Fur, Feathers & Scales

Saunter through our walkthrough aviary, hop around our bush walk 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. A new and improved home for our red panda has now opened, and Mei Mei has been joined by a male red panda called Peter.

Bush Walk

Saunter on down to the bush walk for a close up encounter with our Bennett’s wallabies before heading into the “scales” section at Cold Blooded Corner.

Cold-Blooded Corner

Here you’ll discover the venomous reticulate Gila monster and the Madagascan tree boa, both EEP species (European Ex-situ breeding Programme). If you love snakes this is definitely the place for you! Look out for our Dumeril’s ground boa too.


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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.

Dumerils Boa Directory

Dumeril's ground boa

Adult Dumeril’s boas are cathemeral, which means that they may be active at any time of the day or night, but the young snakes are mainly nocturnal.

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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A perfect day out for the whole family

A perfect day out for the whole family. Felt safe and not to busy around the zoo…

Racheal – 2 days ago

Normally 5 stars but poor weather meant fewer animals to see

David – 2 days ago

Between the showers it was great.The Penguins performed well and got us off

Penguins performed well . Tiger prowled we’ll . Girafffes came in and out . Go…

Brian – 2 days ago

Watched the older lion eating. Saw one of the Binturongs up close by the glass…

Pamela – 2 days ago

Very friendly experience, all staff smiling, lots to do and see!

Great experience lots to do a lovely interesting place to visit.

Jayne – 2 days ago

Amazing zoo trip.

Safe were amazing. Very welcoming. And a great layout to the zoo.

Trusted customer – 2 days ago

We have an annual pass and come regular. We would like to see more exotic cats ,…

Trusted customer – 2 days ago

Great as always

As a family we enjoyed our visit. It felt safe with sensible restrictions in pl…

Trusted customer – 2 days ago

Great family fun day out

The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The animals looked happy with lots…

Jemma – 3 days ago

A greatfamily day out

Always a great time with a great selection of animals for the whole family to en…

Ali – 3 days ago

Marwell is truly Marwellous!

Every visit to Marwell is different, the animals and birds always intriguing and…

Shirley – 3 days ago


Trusted customer – 3 days ago

Brilliant wintery day at Marwell, twins enjoyed it and lots to do and see

Stu – 3 days ago

Excellent day out

Lovely enjoyable day out. Had a very nice meal at cafe graze. Everywhere was v…

Trusted customer – 3 days ago

Great day out!

Always a great day out. We notice something new each time we visit. Less busy in…

Michael – 3 days ago

Great day out for the family and well worth the effort to drive there

Well lasted or with plenty of places to stop to eat and chat the children loved …

Chris Meninno-Symons – 3 days ago

Lots of space and plenty to see. Very interesting. Friendly staff.

We had a lovely day. So much space. The animals are clearly kept in good conditi…

Kate – 3 days ago

Yes would recommend to anyone. Lovely family day out.

Vicky – 3 days ago