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Safari Zoo

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Address: South Lodge Broughton Road, Dalton-in-Furness LA15 8JR, England
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+44 1229 466086
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Explore, Discover, Adventure, South Lakes Safari Zoo.

From the Swahili word...

Explore, Discover, Adventure, South Lakes Safari Zoo.

From the Swahili word meaning journey or expedition SAFARI ZOO is a unique journey into the animal kingdom. Come face to face with and discover Rhinos, Lions, Tigers, Bears, Hippos, Wolves, Snow leopards, Jaguar, Giant otters, Primates, Vultures, Penguins and much, much more at the UK's most interactive animal park and Europe’s only Safari Zoo..

You’ll have a fantastic adventure immersed with some of the rarest wildest animals on the planet.

HEAR. TOUCH. SMELL. SEE feed your senses and the animals too - Hand feed giraffes every day, walk in amongst and hand feed penguins; wander amongst and discover kangaroo, lemurs, monkeys, free flying birds – including (for the brave) vultures and condors all living wild in the park.

Daily interactive animal keeper led talks and animal feedings.

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Penguin feeding with Laura

I would like to say what a pleasure it was to meet Laura at penguin feeding time today. Laura very kindly invited my daughter to help her feed the penguins that were sitting in... read more

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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Penrith, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I would like to say what a pleasure it was to meet Laura at penguin feeding time today. Laura very kindly invited my daughter to help her feed the penguins that were sitting in the nesting boxes. My daughter was highly delighted at this and spent what seemed like ages chatting to Laura who was very attentative and willing to... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited a couple of years back and was impressed then. A little concerned due to the recent bad press but need not have been. Due to the bad press admission was free which was fantastic of course but the Zoo for me has improved on what was a great zoo a few years ago to even better now. You can... More 

Thank David W
Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fab day out here today. Really impressed and was better than we all thought after all the bad press. Hadn't been for a few years and there was definitely some good improvements and changes. Spent hours here leisurely wandering around in the sun! Animals were brill and the kids fed the giraffes and lemurs. Free to get in and just... More 

Thank susanne b
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You can tell this zoo needs a bit of work as some of the older enclosures were either closed or getting renovated! I'd advise getting a map as there are sign posts but I went around in circles a bit! Was super busy but still plenty of space for the pushchair. Also take a picnic loads of areas to watch... More 

Thank lunchmanager
Northwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have visited the zoo every year due to having a caravan in the lakes and it's always been a good day out with the children. They have made some improvement to the park from our last visit. It was also a donation entry fee too. We seen the baby giraffe which was £1 entry and they were located at... More 

Thank Sherryl S
Greenfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Booked to visit here prior to the nonsense written in the press, we booked to have a animal experience with the giraffes and the primates. On arrival the receptionist Diane was great and she asked if we would also like to feed the tigers ... who wouldn't? All the keepers who took us on the experiences were well informed on... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Despite the recent bad press coverage and the potential closure of this Safari Zoo I decided to see for myself what all the fuss is about, and I am delighted to say my family and I had a wonderful time, the staff were extremely helpful and clearly enjoy looking after the animals, (just a shame about ignorant visitors who insist... More 

1 Thank Barney D
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited with our grandchild we were unsure what to expect. However we were pleasantly surprised by recent changes. All the animals we saw seemed well looked after . The whole place was refreshed with pleasant staff and an additional play area was a bonus after exploring the zoo. We travelled 70 miles for our visit so free entry was welcome.... More 

Thank gill w
Skelmersdale, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My husband visited with our children 3 & 8 whilst I was at work. They could not stop talking about what a fantastic day they had. So we decided to go back at the weekend. Free entry is always a bonus. However not that expensive if you have to pay. I think the sign said £16.50 for adults and children... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Was a little apprehensive to visit following all the bad press but i had read the most recent inspection report which detailed all the improvements that have been made. Well worth a visit. The animals looked healthy and were well cared for. I love that you can walk through the animals and see them close by. The tigers and lions... More 

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