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“Great wildlife park”

The Lake District Wildlife Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Trotters World of Animals has rebranded to become the Lake District Wildlife Park, representing the transition from its early days as a farm park. Today, emphasis is very much on conservation, education and engaging with visitors - our Keepers are keen to talk and enjoy passing on their knowledge and enthusiasm. Wander around our beautiful 24 acre parkland and see over 100 species. The magical Bird of Prey flying displays have been a regular feature since the park opened and we have gathered an eclectic mix of over 100 species from Anaconda to Zebra. The Granddad of the park is Brian the Lar Gibbon - he is the oldest in Europe and has pride of place in the centre of the park where he and his family can be seen swinging from the massive Oak tree. We joined the Zoo Federation (now BIAZA) in 2002 and over the years we have successfully worked with Zoo stud books to breed rarer species like Canadian Lynx, Asian Fishing Cats and Ring Tailed Lemurs to name just three.
St Peter Port, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great wildlife park”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

This wildlife park was much better than I expected, particularly as it is tucked away on a very narrow country lane. Once inside there are a vast array of animals and they are set out very well so that even when busy there is still plenty of room to see them. My children loved watching the Snow Leopards being fed and feeding the giraffes by hand, which was a new experience for them. Also the enclosures where wallabies, lemurs and loads of other animals are free to walk around you was amazing and the children in particular could not get enough of these. It is really good value and I highly recommend it.

Visited July 2014
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Immingham, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Good for a couple of hours”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

This is the second time we have visited trotters (still call it that). On arrival we ate in the restaurant to avoid the dinner time rush. Food was ok the only problem was that there was loads of flies everywhere so we must have looked a sight wafting them away every few seconds. The animal enclosures were fine but there was a lot of empty ones at the back of the park. When we came 2 years ago there was more to see. The indoor play area was clean and kids enjoyed a short time in there although it got quite hot. I think the admission prices are a bit high for what it is though but was still good.

Visited July 2014
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Brigg, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not Impressed”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We visited in July 2014. We found the park amateurish and poorly run. The restaurant closed at 2.30pm despite quite a queue of willing customers eager to part with their cash.

Worst of all was the otter enclosure. The otters were split up from each other and were clearly distressed to be apart. Pushing their noses and arms through the chicken mesh, desperately wanting to get out, their cries were awful. One of the otter enclosures should have had a proper running water creek to live in , but unfortunately it had dried out some time ago. The amount of weeds in the dried up creek made this aspect quite apparent. The otter was given a small tub full of stagnant water to use. It was horrible to see and we left soon after. Just awful.

Visited July 2014
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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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296 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“This place has great experiences!”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

This is a relatively small zoo (but only costs £8.95 to get in)

However, you can pay £35 which includes the entry (if booked in advance) to do 1 hour experiences.

I initially booked to do the 1 hour keeper experience. You get to spend some time with the tapirs. They love being brushed and just collapse on the ground once you start brushing them.

Then we prepared some food for the meerkats and went into their enclosure and sat down with the meerkats running and jumping all over us. Unfortunately you cannot touch the meerkats as fingers look too much like food to them but you still get them jumping all over you.

Then we cut up fruit and veg and went into the ring tailed lemur enclosure to feed the lemurs. We spent about 25 minutes just sitting down on a log with the lemurs sitting and jumping on us. You can stroke any lemur which sits on you and we loved every minute of it.

We loved it so much that we booked again for the next day to do just a 1 hour lemur experince and we basically sat with the lemurs for nearly a whole hour (we cut up all the food first) playing with the lemurs.

Experiences like this cost a lot more at other zoos and don't normally include the entry fee so it's well worth coming here just to do the experiences. We've done other lemur encounters before at other zoos but this by far was the best one we've ever done.

The keeper who took us to the animals was very friendly and knowledable.

The rest of the zoo is also nice, they have farm animals, micro pigs, gibbons, monkeys, mandrills, otters, zebra and more. If you weren't doing the extra experiences you would probably only need a few hours but it's still good value for £8.95

If you like lemurs then this is the place to go, just make sure you book the experience in advance as they only do one or two a day and only a maximum of 4 people can do it at a time (although luckily for both the experiences we did there was only me and my wife)

Visited July 2014
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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good wee park.”
Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

Went here with my husband,daughter and her pal(both 15).Small park but lots to see.Girls loved the donkeys and the piglets . Picnic area with small park for younger children. Has a small, basic cafe and a small shop.1/2 hourly talks/demonstrations at various locations around the park.Pleasant way to spend a few hours.

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