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Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, Milnthorpe

(3.6/5 based on 240+ 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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  • This is not a zoo as such so don't expect large dramatic animals but it is a child friendly wildlife centre with the usual collection of frogs and insects but withe addition of a few stars. Leave at l...  more »
  • We enjoyed our family visit on a dull, damp day. It is a small zoo but there are several sections indoors, in the warm, with informative captions, a well stocked shop and a pleasant café. It was cold ...  more »
  • lovely little zoo, beautiful snow leopards, it has a variety of unusual little animals. Staff very friendly and I love this place 
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  • Son did the zoo keeper experience for the day and absolutely loved it. Our Keeper Debbie, was really nice and friendly and my son loved going in with all the animals. Well worth the money, fantastic day and cannot thank them enough. One very happy boy.
  • This zoo just needs a bit of TLC. It is very small and does not have any large animals, the cafe isn't very good and the staff didn't seem very knowledgeable. I would have scored this a one out of five based on this but there's the animals that have saved this. This zoo has some animals I have never seen anywhere else, they have a golden orb spider and a fossa and some other unusual animals that are worth looking at. I left feeling like 'wow, never seen those before' and 'shame about the facilities and aesthetics of the place '
  • Enjoyable outing for the day. Cafe was lovely. Good selection of animals, Snow Leopards were amazing. Good place to go for a few hours.
  • 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.
  • 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