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South Lakes Wild Animal Park

Dalton in Furness, Cumbria

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A wildlife park in the southern tip of the Lake District and a wildlife experience a little different, an interactive animal experience with the unique ability to be able to get up close and in some cases feed some of the animals. It is a walk around park which includes half a kilometre of raised aerial walkway and viewpoints so that you can get up close and personal with some of the animals including being able to hand feed the Giraffes everyday around 11am-11.30am, during the main season there is a second opportunity in the afternoon at 4pm, this takes place outside in their paddock, on wet days it takes place inside their house where the walkway has been extended. From this same walkway you can see Rhinos and the Baboons.

You can also take part in feeding some of the other animals including at 3pm each day you can help hand feed the penguins. You can also get up close with free roaming animals in their natural environments including wallabies, troops of Squirrel & Capuchin Monkeys, a walk through tropical house and a walk through aviary with free flying Andean Condors, King Vultures, McCaws, Egrets and Scarlet Ibis.

Other feeding opportunities you can watch all year round include at 2.30pm each day the tigers have to climb a 20ft pole to get to their food and at later in the afternoon the lions get their food from 6metres up a tree. More feeding demonstrations take place during the main season (Easter-1st Nov) including vultures, apes and monkeys, spectacled bears, and at 2pm you can help feed the Lemurs. There are also a number of meet the animal experiences through the summer months with demonstrations and talks including getting up to close to a snake.

Some of the animals they have within the park include:


African Lion

Black Footed Penguin


Hamadryas Baboon


Pygmy Hippo

White Rhino

Fennec Fox


Amur Tiger

Rodrigues Fruit Bat


Australian Ibis

Black Swan


Red Kangaroo

River Sand Wallaby

Swamp Wallaby

Western Grey Kangaroo

White Throated Wallaby



Sulawesi Macaque

Indonesian Otter


Sumatran Tiger

White Handed Gibbon


Aloatran Gentle Lemur

Belted Ruffed Lemur

Black and White Ruffed Lemur

Black Lemur

Mongoose Lemur

Red Ruffed Lemur

Ring Tailed Lemur

White Fronted Brown Lemur

South America

Andean Condor

Cotton Topped Tamarin

Geoffroys Marmoset

Emperor Tamarin

King Vulture

Lowland Tapir


Spectacled Bear

Colombian Spider Monkey


Scarlet Ibis

Squirrel Monkey

Brown Capuchin

Roseate Spoonbill

Rest Of The World

Red Eared Terrapin


European White Stork

Snowy Owl

European Spoonbill

Other facilities include a cafe, picnic areas, a miniature train, and a gift shop.

Many of the enclosures appear to be ideal for photographers and during the winter months I would assume the park is a lot quieter and if you can get a chance to visit during this time, although not as many feeding sessions taking place it could be easier from a photographic point of view.

Location: South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Dalton in Furness, Cumbria

Grid Reference: SD237751 Ceremonial County: Lancashire

Map Link: Multimap

Aerial photo: Multimap

Getting there: From M6 J36 follow the signs for Barron in Furness, until the brown tourist signs take over. They are on the A590.

Website: www.wildanimalpark.co.uk
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Email: enquiries@wildanimalpark.co.uk
Address: South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Broughton Road, Dalton in Furness, Cumbria
Postcode: LA15 8JR Telephone: 01229 466086
Opening Times: All Year 10am-5pm; Nov-Feb 10am-4.30pm; Closed Xmas Day

Charges: Adults 11.50; Child (3-15) & Seniors 8; Child (under 3) FREE

Winter rates (Nov-Mar excl. Xmas event) Adults 8; Child & Seniors 5.

Annual pass when purchased inside the park costs 10 and for this you can visit as many times as you like for just 1.50 per visit, get 10% off food and drinks in the cafe and 10% off in the gift shop. See website for further options.

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Notes: No Dogs Allowed. Free parking.

Facilities include: restaurant, gift shop, indoor & covered picnic areas.

Wheelchair accessible.


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By: Tracey Park Section: Wildlife/Safari Parks/Zoos Key:
Page Ref: WAP_Dalton Topic: Wildlife & Animals  Last Updated: 12/2009


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