An award winning zoo that allows you to get up close to a wide range of animals from across the world.
Located close to Dalton-in-Furness in the Lake District is South Lakes Safari Zoo, an award winning 51 acre zoo that is home to a large collection of animals from all over the world. The zoo has been award the Top Attraction for Excellent in the Lake District in 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2008 by the Cumbria Tourist Board.
One of its main features is that it is one of the few parks to allow primates to roam free with eight species of Lemurs wandering around the grounds as well as deer, emus, kangaroos and wallabies. The rest of the animal collection is wide ranging from lions, tigers, bears, rhinos, hippos, bats and wolves, to parrots, snakes, tortoises, penguins and condors.
Until recently, it was the only zoo in Britain to hold both Siberian tigers and Sumatran tigers, the largest and smallest species, and at one time had the largest collection of kangaroos outside of Australia.
South Lakes Safari Zoo is renowned as being one of the best conservation zoos in the country and raises money for numerous charities. It has successfully bred the endangered Sumatran tiger and in 2008 two rare white rhinos were born at the zoo. There is a large expansion plan currently underway that will bring African elephants to the zoo for the first time.
There is an on-site café, gifts shop, picnic area and adventure playground.