South Lakes Wild Animal Park is a private Zoo. Created, designed, owned and developed by David Gill.
At the time of the construction back in 1993/4, David was an animal nutritionist and although he had no affiliation with any Zoo, he had a desire to see education and conservation brought into the public awareness by the reality of a close, wild experience. A desire to create an experience for everyone, to react and assist to worldwide conservation issues.
The then 32-year-old father of two, built the park with his own hands and to this day, still designs and builds all the facilities around the Zoo, now with the help and assistance of the staff.
At South Lakes Safari Zoo, it’s all about three things, the Animals, the Experience and the Conservation.
The Zoo houses over 1,000 of the rarest, most endangered animals in unique natural environments which enable the visitor to get as close as physically possible to experience the sights, sounds, and a few smells, of these amazing creatures we share our planet with.
The park is all natural, with free roaming animals, where over 300,000 annual visitors wander amongst kangaroos, wallabies, emus and are amazed as free-flying macaws soar overhead. Walk in, and interact with free roaming lemurs, squirrel monkeys, cotton topped tamarins; and bravely venture in where condors and vultures fly free. Watch Big cats including tigers, lions and jaguars hunt for their lunch as well as hand feeding giraffes, penguins and lemurs every day.
Together with 2 international conservation charities, The Wildlife Protection Foundation and The Sumatran Tiger Trust, the Zoo is working to save species, communities and habitats all over the world. From building water wells for villages in Africa, funding anti poaching patrols in Sumatra, rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing bears, condors, vultures, penguins and primates back into the wild in Colombia, Peru and South America, they are one of the best Conservation Parks in the UK. They don’t just talk about Conservation they get out there and do it!