Zoo Opening Times and Contact Details

April to October 2019
10:00AM to 5.00PM 7 days a week

November 2019 to March 2020
10:30AM to 4.00PM 7 days a week

Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day


(+44) 01229 466086

Zoo Admission Prices

16th February to 31st March 2019
On the Door: Adults £12.50, children £7.50

1st April to 31st October 2019
On the Door: Adults £16.50, children £12.25
Online: Adults £13.20, children £9.80

Eat, Drink & Play

Take a break from exploring and drop into our Maki Café for a delicious bite to eat, or grab a snack from Savanna’s Take Away while your children enjoy the huge adventure playground.

During peak months a refreshment kiosk serving ice creams, cold drinks, hot dogs and snacks is situated by the primate house and an Ice cream kiosk serving ice creams is situated on the outside of the restaurant.

Picnics and other food and drink cannot be brought into the zoo but visitors can exit to the car park at any time to have picnics.

Feeding and talk times

  • 11am: Meet the Africa Keepers & Giraffe Brunch – Meet the Keeper at our African Savannah (or in the Africa House Weather depending) to become acquainted with the residents of our Africa section: Zebra Ladies Banzai & Pippie and baby Dooma, Wildebeest Harry, William and George & White Rhino Muzungu, Huubke, Ntombi, Spud, Zuki and Zahra. Our Giraffe gals Eloise, Gaya, Eller, Bonamanzi & Katoumi love a tasty carrot or 2, you won’t be able to resist a flutter from those amazing eyelashes! Join in for just £5 and make some memories today.

  • 11:20am: Breakfast with Bears – Hailing from Peru, Snoopy, Mona and Zippy are our very own Paddingtons! Join our keepers this morning to watch the Andean Bears enjoy their Breakfast and learn more about Chapparri Ecological Reserve who are working to help conserve these beautiful creatures on their homeland.

  • 11:45am: Arctic Wolf Talk & Big Cat Feed – Normally found in the Arctic regions of North America and Greenland, Head to carnivore County for an encounter with our Arctic Wolves, followed by Big Cat Feed (see the schedule for today’s Big Cat Feed)

  • 12pm: Macaw Feed – Head on up to the Tambopata Aviary for the show stopping Macaw feed with our bird keepers

  • 12:30pm: Saving the Chubby Unicorns – some say Unicorns once existed, hunted to  extinction for their horns which were rumoured to common minor ailments. A unicorns horn (Alicorn) could sell for 10 times its weight in gold. Whether real or figments of our imagination, Rhinos are very real and are facing extinction right now! Come join our Africa keepers, meet the crash and find out how Safari Zoo’s very own adoptee Arthur and his Safari Zoo based army are helping to conserve this amazing species.

  • 12:45pm: A South American Tale Right Here at Safari Zoo –  Otters, Maned Wolves & Tapirs – listen to the amazing sound of Giant Otters  Carlos and Tupi Singing (or more accurately yelling) for their supper, marvel at the catching skills of manned wolves Danna and Kiara and say hello Tapir Kaya!

  • 1pm onwards: Hand feed one of the resident big cats! See the schedule or ask a member of staff which cat features during your visit. £15 per person

  • 2pm: Giraffe Talk and Hand Feed – Kordofan Giraffes like Eloise, gaya, Eller, Bonamanzi and Katoumi has been recently declared endangered, find out more about their plight and how these long legged beauties are dependent on the survival of the teeny tiny bee! Our Giraffe Gals love a tasty carrot or 2, and you won’t be able to resist a flutter from those amazing eyelashes! Join in for just £3 per person and make some memories today.

  • 2pm: Lunch with Lemurs – Found usually only on the island of Madagascar, 4 species of lemur call Safari Zoo home! Who will join Max, Tyrion, April and friends for lunch today? Join in for just £5 per person and feel free to bring a friend.

  • 3:00pm: There’s a Penguin Party at Humbolt Haven and you’re all invited, but show some etiquette and don’t come empty handed! Join in with the feeding for just £5 today!

  • 3:30pm: Big Cat Feeding – Watch them climb the 20ft poles, whilst amazing, it is not done for our entertainment. Also learn how some of your treats are threatening the survival of big cats and their fellow forest dwellers.

  • 4pm: Red Panda High Tea – Safari Zoo Sweethearts Tink and Pan cordially invite you to join them for their high tea at the Red Panda residence.

  • 4:15pm: Supper with the Giraffe Gals – Our Giraffe gals love a tasty carrot or 2, and you won’t be able to resist a flutter from those amazing eyelashes! Join in for just £5 per person and feel free to bring a friend.

Finding South Lakes Safari Zoo

Safari Zoo, Melton Terrace, Lindal-in-Furness, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0LU

For Sat Nav directions please ONLY use Postcode LA12 0LU

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Driving to the Zoo & Parking

For Sat Nav directions please ONLY use Postcode LA12 0LU 

Searching for South Lakes Safari Zoo / South Lakes Wild Animal Park in mapping apps may take you to our staff only entrance.

Coming from the M6, Follow the brown zoo signs (look out for the elephant) along the A590 & turn at the sign for Marton.

Zoo sign

Do not continue into Dalton-in-Furness.

Parking is FREE for all visitors. Coach parking available for group bookings.

Bus travel in Cumbria

Bus – Stagecoach – X6 / 6
Public transport from Barrow-in-Furness, Ulverston, Dalton-in-Furness Train Station or Kendal.

The X6 & 6 both stop at our new entrance bus stop Melton Top – Lindal-in-Furness. You will see a pedestrian path from the bus stop which takes you right to our park entrance.

There are usually 4 buses each hour. A full timetable is available HERE 

Train travel in Cumbria

The nearest railway stations are Dalton-in-Furness (DLT) and Barrow-in-Furness (BIF).

Barrow-in-Furness is a short taxi ride from the Zoo.

Dalton-in-Furness is the nearest station and also a short taxi ride away.

A bus service can be taken from Dalton station to the zoo.

Useful information for your zoo visit

  • As an animal attraction for the family & kids, the safari zoo is wheelchair accessible. Some newly added additional pathways to features are currently gravel based but there are alternative tarmac routes to their destinations. Please ask a member of staff for route advice if you have any concerns.

  • Unfortunately we do not have facilities available for wheelchair or mobility scooter hire.
  • We ask that guests refrain from smoking (including E-Cigarettes) in the zoo.

  • No Dogs allowed in the park. A 4 minute drive from Safari Zoo is Crossgates Kennel – contact them on 01229 463435
  • No unattended children in the park. (Proof of age may be asked for younger visitors)

  • Please use the recycling points around the park for the safety of the parks animals and interest of the Lake District’s environment.

  • Visitors must follow the interactive feeding safety advice signage. Full Health & Safety Rules.
  • Safari Zoo reserve the right to make changes to programmes, events and schedules without prior notice.

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Pre-book hand feeding experiences and animal encounters before your visit.

Read more here about wristbands for Lemur, Giraffe and Penguin animal feeding experiences and how to book VIP family animal encounters and big cat hand feeding experiences