’s an exciting and immersive entrance to our new Fur, Feathers & Scales exhibit, as well as a valuable education resource for children – especially 4 to 7-year-olds.

This aviary is larger than any other in the zoo by a considerable margin. One of its greatest assets is its spacious house, which keeps the birds safe, dry and warm through the winter – a guaranteed animal encounter whatever the time of year.

With its varied habitat it caters for all manner of nest building styles – an essential given the mix of birds!


Follow the path down from the aviary and you’ll find the “fur” section. Our new red panda, Tashi, recently joined us – come and say hello!

Wallaby Walkthrough

A new and improved habitat for our red-necked and parma wallabies! Our Wallaby Walkthrough features a small creek, pool, stream and pond and a natural seating area so guests can relax immersed in wildlife.

Cold-Blooded Corner

Here you’ll discover the venomous reticulate Gila monster and the rare Egyptian tortoise. If you love reptiles this is definitely the place for you!

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Martyn Beaded Lizard

Beaded lizard

Beaded lizards are one of only two species of venomous lizard. They have special grooved teeth to release venom when they bite.


Blue-crowned laughingthrush

Blue-crowned laughingthrushes are very sociable. They form close family groups, and young from earlier broods will help to rear younger chicks.

Egyptian tortoise - Testudo kleinmanni at Marwell Zoo

Egyptian tortoise

These tortoises have pale colouring which helps to protect them from the heat of the desert, and also means they are well camouflaged.

Gila Monster Directory

Gila Monster

Gila monsters are one of only two venomous lizard species in the world. The other species is the beaded lizard.

Hamerkop Building Nest


Hamerkops are reported to be the source of more legends and superstitions than any other bird.

Northern Bald Ibis

Northern bald ibis

The Northern bald ibis was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians, and it can be seen in hieroglyphics from 5000 years ago!

Red Necked Wallaby

Red-necked wallaby

The tail of a wallaby is strong enough to support the weight of the entire animal.

Yellow Village Weaver Ploceus Cucullatus Marwell Zoo

Village weaver

Experiments with captive weaver birds have suggested that these birds use colour to help them distinguish between different seed types, and they reject bitter-flavoured seeds.



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Disabled not so friendly

It’s very challenging pushing a wheelchair!

Trusted customer – 2 days ago

A great day out for all the family

A charming zoo, great for children

Trevor – 3 days ago

Nice and spacious with a good cafe and ice cream shops. Great to see the Giraffe…

Neal – 3 days ago

Marvellous Marwell

Absolutely fantastic day out, great facilities, very clean park, friendly staff …

Trusted customer – 3 days ago

great day out

Most of the animals have nice size enclosures and there is loads to keep you bus…

Trusted customer – 6 days ago

Great day out

Great day out, our 2 year old granddaughter had a wonderful time. Lots to do and…

Rachel – 6 days ago

A great day out.

Well worth a visit. Animals looked healthy and content. Great space for wanderin…

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Stephanie – 6 days ago

Absolutely a recommendation to go for all

I’m a carer and was out for the day with clients had a busy fun filled day 🙂

Lisa – 1 week ago

Granny’s favourite outing.

I visited with my 2 year old twin grandsons which was possibly a tad ambitious. …

Kathy – 1 week ago

Excellent day out and enjoyed the animals, cafe and the whole set. Very well pri…

Trusted customer – 1 week ago

Great place

Exceptional family day out! You can literally spend your whole day and the fun d…

Daniel – 1 week ago

Marwell Zoo visit

Very well spaced out with a lot of good enclosures with a good variety of animal…

Andrew – 1 week ago


Loved it! Great enclosures, lovely people and awesome animals! Would be nice if …

Trusted customer – 1 week ago

Took grandchildren who had the time of their lives. Lots to see, well signposted…

Brian – 1 week ago

Great day out

First time back to Marwell after many years. This time with 2 year old grandson….

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