Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Established for over 25 years, the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis hosts an incredible collection of insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Perfect for families, the zoo is an all-weather attraction combining lush tropical halls and outdoor animal areas. Explore our evolutionary journey spanning over 300,000,000 years. The on site 'Wild Cafe' is open every day from 10am-4pm. No zoo entry is required to visit the cafe. Last entry for the zoo is 4:00pm. We are open every day except Christmas and Boxing Day.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Meets animal welfare guidelines
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  • Julianne D
    Eyemouth, United Kingdom104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this animal oasis
    Absolutely fantastic animal park. Well worth the admission. They have a fantastic array of birds and animals and the meet and greets are great (we got to meet a snake) and timed it right for a couple of keeper talks. Finally came across some Scottish wildcats that we actually seen - and 2 of them!! The animals enclosures are a a great size and look well maintained. The staff really love the animals and are so friendly & knowledgeable. Nothing was too much trouble. If you're visiting the area highly recommend a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 2023
  • ParkersDerby
    54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cracking little find, fab animal experience
    Excellent place to visit, not too expensive with indoor and outdoor enclosures for the animals. All enclosures were clean and the animals had lots of room. Variety of animals to see including meetkats, lemurs, fossa, Scottish wildcats, snow leopards, wallabies as well as tarantulas, colony of ants, fruit bats, snakes, butterflies, monkeys and so much more. We had a carnivore experience where we fed the meerkats, fossa and the snow leopards. An amazing experience and part of the experience we were also given lunch with choices from their usual mention which including sandwiches, toasties, jacket potatoes, burgers and basket meals. In their shop they have some lovely gifts and they are also take part in breeding programmes with having a huge success in the previous years breeding 3 snow leopard cubs. I would definitely recommend this attraction even if you are not taking part in an experience there is so much to see and at a very low priced entrance fee.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Tracy
    Tipperary, Ireland17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful visit
    This was so good. We stumbled onto this wonderful and unique little animal oasis on our way back from a holiday in the lakes and were so happy we did. The staff were so nice and full of information, the animals are kept very well with conservation the main goal and the facilities though simple, are ideal when compared to other overpriced, over marketed zoos etc. The whole family absolutely loved it.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • MPM
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good little place to visit with the kids.
    Little zoo located south Cumbria, we visited here on our way into the Lake District and was quite pleasantly surprised. The kids loved it and so did we, definitely worth the low price! Facilities on site to have a picnic or cafe ti buy some food. There was also a gift shop but we found it to be preset steep on price (£16.50 for a small teddy) I guess most of them are though. Would recommend
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Hannah R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great birthday party!
    Booked for our daughter’s 7th birthday for a meet the meerkat experience. Was brilliant and well run- they got a full hour in the zoo, got to handle bugs, lizards and snakes in the classroom before giving the meerkats lunch and having them climb all over them! Food and spread was great and party area was good, all very reasonable for what you got!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Ian P
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Important zoo doing important work
    Have visited before in recent years and have always enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and rustic appeal. Zoo is built natural into woodland which gives it a wild feel, planned well to generate a unique feeling with environments designed to accommodate individual welfare. Inside area has great interpretation and is designed to take the visitor on a journey through the timeline of the earth and is interactive and well written . Indoor environments are presented with living foliage which makes it a natural for the species on show. Educational without being boring and a strong conservation message without the lecture, there’s so much here for the experienced zoo visitor as well as young families on a day out. The staff are friendly and enthusiastic to engage and rightfully proud to work there. Small cafe is basic but offer the essentials to enjoy a meal in a friendly and clean area. The more I visit this zoo the more I like it. It has jewels in the collection such as snow leopards, fossa’s and Scottish wildcats, they alone are worth the entrance to any zoo and there are a lot of bonuses. look forward to my our next visit..
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Ruth Pearson
    Workington, United Kingdom131 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A visit to a small oasis
    Decided to visit this little oasis as we have never been and to be honest we didn’t know it existed. But it was worth the admission price. Nicely set out in a rustic way in the trees. There isn’t a large number of animals but what they have were lovely to see. The snow leopard was beautiful, the meerkats were very playful and inquisitive. We had lunch in the cafe, the food was ok not fantastic.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
  • Philipa T
    London, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A little gem of a place
    What a lovely place to visit, we were a group of 3 adults and 1 child (11). We loved the snow leopards and even more so that one was on top of the tunnel when we went through. Amazing to get so close to them, close enough to compare hand size to paw size. The fossa was fascinating, none of us had seen one before. We were very lucky to get to talk to one of the keepers who had just fed the fossa and then told us she was heading round to feed other animals so we became her shadow - she was so informative and knowledgeable, we were really impressed. The harvest mice were just so sweet all bundled into their house together. And then onto inside with the fruit bats hanging around, the leaf cutter ants were fascinating, just so much to see. We spent a good 4-5 hours there including quite a lot of time on the snow leapards and the fossa but there was also Scottish wildcats, lemurs, meerkats, dik diks and so many more. Cafe did rather good cakes, we did take a picnic lunch and really appreciated the covered area outside as it did rain a couple of time. Overall a really lovely place to visit and plenty big enough to keep you interested but not be overwhelmed at the size.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Jean R
    Kendal, United Kingdom108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terrific visit
    It's a few years since we last came, but the number of "exhibits" (if one dare call them that) has been expanded and improved, and the display boards improved too. Our teenage girls loved the axolotl and the meerkats, and I was amused by the cute little garden eels, which seemed to be looking straight at me. It was a rainy, cool day so some of the more exotic animals were sulking in their homes, but there was enough to see, and we enjoyed our two-hour visit. I could have watched the leafcutter ants all day! A lot of good work is being done here.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 27, 2023
  • Linda H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always an enjoyable experience
    I love this place and have an annual pass. When my friend, who lives in Edinburgh, comes to see me, we always make time to visit and always thoroughly enjoy it. Over the last 8 years, that I have been going, I’ve seen lots of improvements in enclosures, as they have the finances to do it. The staff are friendly and happy to tell you more about all the animals, who they obviously really care about. The animals are well looked after and the park is involved in several breeding programmes. Good little cafeteria and shop.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 25, 2023
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Janette J
Lancaster, UK29 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
A part of the park was flooded and inaccessible, but we had recently had a storm, however no apparent attempt to rectify was visible. Unable to take pushchairs into the Lemur enclosure so consider if you have little people with you which we did. The cafe is not great, the children left a fair amount and it is the cooking and quality that let it down. A small animal park that passes a couple of hours but not the all weather venue it claims to be for active 6 year olds. Admission prices are fair for the size of the park however we knew the animals were due to he fed as they were all pacing and a few were on their own and clearly unhappy. This was a bit of a dampener to the day for the little boy we had with us who was bothered why the animals had no friend to play with. We have been now but not in a rush to go back.
Written March 12, 2020
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Hi Janette - we're sorry to hear that you did not have an enjoyable time at the park. We have made a considerable amount of changes and developments throughout our period of closure and we hope that if you do choose to visit us again in the future you will see these changes.
Written August 12, 2020
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Jess
Dereham, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is a small but absolutely delightful little zoo.

