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Safari Zoo, Dalton-in-Furness

3.9
#2 of 152 in Outdoors in Cumbria
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
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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  • Defiantly worth a visit, staff our helpful and food is good. The animals are happy, monkeys, ducks, peacocks wonder freely through out the zoo. So glad we made the effort to go while in the Lakes  more »
  • After hearing lots of bad press after we booked our holiday visit, I was worried we were going somewhere awful and almost didn't go but I'm so glad we gave it a chance. It was the best day of our holi...  more »
  • I was given a Big Cat and Zoo Keeper experience here for Christmas, however I was at first sceptical after the recent news of the zoos circumstance. However, now that the zoo is under new management i...  more »
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  • Was concerned visiting again after the last time as we have a disabled person in a wheelchair and the experience was not good...after hearing of changes we tried another visit yesterday... to our amazement we had a very pleasurable experience and enjoyed our visit... although some areas are very steep the paths are manageable... food was a reasonably priced... disabled toilets very roomy and very clean although entrance has a bit of a lip making it difficult to get in.. overall a pleasurable experience and will go again
  • Visited mid week off peak, got free entry which was a bonus. Well signed with brown road signs. Car park spacious. Entry and gift shop look really impressive. The kids enjoyed the spacious and well equipped outdoor play area. We all enjoyed the walk through enclosures, the animals all looked well cared for. Being able to get up close to the animals and hand feeding them, and watching the spider monkeys literally swinging above our heads was such a treat. The Staff were attentive and helpful. Didnt eat or drink here, but gift shop prices were reasonable. Would come again and will recommend.
  • 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 sight of the baby giraffe was a first delight on walking up the hill from the Entrance, it 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.
  • On the whole we did enjoy the day, however the condition of the indoor enclosures for the spider monkeys was disturbing. Littered with holes, we saw numerous rats running in and out of the pens. However, what was most concerning was the pile of rotten food left for the animals to eat. I watched for some time one monkey pick their way through the food and sniff various pieces before putting it back down. It was not fit for consumption and this was a very sad sight to see. We arrived at 11am and the food had not been put out that day - doubtfully even the day before. I went back to the area before leaving at 330pm and the same food was still down.
  • 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.

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