Experience Animals Up Close

South Lakes Safari Zoo is home to over 1,000 of the rarest and most endangered animals in unique natural environments. Our feeding experiences let you to get as close as physically possible to experience the amazing creatures with which we share our planet.

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Carnivores

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Omnivores & Herbivores

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Hand-feed big cats

Join one of our passionate big cat keepers for an unrivalled tour of South Lakes Safari Zoo’s big cat species. Learn from the expert about our big cat species and how we are working to protect big cats in the wild. For this one hour experience, after a visit to the kitchen to chop some nibbles get a truly memorable opportunity as you go behind the scenes in the big cat houses and hand feed at least two of our big cat species. Then spend the rest of your day exploring the Safari Zoo.

For a shorter visit you may wish to book a Mini Big Cat hand feed for £50, which lasts around 15 minutes.

Participants must be aged 7 years and over.  Children aged under 16 years must be accompanied by a paying adult.


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Red Panda Experience

Come meet everyone’s favourite Red Pandas, Tink and Pan, face to face in this interactive meet, greet and feed session! The experience includes entry to the park for the day, an introductory briefing & talk with our experienced and knowledgeable Red Panda Keeper. You will accompany the keeper into the Red Panda enclosure to meet the Red Pandas with an opportunity to hand feed!

The ideal group size for the experience is 2, we can accommodate family groups of 4 or larger groups in split sessions – please call us on 01229 466086 if your group size is not available online. You can book the Red Panda experience for yourself or as a gift, those booking as a gift can opt to receive a Red Panda Experience gift pack which includes an experience gift certificate, Red Panda Keyring or Magnet and Red Panda Cuddly for an additional £20.

Humboldt Penguin Experience

Do you want to learn more about your favourite flappy friends? Who best to learn from than their carers themselves…

Join our friendly, knowledgeable penguin keepers for this hands-on experience: Gain an insight into care and meet our resident webbed guys and gals up close and personal as you learn about how we maintain the best standards of health and welfare. Learn about the diets helping keep them in tip-top condition as you help the keeper with the feeding regime and the varying personalities of the members of our resident “waddle”. Find out how we keep them entertained, interested and alert with enrichment programs which mimic their natural habitats and see first-hand how we keep their enclosure in pristine condition.

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Come Hang with Stanley

Join our Sloth Keeper and prepare to meet Stanley face to face in his new cozy home in our Tropical House.  Visit the animal kitchen and help to prepare Stan’s favourite, vet approved snacks, chat to Stan’s human friend to learn all about his likes, dislikes and funky habits. You may even get the opportunity to hand feed Stan.

Participants must be aged 7 years or more and children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Experiences are limited to one per day with a maximum group size of 4.

Kordofan & Rothschild Giraffe Experience

Do you want to learn more about your favourite leggy friends? Gain an insight into care and meet our resident tall guys and gals up close and personal as you learn about how we maintain the best standards of health and welfare. Learn about the diets helping keep them in tip-top condition as you help the keeper with the feeding regime and the varying personalities of the members of our resident “tower”. Find out how we keep them entertained, interested and alert with enrichment programs which mimic their natural habitats.


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White Rhino Experience

Calling all Rhino lovers! Do you want to learn more about your favourite chunky friends? Who best to learn from than the keepers?

Gain an insight into care and meet our resident horned guys and gals up close and personal as you learn about how we maintain the best standards of health and welfare. Learn about the diets helping keep them in tip-top condition as you help the keeper with the feeding regime and the varying personalities of the members of our resident “crash”. Find out how we keep them entertained, interested and alert with enrichment programs that mimic their natural habitats.

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Zebra Experience

Calling all Zebra lovers! Do you want to learn more about your favourite Stripey friends? Who best to learn from than the keepers theirselves…

Gain an insight into care and meet our striped guys and gals up close and personal as you learn about how we maintain the best standards of health and welfare. Learn about the diets helping keep them in tip-top condition as you help the keeper with the feeding regime and the varying personalities of the members of our resident Dazzle.


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Primate Experience

Do you love monkeys? Check out our Primate Experience to learn more about how our relatives in the animal kingdom live. Our highly trained keepers will give you a fantastic personal introduction to our primate friends.

Gain an insight into care and meet primates up close and personal, as you learn about how we maintain the best standards of health and welfare. Learn about the diets helping keep them in tip-top condition as you help the keeper with the feeding regime and the varying personalities of the members..

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Hand Feed Arctic Wolves

Come meet our resident Arctic Wolf Pack Snout to Face in this interactive meet, greet and feed session!

After an introductory briefing & talk with our experienced and knowledgeable Carnivore Keeper, you will accompany the keeper to Perimeter of the Arctic Wolf enclosure to meet the Wolves where you’ll have the opportunity to take photos and have an opportunity to hand feed! The offer includes Entry to the park for the day,

Participants must be aged 7 years and over.  Children aged under 16 years must be accompanied by a paying adult.


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Lemur Experience

Calling all Lemur lovers! Do you want to learn more about your striped long tailed buddies?

Gain an insight into care and meet our striped Lemurs close and personal as you learn about how we maintain the best standards of health and welfare. Learn about the diets helping keep them in tip-top condition as you help the keeper with the feeding regime and the varying personalities of the members of our residents.

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