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Explore, Adventure, Discover all new Safari Zoo.

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Here at safari zoo we’re passionate about education so passionate for 2015 we are giving schools the chance to come Explore the animal kingdom with us for free. Whether you’re early years, primary, secondary Explore: Discover: Adventure you’ll have a fantastic day immersed with some of the rarest wildest animals on the planet.

3 times the size in 2015 and 3 times the experience as you safari on foot and Discover Rhinos, Lions, Tigers, Penguins, Bears, Hippos, Wolves, Snow leopards, Jaguar, Giant otters, Primates, free roaming monkeys, kangaroos, vultures, penguins and a host of bird species on a fun filled educational day out packed with learning and fun at Europe’s only safari zoo.

Enhance your day and hand feed giraffes, lemurs, penguins, lemurs, kangaroos, Join our interactive animal keeper led talks and animal feedings, and more or book an educational talk with one of our highly trained animal keepers.


Any one who has adopted an animal keep an eye out, dropping through your letterbox any day now will be an invitation and ticket to our first annual adopter’s event.

To be held on World Giraffe Day:  Saturday 21st June 2014 10am to 5pm.

This is your chance to come and meet the animal carer who looks after the animal you have adopted to find out more about their day, who eats what, and anything you may want to know as well as getting involved in some animal activities – hand feeding lemurs, penguins, giraffes….


PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY :    please check back nearer the day for final times

Big Cats-Group 1 (Tigers & Tayra) – 11am meet at the tiger house

Big Cats group 2 (Wolves, Jaguars, Lions & Snow Leopards) 11:45am meet at the new Jaguar house

Birds (spoonbills, Emus, Flamingos, peacocks & Penguins) 11.30am meet in the aviary

Kangaroos- (Kangaroos, Babirusa, Snakes, Bats) 1.30pm meet in tropical house by the bats

Lemurs (Lemurs, Squirrell Monkeys) 1:45pm meet in Madagascar area after Lemur feeding

Bears ( Bears, Capuchins, Tapirs, Giant Otters & Capybara) 1:45pm meet on Bear walkway

Primates Group1 (Fennec Fox, Hippos, Tortoise, Spider Monkeys, Howler Monkeys, Tamarins, Gibbons) 2pm at the Hippo House

Primates Group 2 (Two toed sloth) 2.30pm meet in Primate house

Giraffes (Giraffes, Rhino’s, Baboons) 11: 45am meet at Giraffe Walkway for Rhinos and Baboons, Giraffes in house all day for 1 on 1 feeding and talk.

If you struggle to find where you are due to meet your keeper please do not hesitate to ask any member of staff.

These sessions are by invitation only, available to those who have adopted an animal here at the park.

June 21st is also World Giraffe Day there will be a host of giraffe related activities come and join us, we look forward to meeting you all.

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Opening Times

Now until Easter 10am – 4.30pm
Easter – July 10am – 5pm
August 10am – 6pm

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Visit South Lakes Safari Zoo all year with a 365 ticket from £18

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Wild Things Gift Shop

Pocket money toys, to gifts made in our conservation projects supporting animals in the wild.

Adopt an animal, book a keeper for a day, book an animal experience….

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Hand Feed Big Cat

Join one of our passionate expert keepers for a Big Cat Experience, get upclose and hand feed some of our amazing big cats

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Family experiences

Love monkeys? Penguins? Giraffes or want to tickle a tapir…
Animal experience days make the perfect VIP day at South Lakes Safari Zoo

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Keeper for a day

Be a keeper for the day at South Lakes Safari Zoo, work with big cats, giraffes, penguins.. whichever’s your favourite. Junior and adult places available.

The Magic of Christmas


The Magic of Christmas takes place every Saturday and Sunday in December then every day until 24th during December school holidays.


Bookings now being taken: Santa’s Steam Express, Breakfast with Santa, Dinner with Santa or Party nights with Santa

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Maki Restaurant

From chicken curry cooked in a banana leaf to a chunk of chocolate cake where else can you enjoy a meal whilst watching giraffes and rhinos wander.

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Join the team at South Lakes working to make a difference

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