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South Lakes Safari Zoo, Lindal-in-Furness

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Billed as one of the best conservation zoos in England, the wild inhabitants of South Lakes 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. Add South Lakes Safari Zoo and other attractions to your Lindal-in-Furness trip itinerary using our Lindal-in-Furness route planner.
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  • As other reviews have stated, no picnics are allowed in the park. There are hundreds of picnic tables, but very few places to purchase food from. And what is available is very expensive and of poor.....  more
    As other reviews have stated, no picnics are allowed in the park. There are hundreds of picnic tables, but very few places to purchase food from. And what is available is very expensive and of poor.....  more »
  • Animals looked sad, most (giraffes, zebras etc.) caged inside during our visit. Awful smell as you walked round and the grounds weren't well looked after. Glad we got this on a wowcher offer! Only... 
    Animals looked sad, most (giraffes, zebras etc.) caged inside during our visit. Awful smell as you walked round and the grounds weren't well looked after. Glad we got this on a wowcher offer! Only...  more »
  • We stayed in barrow in Furness on the Saturday and visited the zoo on the Sunday. We got there early as we’d paid for a penguin feed to be told that their times had changed and what was on the... 
    We stayed in barrow in Furness on the Saturday and visited the zoo on the Sunday. We got there early as we’d paid for a penguin feed to be told that their times had changed and what was on the...  more »
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  • Had a great day here. Plenty of Animals to keep you interested. Loved the bear. You can walk in amongst some of the animals which the kids found so exciting. They loved the play park. I was happy with the ticket price. The food in the restaurant was delicious..a wee bit pricey but since the tickets were so cheap, it's hard to grumble. Free parking, no picnics or smoking allowed within the zoo.
  • Loved it, despite the weather couldn't have asked for more. Currently there is an offer for the experiences and given how lovely and informative the staff were, I'd highly recommend. Also as this was a birthday visit, whoever I spoke to on the phone was also lovely helping me make the timings work. Only negative was the coffee at the main place wasn't good, however our friends grabbed some from the panda hide kiosk and said that one was much better. Overall a unforgettable trip :)
  • Great zoo with a fantastic array of animals to see. Loved the areas where the animals freely roam allowing you up close encounters with monkeys, kangaroos and much more. The wolves were amazing, especially the cubs. You can't bring in your own food or drink so unless you want to keep going in and out to your car the add one are expensive. Biggest frustration was the shop at the end. You are forced to wind amongst every area of the shop to get to the exit, no doubt in the hope you'll give in and buy something....I did not! That said a lovely day and would recommend for fans of animals and wildlife you wouldn't otherwise see.
  • We went Yesterday and had a brilliant day. The park is really clean and well organised. The staff are really friendly and informative. The animals all seem happy , even got to see a family of Rhino running around which I’ve not seen in any zoo before. The walk through area was good as the Lemurs were sunbathing on the grass. I would recommend this zoo to anyone, all I would say is although all the paths are wide and flat it’s built on a hill so if you have mobility issues then get a powered chair or a good pusher.
  • Really poor now. Came a few years ago lots to see and do, now very few animals. Conditions not great. No train anymore. No activities. You can’t take food in but no place outside for picnics which most people had taken. Should have a picnic area near the car park Cafe very poor considering you can’t take anything in and coffee the worse ever. All ended in the bin. Will not return and cannot recommend at all.

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