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“Very interesting”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Safari Zoo

Safari Zoo
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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“Very interesting”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

South lake's is an interesting zoo it goes against many recommendations that are set by legislation and therefore not a member of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoo's and Aquria).Though the zoo has some good points such as educating and raising awareness. But how educational can be mixing several different species from various continents be right? Mixing of vultures which eat meat with herbivores such as parrots? The risk of salmonella is high towards the parrots I am a bird keeper and know that you cannot mix the two for health reasons. There's reference to the council at fault, inparticular the Amur tiger sharing an enclosure with the African lions . Why get more species if they cannot be housed correctly same as for the snow leopard and the jaguars. Waiting untill a enclosure is built would be a logical option instead of placing blame. Animal collections aim to keep animals in natural conditions, how can be patting rhinos saying there your pet and are your childrens be right. In some respects it gives the wrong impression. These are just a few observations that were made. I wouldn't say it's really bad zoo but different . Aspects of the zoo may drastically improve when it is extended which will be very interesting to see.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Amazing day out!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

I have visited about 3 times now with my 12 year old daughter, she loves it and I do too! It is so much more interactive than other mainstream zoos, you get a lot closer to the animals.
There are opportunities to feed the lemurs, penguins, giraffes and many more, which you can't do in many places.
The cafe isn't brilliant so I would suggest to bring your own food but that is the only bad word I have to say about it.
The talks are very informative and the keepers are friendly and answer any questions.
I paid £60 each for my daughter and her friend to do the junior keeper day, it was an amazing experience for them and would definitely recommend. They got to handle and feed almost all the animals and had access to the park before opening hours so they could prepare food and also got to feed the animals later on.
This is a great day out and to take it further I would also highly recommend the junior keeper day! It is also free in winter but great value in the summer.

Visited October 2012
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good For A Free day out during Christmas”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

Free over xmas, Staff always friendly. Food IN THE RESTURANT SHOCKING, I orderd a Cheeseburger, it was a buger with a tiny bit of sald and 2 slices of plastic cheese, THE BURGER was COLD !!!! at lunchtime, 2nd Time This has happend now, Good for the kids tho. Id rather Visit Blackpool ZOO.

Visited February 2013
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SCOTLAND
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Fantastic place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

I just love this place and i even love MORE that it was free but this is only for a short time during winter. It takes us about 3 hours to get there but its worth it. Only downfall during this visit was it was MOBBED. The parking was a nightmare but everyone was visiting cos it was during the FREE period. My favourite animal i saw which was a huge surprise was a snow leopard. At the moment the park is building a new enclosre for him and i can't wait to see him it. These animal are so loved by the staff and visitors. I love the monkey enclosure where they roam about freely. Amazing site to see. They even have fruit bats - WOW. Although i am a big cat fan. Watch they cats getting feed that is so amazing. Try the cafe too the food is reasonable price and very filling.. I just like to say a big THANK YOU to Bill the owner for making this place so enjoyable to visit. Your staff are so dedicated to help you make this place such brilliant place to visit.

Visited February 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“A must”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

This Zoo is fabulous, well worth a look. It is free until the end of March. Even if you have to pay to get in it is well worth it. Walking among some of the animals is great. Feeding times is fantastic.

Visited January 2013
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