Unfortunately we are not currently accepting new 'short encounter' bookings.

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Mad about monkeys?


Love lemurs?


Want to meet a meerkat?

'Meet the animal' encounters allow you to get up close and personal to some of your favourite species here at the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis. Spend 20 minutes feeding, enriching and quizzing a keeper about our meerkats, lemurs or emperor tamarins!

Encounters are also bookable on the day of your visit at the admissions desk. Places are however limited to 6 per encounter, so make sure you sign up early for your chance to interact with these amazing animals!

Encounters are suitable for ages 5 and up.

General admission to the zoo is not included in the price of 'Meet the animal' encounters.

As these animals can potentially catch COVID-19 from visitors, we are currently requiring face coverings to be worn during these encounters.

Please also note that redevelopment of our meerkat exhibit is due to start on 2nd November 2020, so we will temporarily be unable to offer Meerkat encounters from this date until the work is completed.

Encounters run daily at the following times:

  • 11:00 am - Meet the meerkats
  • 12:00 pm - Meet the monkeys
  • 2:00 pm - Meet the lemurs
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image/svg+xml Meet the monkeys - £10
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A close encounter with a mob of hungry meerkats!
A close encounter with a mob of hungry meerkats!

The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is currently closed. Read about our plans to re-open and our COVID-19 response here , and how you can support us here .