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Safari Zoo, Dalton-in-Furness

(3.9/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web)
Billed as one of the best conservation zoos in England, the wild inhabitants of Safari Zoo reside on 6.9 hectares (17 acres) of land designed to help them feel right at home. The highlight is the African section, which is split into different enclosures. A pair of pygmy hippopotamuses and a slue of mandrills occupy one. In another, you'll see white rhinoceroses, baboons, and giraffes. Hundreds of other species populate other enclosures spread throughout the park. Pay a visit to Maki Restaurant for a bite to eat, and grab a seat on the restaurant's deck for a view of the rhinos, giraffes, and baboons. To visit Safari Zoo on your holiday in Dalton-in-Furness, and find out what else Dalton-in-Furness has to offer, use our Dalton-in-Furness vacation builder.
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  • We have visited this zoo several times since it opened, but not in the past couple of years. I was sad to hear the trouble they had had recently. To be honest we were planning on visiting Chester zoo ...  more »
  • We have just done the big cat feed. It was so good we went back and booked it a second time. The tigers are amazing and our keeper Yaz was brilliant, she had a very good understanding of the cats and ...  more »
  • Absolutely amazing place, unlike any other zoo i've ever been to before. The giraffes came right up to the fences and tocuhed us! The interaction with the animals is incredible, we loved that a lot of...  more »
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  • We visited yesterday, and were surprised to discover that entry was free! However, we paid our Entrance Fee (two Concessions) as a donation, and bought the excellent guidebook, as we want the zoo to succeed and not to close. We enjoyed a visit years ago before the dreadful fire which killed the lemurs, and always intended to return one day. At once, we were impressed at all the construction work that had been done and was continuing to improve the enclosures etc for the animals and birds without spoiling the pleasure of walking amongst many of them safely. The baby giraffe was a first delight walking up the hill from the Entrance, being only a couple of weeks old, then the baby rhino too in the same extensive paddock. The whole day was a series of pleasant surprises, including a good lunch, and we can confirm that all the animals looked looked well care for and happy. Loved the "pink" Arctic Wolves howling to each other! The zoo is open for free all April except for Easter weekend, so I hope people support the efforts being made, and go and see for yourself. I sound like an advert, but that is definitely not the case. I'm still a great fan of Chester Zoo, visiting ever since I was in MY pushchair. Now I'm MUCH older, I found Safari Zoo, being a lot smaller, less tiring to walk round and I got to see everything.
  • We visited the zoo today, a little anxious about news reports and mixed reviews from other visitors. It was a beautifully sunny day and most of the animals were out for us to see. They looked well and were not showing signs of stress, the keepers were working hard and happily interacted with the public. It was a quiet day so there were no queues and we spent over 4 hours strolling around. We ate in the restaurant, enjoying views of the giraffes through the window - the atmosphere was so relaxed and all the staff were very friendly. The food was good & reasonably priced too. As it was free entry today we were happy to leave a donation and will definitely return in the future.
  • Have been to this zoo in the past. Now under new management there has been a lot of improvements made. Lots of animals to see & we saw most of them with only a few being indoors and out of sight. Still lots of renovation happening but this didn't spoil our day. Helpful & polite staff. Refreshments available as well as plenty of outdoor seating for picnics, etc The new road and entrance has helped to minimise the traffic through the village & the car park is much larger now.
  • A great day out here today. Have visited many zoos in the past and can honestly say that all of the animals we saw were in very good condition. Having read posts and reviews on here from as little as 3 weeks ago there is mention of tigers starving and looking like they are dying. I fed the tigers today and being a huge fan of big cats can say they are the best and healthiest captive cats I have seen.
  • Felt a bit like they're in their final season so check before travelling in case they're closed. Kind of a cross between a zoo and a drive through safari...with this you walk around and see some animals roaming around you and others behind cages. Not very easy to navigate but great fun and a chance to get up close. Was wet when I visited so wellies would gave been a good idea as it can get muddy. Food places seemed few and far between with long lines...but it was free entry February so became quite busy. Paid for food to feed roaming animals but they didn't seem that hungry.