Me (29) and dad (55) went and have left overjoyed that we chose this one and not one of the bigger zoos.

Its got quite a lot of inside creatures, and while there is a one way system in place - it definitely makes sense. The outside area is really lovely, the animals are clearly well cared for, and the enclosures look like a great place for them.

The little cafe there was very reasonably priced, and both me and dad really enjoyed our food (he had a cheeseburger and chips and I had the halloumi and chips both) we also treated ourselves to what I believe is homemade cake - and it was lovely.

I saw lots of animals that I'd not actually seen before, ones that aren't shown at bigger zoos, but actually, they were so sweet.

This place would be just as great a day out for a young family as it was for us. And dads returning in a couple of months with my stepmum. I'm already thinking of inviting the boyfriend and his little boy to visit with me again in the future.
Written October 1, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to review us - we appreciate your positive comments and we look forward to seeing both you and your father (plus guests!) soon.
Written October 7, 2020
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Bexs91
Swadlincote, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Visited the zoo for the the carnivore experience that we had pre booked. We had a guide called Naomi who was very friendly and knowledgable. We never felt rushed at any time and got the full experience with each of the animal encounters. We were able to feed the lemurs, fossa, snow leopards and meerkats. All the animals looked very maintained and cared for. We left the zoo feeling very lucky to be able to meet all of the animals for the price we paid. We worked out if we had gone to one of the major zoos we would of paid around £400/£500 more to experience what we did at Lakeland. Thanks again to Naomi who ensured we had a lovely afternoon :)
Written June 15, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review us - we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience and your positive comments have been passed onto Naomi!
Written June 19, 2021
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Sharon L
Accrington, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We found this great little place after literally 'googling' animal attractions in the north west. We'd visited practically everywhere else so thought we'd give this a try. It's fab!
It's only a minute or two from the motorway and had lots of animals and other more exotic species that we had not seen anywhere else. We had booked online as expected these days and felt very safe following the one way route around the site. This helped in being able to see all the animals through the indoor section with birds, bats, insects and other creatures, including the amazing brightly coloured frogs through to the outdoor section with all the animals outside. The whole experience was brill. The baby meerkats were adorable, the snow leopards were stunning and the lemurs were comical. But best of all was Tank the armadillo who gave us a real show digging, climbing and falling over himself. We watched him for ages, literally laughing out loud. Having been round the one way system once we went round again after dinner at the cafe which was also good. Well done to all involved. The cleanliness of the site was impressive, from toilets to the walk ways. Numerous hand sanitiser points, masks through the indoor section and the one way system which had been well considered. The animals looked well cared for, some even wandering free, and staff were busy tidying paths and enclosures through out the day, Well worth a visit. Loved it!
Written August 27, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave such a detailed review! We're happy to see that our COVID-safe measures were well appreciated. We're also happy to see that you enjoyed our diverse animal collection! We hope to see you again soon!
Written October 7, 2020
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Ruthydee
Leeds, United Kingdom8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We brought our 3 year old here during a stay in the lake district. The covid restrictions meant the indoor areas were closed so the tickets were reduced and I have to say I was pleased enough with the outdoor areas, all the animals looked really well cared for and were in interesting habitats, there were nice additions for kids like the viewing bubble and sandpit next to the meerkats and the tunnel under the snow leopard. We were all really happy we'd decided to go and would recommend to other people with young children.
Written May 25, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review us! We appreciate your positive comments and look forward to (hopefully) seeing you again in the future.
Written June 19, 2021
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Lynn H
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We have had such a lovely day here today. We had booked an experience day (before COVID) to feed the Snow Leopards, and took advantage of the nice weather to redeem this voucher.
I cannot praise this little zoo enough. It has a wonderful layout, and the animals are easily accessible...you can be guaranteed to see them all. All laid out very carefully to ensure everyone’s safety with plenty of hand sanitisers and clear arrows for a one way system.
