5 wildlife experiences in Jersey

Walk on the wild side with the real locals with these top animal encounters.

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For a small island, it can get pretty wild in Jersey. Come face to face with some of the rarest primates on the planet, or get an unforgettable glimpse of dolphins in the wild. Here are five of our favourite ways to see nature at its best and meet wildlife in Jersey.

JERSEY ZOO

Walk into the zoo started by Gerald Durrell, and you may well hear the wildlife straight away - the howls of gibbons, or the distant call of a lemur. But nothing beats actually seeing some incredibly rare and endangered species up close at this nature reserve. From lowland gorillas to golden tamarins and endangered orangutans, it’s a chance to make eye contact with some of the rarest creatures in the world.  

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COASTAL NATIONAL PARK

Find your own breathing space and get away from the crowds at Jersey’s wildly beautiful National Park. Reconnect with nature at these protected wide open spaces from wetlands to sand dunes, spot majestic Marsh Harriers circling overhead and catch a glimpse of Jersey’s native green lizards - Jersey is the only place in the British Isles where you’ll see these lizards in the wild.

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DOLPHINS

Seeing dolphins in the wild is close to the top of the must-see list for most people - and with pods of wild dolphins in Jersey’s waters, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience the thrill of seeing dolphins racing alongside your boat. Join a RIB trip around the island or out to the Écréhous islands or Les Minquiers sandbanks for a chance to spot local wildlife like bottlenose dolphins.

JERSEY COWS

Jersey cows are prized all over the world for their extra-creamy milk and calm, friendly nature. Don’t miss the chance to spot our local breed while you’re in Jersey - from the cow statues in West’s Centre to herds of grazing dairy cows in the island’s countryside heart.

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BARNYARD ANIMALS

Animal lovers of all ages will love the farm park at aMaizin! Adventure Park. From a miniature Falabella pony to goats, orphaned lambs, Kunekune pigs and hand-reared rabbits and guinea pigs, these animals are mostly adopted or retired. Open every day, closed Mondays in term time in winter.

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