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VIP Animal Experiences

Do you love sloths, what’s your mums favorite animal? need a gift for someone who is obsessed with giraffes?  Why not adopt them an animal.  All the animals in the park and whilst w cannot let you take them home we hope you will feel a close involvement with your chosen animal.  You may choose any animal we currently have in the park. Visit the animals section for full listings.

Standard adoption pack £13.50

An adoption folder including:

  • A colour certificate of your chosen animal A welcome letter A factsheet on your chosen animal A window sticker
  • Your name will appear on our Roll of Honour which is put up in the park and on our website the 1st Monday of every month
  • Regular updates throughout the year
  • A free ticket to an ‘adopters event’ at south lakes wild animal park, with the chance to meet animal carers and get involved in animal activities.

Gift Boxed Adoption Pack £25.00

Currently available for Ring tailed lemurs, Jaguars, Tigers, Penguins, Giraffes & Two Toed Sloth, other animals may be available upon request.

Includes all of the standard pack  plus: in a gift presentation box with a large cuddly toy of the chosen animal.

Join our Animal Carers and become a Junior Zoo Keeper for the day

7-15 year olds experience one of the most exciting careers in the world as you roll up your sleeves, wack on your wellies and spend the morning shadowing one of our highly trained and friendly animal carers.

Your day will start bright and early at 8:45AM and finish approximately 1:30PM.

What will you do?

£65.00 per child.  Morning drink with snack,  is included in the price as well as a junior keeper T-shirt to keep as a memento of your day.


You will accompany one of our keepers for a behind the scenes tour of the park getting up close and personal to our monkeys, giraffes,penguins.. and more….  Prepare to get mucky as you help muck out (Hold your nose we’re going in!) and prepare dinner for some of  animals and get ready to ask lots of questions as you spend the morning with one of our animal experts.


For the parents

Children are supervised at ALL TIMES by one of our highly trained animal carers.   This is a group experience with a maximum of 5 places per day. A parent/ guardian must sign a disclaimer at the beginning of the day and they must leave and emergency contact number before they go.

Please NOTE due to the nature of the experience all special needs and  medical issues must be declared at time of booking.  Regrettably certain guests will be unable to take part including people with relevant phobias or known allergies and immunocompromised individuals.

Whilst every effort is made to accommodate those with a disability or learning difficulty, due to practicality and health and safety this cannot always be achieved; please contact the park for advice before purchasing.

In the event of a child misbehaving or creating difficulties or health and safety issues within the group the keeper in charge on the day has the right to withdraw that child.  Parents/Adults will be contacted and the experience halted with no refunds given.

All family members can visit the Park on the day however they must pay our admission prices to enter – our normal opening time is 10:00AM. The Junior Keeper experience finish at 1:30PM and your information documents will let you know where you need to pick up your Junior Keepers.

To be eligible for this you must be between the ages of7 & 15 years old.

Buy a Junior keeper online

Join our animal carers and become a zoo keeper for the day!

Experience one of the most exciting careers in the world as you roll up your sleeves, whack on your wellies and spend the day shadowing one of our highly trained animal carers.During your day as a keeper you will be assigned to one section and will spend your day helping with food preparation, feeding, cleaning out and anything else that might happen!

It’s a one to one experience of a lifetime!

What animals will I work with

As keeper for  the day the choice is yours – choose the animal you would most like to work with and we will  assign you to the relevant section:  “Bear “ in mind you will work with a selection of animals throughout your day not just your chosen one!

Animals to choose from include:  Rhinos, Giraffes, Baboons , Porcupines,   Andean Bears, Tapirs, Otters, Hippos & Babirusa, all the primates, Bats and Tortoise  as well as  the big cats, 8 Lemur Species, Tamarins, Marmosets, our large collection of Kangaroos &  Wallabies,  Vultures, Condors, Penguins, Macaws, Spoonbills, Waterfowl, Storks and Ibis.

What hours will I work?

The day will start at 8:30 when following a safety briefing you will be met by your “keeper for the day” and will finish (animals permitting!) at 17.30. (17.00 in winter)

 “Keepering” is a mucky job so be warned you will be expected to “muck in”, so wear suitable clothing and footwear.  Safety Wellington Boots are available for loan however we must have your request and shoe size in advance!


£125.00. Morning drink with snack, lunch, and afternoon drink is included in the price and at the end of the day you will receive a memento of your day.

Book a Keeper for a Day online now

Family Animal Encounters

Do you love monkeys? what’s your mums favourite animal? need a gift for someone who is obsessed with giraffes?  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to join our keepers on a behind the scenes personal encounter with an animal or group of animals of your choice you’ll never forget.