The day was made extra special by the very knowledgeable keeper Ryan, who was obviously very passionate about the animals in his care. We fed the fossa, the meerkats and of course the beautiful pair of snow leopards. He told us that the meerkats are about to get an upgraded compound within the next few weeks too.
Our lunch was also included, and although a much reduced menu, what was on offer was excellent.
Thank you for a lovely day and a lasting memory of being up close to such gorgeous animals.
We will be back!
Written September 18, 2020
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Hi Lynn - thank you for such a lovely review! We're happy to see you enjoyed your experience, and your positive comments have been passed onto Ryan! We look forward to seeing you again!
Written October 7, 2020
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Shuttereye
Preston, UK27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Set just off the A6 south of Milnthorpe, this zoo may be described as compact and bijou. Its facilities include a heated indoor area where birds and bats are free to fly around as well as cages, an aquarium which, at the time of visit, was undergoing refurbishment and also in the main building is both a shop and a cafe (more on the latter later). Various outdoor enclosures containing a compact range of birds and mammals ar to be found to the south of the main building. Free car park is also to be found. The animals appeared to be healthy and indeed you may well find some of the birds literally at your feet as you walk along the paths or in the enclosures, some of which e.g. lemurs you can get up close and personal to. There are plenty of sanitisation facilities dotted around the zoo. If you use the cafe, go into the conservatory part where you will find birds looking at you as you eat! One critricism that I had of the cafe was its description in the menu of 'salad' when I would ha\ve used the term salad GARNISH as it consisted of 1 slice each of a tomato and cucumber, two slivers in total of a yellow and an orange pepper, a few bits of chopped up lettuce and a small plastic container of mayonnaise/salad cream and working out at £1.15 just for that. The multi-tasking staff were both friendly and helpful.
Written February 13, 2020
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave such an in-depth review! Your comments will be passed onto the team here at the zoo!
Written February 14, 2020
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bluetoffee2
Liverpool, England2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Lovely little zoo. Very good for little ones and has some rare species you don't see in larger zoos. Great for a stop off and has a good cafe! Staff are always helpful and the animal encounters are the best value of any zoo
Written July 5, 2021
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bluedragonfly83
Kendal, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Our 19 month old was fascinated by the ants, fishes, free running birds and wallabies. Snow leopard looked content. Place has been adjusted to be covid safe and definitely feels that way. One way system is efficient but still allows you go round as many times as you want to. Lots of hand sanitisers everywhere and hand washing station also available. Staff was very helpful with arranging our last minute booking when website crashed for payments. Highly recommend a visit!
Written July 26, 2020
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Thank you for reviewing us - we're happy to see that our efforts in making the site COVID safe were apparent - and that our hard working staff were able to help too! We hope to see you again soon!
Written August 12, 2020
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Lin35S
Oxford, UK15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We have visited the Oasis several times over the last ten years, and enjoyed it. However, what really disappointed us recently was the enclosure for the Black Curassows. They are behind glass, which looks into both the tamarin enclosure on one side, and onto the picnic area on the other.
My concern is that they seem very very bored in their tiny enclosure. I realise that they have an area next to it for (presumably) feeding and bedding, but they just wandered around and around, up and down - as I recall, this is the typical behaviour of an animal that needs enrichment in their enclosure.
Whilst we were eating our picnic, the poor things were pecking at the glass to get our food. We didn't mind their presence, but it was clear that having to watch us eat was disturbing them.
If it hadn't been that we were with our grandson and relatives, I would have asked to speak to the manager.
Written January 29, 2020
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Hello, I'm sorry to hear that you had a negative experience at the park. Our pair of black curassow have access to the full outside tamarin enclosure, and therefore do have a much larger usable space. However on colder days they choose to stay inside in the glass conservatory. Both birds were partially hand raised prior to arriving at the park and therefore seem to have a keen interest in people. We are aware that they do peck at the glass, especially when theres something interesting to them on the other side. Similarly, when keepers work in the enclosure, they like to peck at shoelaces and zippers. We are attempting to discourage this behaviour
Written January 30, 2020
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