With so much to do and over 1,000 animals to meet, Cumbria’s South Lakes Safari Zoo is a BIG day out for all the family. Let’s start by introducing the BIG 5 animals. The five beautiful creatures that zoo visitors young and old always love to see.


Meet our beautiful pride of African lions. Did you know a lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away?

Big cat

Big Cats

Grace, strength, beauty, powerful, agile. Big cats are skilled hunters who rely on stealth, camouflage and lightning-speed reactions.


Watch our Big Cats hunt for their lunch at 3.00pm every day. Arrive at the cat enclosure early to get the best view.

Meet all our animals

Watch big cats including tigers, lions, and jaguars hunt for their lunch. Walk and interact, with free roaming kangaroos, lemurs, squirrel monkeys and tamarins. Bravely venture where condors and vultures fly free. Hand feed giraffes, penguins, and camels every day. Explore our animal kingdom and learn about protecting wildlife and the environment at South Lakes Safari Zoo.


Join the zookeepers in hand feeding penguins, giraffes and lemurs every day for just £5 per person, per feed.  Check the daily schedule for today’s talk and feeding times.

Andean Bear 1

Large mammals

Warm-blooded vertebrates distinguished by the possession of hair or fur, females that secrete milk for the nourishment of the young, and (typically) the birth of live young. Our large mammals include rhino, hippo and giraffes.


Meet our white rhinos. The largest rhinos in the world and the second largest land mammals.

Other mammals

More warm-blooded vertebrates. Our mammals include reindeer, sloths and bats.

Grant's Zebra

Adopt an animal


Why not adopt your favourite animal today? Chose any animal in the park and whilst we can’t let you take them home, you’ll get lots of great things throughout the year to remind you of your friendship.

Parrots, vultures and condors

Birds are warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate animals distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, a beak, and typically by being able to fly. Our parrots, vultures and condors are a majestic spectacle to behold.



Penguin talk and feeding session every day at 3.00pm. £5 per person. A keeper will meet you at the Penguin enclosure.  Pay keepers at the feeding session to feed a Penguin.

Chilean Flamingo

Other birds

Our birds include everything from ducks to flamboyant flamingos.

Kangaroos and Wallabies

A group of large plant-eating marsupials of Australia and Tanzania, having powerful hind legs for jumping and a long, heavy tail used for balance.


Reptiles and more

Around the zoo, you may see several species of tortoise. We also have three snake species: boa constrictors, a burmese python and a yellow anaconda.

Boa constrictor
Columbian spider monkey


The primates are a group of mammals that includes some of the most intelligent animals. The major kinds of primates are humans, apes, monkeys, tarsiers, lemurs, and lorises. There are more than 300 species, or types, of primate. Our primates include spider monkeys, baboons and tamarins.

location map

Plan your visit to the zoo

Opening times, prices, travel guides and other useful info to help you plan your visit