How long will the experience last and what will happen?

Your family animal experience should last around 20 minutes. Every animal and every day working with animals is different but you will get a fantastic  up close personal introduction from our highly trained keepers.

This fantastic experience includes entry to South Lakes Safari Zoo, lunch plus an animal encounter for the whole family*.

Where do I meet my keeper?

Your tickets will tell you where and at what time to meet your keeper.

What time can I come into the park?

The park opens at 10am and you are welcome to come in any time after that.  Your experience starts at the time stated above, please be prompt to meet your keeper otherwise you may miss your experience. 

What about lunch?

Lunch is included for the family present the enclosed meal voucher at the till together with your drink choices whenever you are ready to eat. Adults  can choose from a large chip bap or Jacket Potatoe with 2 toppings; Children choose from Chicken nuggets or Hot dogs with chips beans or peas.) Hot drinks for adults, fruit shoots  or cartons of milkshake for children.


A 2 persons experience costs £85, for a family of 4 it is £105.


You’ll join one of our passionate expert big cat keepers for an unrivaled tour of South Lakes Safari Zoo’s big cat species. You’ll learn lots of new things about the world’s most endangered yet spectacular animals then get a truly memorable opportunity as you go behind the scenes in the big cat houses and hand feed 2 of them. Don’t forget your camera you’ll want our keeper to capture this moment for you. What’s included: [list] [list_item icon=”asterix”]Guided tour by an experienced animal carer of the big cats of South Lakes[/list_item] [list_item icon=”*”]Conservation talk on how Safari Zoo are working to protect big cats in the wild[/list_item] [list_item icon=”*”]Hand feed two of our big cat species (at least)[/list_item] [list_item icon=”*”]Experience gift pack including: o Souvenir T-shirt or cuddly o Guide book [/list_item] [list_item icon=”*”]Full days admission to South Lakes Safari Zoo[/list_item] [/list]

Plan for the Day

  • Meet your big cat ranger 5 minutes prior to your allotted time.
  • Following a welcome and Safety briefing your ranger will take you on a guided tour of South Lakes Safari Zoo big cat species.
  • After a visit to the “big cat kitchen” to chop your “nibbles” you’ll get to hand feed some of the big cats of South Lakes.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Packages includes admission, you are welcome to spend the whole day in the park.  Please check the web for opening times.

How it works

  • Buy your voucher now and call us Monday to Friday on 01229 466086 x0 to book your date.  This experience will be popular so phone as early as possible and ALWAYS prior to booking accommodation.
  • Suitable for 7 years and up.   15 year olds and under must be accompanied by an adult who will be required to purchase the experience.
  • Voucher is valid for 12 months from date of purchase.  No extensions will be possible due to the popularity.

Essential Information

A must for Big Cat lovers

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[separator headline=”h4″ title=”2014 it’s all about Rainforests”] At the junior keeper summer camp 7-13 year olds will have the have the chance to work with some of the rarest and wildest animals in the world as you become a Junior Keeper at SLWAP, the UK’s top conservation Park.    Experience one of the most exciting careers in the world as you roll up your sleeves, wack on your wellies and spend 1, 2, 3, 4, days or a week shadowing one of our highly trained and friendly animal carers. 18th August Day 1— Animal Bodies & Adaptations for life in a rainforest 19th August Day 2— Fur, feathers, scales or skin.. classifying rainforest animals 20th August Day 3— Evolution & The Tree of Life 21st August Day 4— Rainforests and other habitats 22nd August Day 5— How we can save Rainforests What will I do? These days are Hands-on, join-in, be-part-of-it fun day zoo keeper camps for children aged 7-13. You will join our keepers on a different animal adventure and get hands on to learn about the creatures you share the earth with. Every day there will be * Cleaning to do , * Animals to feed * Tours behind the scenes * Up close animal encounters * Hands on activities * Art and crafts. What shall I wear? You will be expected to muck in so wear clothing you won’t mind getting a bit dirty.  Bring trainers for your feet but also some sensible shoes, either walking boots or wellingtons for wet muddy jobs. Even though it is summer a raincoat and some warm layers. All materials for activities will be included. What time do I start? Each day starts at 9am and finishes at 3.  Your parents or adult will be able to collect you from the camp house. Cost? Cost £85 per day ; 2 days or 2 children on 1 day £155; or £250 per week. Snacks, lunch and materials needed for the activities are included.


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For all those who have adoption in the last 12 months, thank you very much!

BOOKING: online now or call us on 01229 466086 to check availability

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