We Need Your Help…..

On Wednesday 17th June Safari Zoo is reopening for the first time since Monday 23rd March 2020. For 86 days, while our doors were closed, a dedicated team remained in place to ensure the animals had the care and attention they both needed and deserved.

We are 100% self funded meaning we rely on our admission fees, cafes and gift shop income, our closure during the pandemic resulted in lost income whilst still incurring essential costs of animal food, veterinary fees, heating,  lighting and essential animal care staff.  Cumbria Zoo Company rent the land on which the Zoo stands, our rent is payable by the end of 2020.

Our Giraffes eat 2 bales of Lucerne each day, our rhinos munch through one quad bale of hay every 2 days.  Each and every furred, feathered, scaled and antennae’d resident at Safari Zoo enjoys a specialist, quality, diet, approved by consultant vets, as they should do, but it does come at a cost.

We will be eternally grateful to each and every person who supported us through our closure, and whilst we look forward to being open and returning to some form of normality, we once again look to our supporters for help.   We know these are uncertain times but any donation no matter how big or small will massively support the ongoing care of our residents and help us secure the future of the Zoo into 2021.

Check out the many ways YOU can help the furry, feathered, scaled and antennae’d residents by clicking on the images – from sponsoring a meal, e-dopting your favourite animal, buying a ticket to use later in the year or purchasing an animal encounter with a whopping 50% discount.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you all soon

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Our monthly food bill for meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, dry food (pellets), lucerne and hay and essential supplements alone is in the region of £15,000 which does not include vet treatment, medications or essentials such as straw and sawdust for animal bedding.

Each day we weigh and chop over 70kg of fresh fruit and vegetables.  From carrots to melon, apples, pears, papaya, mushrooms, leafy greens, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, mango, swede, grapes, watermelon, raspberries, blueberries, beetroot, aubergine, courgette, squash, spinach – the list is endless, nothing is off the menu!

Some animals, like baboons and bears, have spuds as part of their diets, but NEVER uncooked, so each morning we cook off 57 potatoes.  On Mondays and Thursdays our primates, tamarins and Raccoon enjoy boiled eggs, so on Sundays and Wednesdays we boil up 65 eggs!

Ring Tail lemurs munch their way through 9.7kg of fresh food daily.

Little cotton top and emperor tamarins have 840g of vegetables and 210g of diced fruit plus 200g of tamarin cake.  Nope, we don’t feed the tamarins fudge cake – this is a special mix of the nutrients wild tamarins would naturally find in insects, vegetation and tree sap that is delivered as a powder and mixed with water to bind into a ball of tamarin cake!

Maned Wolf Danna absolutely loves her 500g of fresh fruit at supper time.  She also enjoys rats and chicks once a week and a daily pellet and really loves the occasional avocado!

Andean Bears Mona and Zippy eat a protein rich pellet specially designed for Omnivores in addition to 4kg of fruit and veg – they love nothing more than the exotics like papaya or mango but give a paws down to peppers and banana!

Tapir Kaya has a nutritionally balanced, high fibre, low starch pellet formulated for browsing animals, and 5kg of fresh food which is mainly root vegetables like parsnips, carrots, swede and beetroot but she also goes wild for aubergines and courgettes!

Again we say a massive thank you to everyone who is helping us through this tough time 😊.

The support we are getting from everyone is overwhelming and we cannot thank you all enough for the kind donations, words and encouraging presence 🐾🐾

We are excited to announce that are 3 NEW and exciting ways you can support Safari Zoo through these challenging times.

1. Send us a Gift from our Main Food Supplier

Our main specialist animal food supplier, Kiezebrink, have launched a food gifting scheme as part of a Coronavirus Support Fund for Zoos. Here you are able to gift us via our food supplier – so basically your donation will help us purchase the animal food that we need to get through these tough times. Check out the foodstuffs your favourite residents munch through regularly opposite, and then follow the link to help our residents in this way.

Click here to gift us food from Kiezebrink

2. Gift us some Fruit and Veg, whilst buying local!

We have also linked up with Local Fruit and Veg supplier Laing’s Fruit and Vegetables who are taking orders for essential fruit and veg on our behalf – Laing’s can be contacted on 01229 839999

01229 839999

3. Fulfill our Wishes

Our Amazon Wish List includes animal food and care items which are invaluable in providing top notch care to keep our residents in tip-top condition.

Click here to visit our Amazon Wish List

Red Panda Encounter

Come meet Tink and Pan, everyone’s favourite Red Pandas, face-to-face in this interactive meet, greet and feed session!

Whats Included:

  • Entry to the park for the day
  • Introductory briefing & talk with our experienced and knowledgable Red Panda Keeper
  • Accompanying the keeper into the Red Panda enclosure to meet the Red Pandas where youll have the opportunity to take photos
  • Opportunity to hand feed!
  • Opportunity to ask questions throughout

Our Red Panda experience is extremely popular, with limited availability especially at weekends!  Please call us on 01229 466086 to reserve your place.

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

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Hang With Stan – Sloth Encounter

We have some really, really exciting news…Stanley, everyones favourite (yes, we are a little biased!) resident Two-Toed Sloth, is now receiving his very own visitors!

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

Photo opportunities are aplenty! See if you can capture the perfect Stan Selfie (dont forget to share with us!).

Participants must be aged 7 years or more, children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Places on the Hang with Stan Experience are EXTREMELY limited.  Please be sure to contact us before purchasing if you have a specific date in mind.  Priced at £50 per person, includes entry to the park for the rest of the day. A private meet with Stan can be booked – if you can’t get enough and want him all to yourself ! (private meets are for up to 4 persons).