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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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  • My wife (55) decided she wanted to visit a zoo for her birthday so the closest to Catterick, N Yorks was this one. We went with no high expectations so not to be disappointed and it was ok for the...  more »
  • We booked the zoo via the website and recieved a nice 15% Discount. We did have to book a time slot via a 3rd party website, Even though it was highlighted in yellow on the website I still nearly...  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.
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