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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  • Very interesting place with a large section of animals from around the world The only bad item was the cafe poor service and cold food staff needs to be be trained AND no COVID-19 rules set in...  more »
  • Visited today for the brunch with Santa, so well organised, numbers controlled. My little boy loved meeting Santa, feeding the giraffes, penguins, playing in snow and seeing all the animals. Amazing.....  more »
  • Yesterday we came to the zoo for the Christmas brunch and it was the most amazing magical day! All the staff went above and beyond to make it a lovely day for both children and adults. The zoo had...  more »
  • This is a great zoo, we had a really fun day with our 2 year old. The keepers were great and there were a variety of animals who all seemed happy and well cared for. The giraffe feed was amazing, we all loved it! Well worth the extra money. In fact we fed the giraffes twice as well as the penguins! The downside was the warning signs everywhere. And I mean everywhere. "DON'T BRING FOOD INTO THE ZOO", "DON'T CLIMB ON THIS", "USE THE HAND DRYER FOR A MAXIMUM OF 10 SECONDS!" with constant threats of getting kicked out if you don't comply. Not having any food at all was difficult with our young child, they could relax on that rule a little. We understand that it's a bad idea to have a biscuit in your hand when walking through the enclosures but no food in the zoo at all!? It seems way too strict to me. There are picnic benches we could have used at no harm to anyone. Instead we had to trek back to have lunch in our car (walking PAST the dozens of picnic tables in the zoo).
  • Was a brilliant day, paid for the big cat experience. It was amazing!! Michael the zoo keeper, was very friendly and knowledgeable. few wasps, but that can not be helped as it's an outdoor activity. If you can't handle it, stay indoors. But I would definitely go again. A day we will never forget, we are already planning our next trip. We got to see all the animals, and we chose to feed the penguins and giraffes on the day. We thought everything was a decent price. I mean they have to make money to keep the zoo going after all. Overall very impressed. Well done South lakes zoo. Keep up the good work.
  • We had a lovely day here...we took our grandaughter.. we were greeted at the entrance by a Giant tortoise walking up the path and a friendly staff member with a large snake..lots of photo a map to help find our way around for £1,well worth it as it had discount vouchers attached.. lovely to see all the animal's out in the open... loved that they described the Rhino's as Chubby Unicorns.. live feeding shows... almost everything you could wish to see.. a little disappointed that there wasn't an Elephant.. we didn't see the lion as it was hot weather and it was hiding in the shade.. plenty rest stops as you went around the park selling ice cream and cold drinks.. all in all a fantastic day out... we will go back again. We loved it.. thanks for reading my review :)
  • This zoo is amazing, the informative boards everywhere. Friendly helpful staff, we did the hand feeding giraffes and penguins which was amazing! Especially for £5 each. Then we fed the tigers to which was unbelievable experience! Highly recommend this place to any nature lover looking for a great day out. The flow of the park is great and you do feel as if you have no barriers between yourself and the animals. Simply wonderful
  • We took part in the penguin experience which was fab. Our keeper was brilliant we fed the penguins and got the chance to ask lots of questions. We haven't been here for about 4 years and it's really improved since our last visit. We'd taken a picnic and didn't realize we couldn't eat it in the zoo so had to eat it outside were there was tables. This area could be a little nicer, food was nice got some chips and got drinks to have with our picnic which were lovely.

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