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Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, Milnthorpe

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
3.6/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is a small zoological collection near the town of Milnthorpe, Cumbria, England, with a science and evolution theme. Since April 2012 the zoo has been run by the registered charity Lakeland Trust for Natural Sciences.The centre is divided into several sections, including a butterfly hall and aquarium, as well as an outside walk-through area. The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is a member of the BIAZA organisation, and participates in breeding schemes for several endangered species, notably the unusual Fossa.In 2011 the zoo acquired its first snow leopard, a male named Pavan, for which it had built an enclosure with a perspex walk-through tunnel, "thought to be the UK’s first walk-through big cat exhibit". soon followed by a female named Tara. These produced two young during 2014, which were named Loki and Luna, the first successful snow leopard breeding recorded in the North of England.
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  • Absolute waste of time and money. Walked round in 10 minutes, nothing excited the children felt robbed of £20 
  • We visited this zoo on Sunday & i'd bought my nan a zoo keeper experience with my auntie & i paid general admission to walk round with them and take photos's.. i didn't know what to expect at 1st but ...  read more »
  • First views give a totally false impression! Really helpful staff, wonderful animals and you can get very close to all except the snow leopards (understandable)! But even then you can get very good vi...  read more »
  • Wish i could give it ten stars. Whilst not the largest zoo around. The staff and the level of interaction with the animals large and small, make it one of the best in my opinion. Not once did you see bored animals asleep in a corner. And also the meerkat experiance was just that even though you can reach out and touch them, one of our party tried to. The young man on duty with the meerkats politely pointed out fingers look like lunch to a meeerkat and they can give a nasty nip. holds up finger to show scar to prove this. The young lady that gave the reptile encounter was knowlageable passionate patient and a good sport in alowing more photo calls for some of her charges than you could want. A day well spent
  • The food in the cafe was alright and staff were friendly and professional, but several of the tanks/cages definitely loked an inadequate size considering the size and number of the animals in there. The place feels pretty run down too; some of the educational displays are looking very dated, there's smashed glass on some of the holding tanks and the place just felt a bit 'tatty'. It's a shame as the place has the potential to be a cracking little tourist attraction, but as it is It falls well short of what I'd expect for the entrance fee and makes you question if the animals' welfare is a priority for the place.
  • Too small to call a zoo, but interesting range of wildlife, from ants to snow leopards. Good educational sessions with opportunities for kids to get close to the animals. Junior keeper scheme a nice present for kids.
  • Nice location, great facilities. Cafe is good too
  • We had the animal interaction experience at the zoo and it was fantastic. The lady who showed us round was very knowledgeable and the experience of feeding the animals and clicker training the fossa was brilliant. The customer service in the reception / cafe however left a whole lot to be desired. On arrival the manager had to call someone out of the back to serve us as she was sitting down. We ordered lunch in the cafe. The woman who served us came through from cleaning some shelves, took our order and our money (£14 for 2 toasties!!) and then started to make it WITHOUT WASHING HER HANDS!!!! The toasties took a long time and arrived un-toasted, which in all honesty was the excuse I was looking for not to eat them as I was completely discusted with the lack of hygine, so we retuned them and got our money back. We then asked since we were unable to have lunch could we mve our experience forward - she was then wholly unhelpful saying that every member of staff in the zoo would be busy for another hour without even calling anyone to check. So while the animal experience its self was fantastic we shall not be returning.
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