Due to public demand, we are now offering an animal interaction experience for adults (18 plus) where, among other things, you can join in a clicker training session with the fossa, provide environmental enrichment for some of the animals and, the highlight, get up close and feed the stunningly beautiful snow leopards.
This is a one on one experience with a senior keeper so the price is £79 for one person, or, if two people choose to do it together the price will be £150
This session will run from 2 until 3.30pm.
We are pleased to be able to offer a rare opportunity to be a keeper for the day. This is exactly what is says, a chance to work with a regular keeper looking after a whole range of exotic animals many of which you can actually go in with - an unforgettable experience.
Keeper for the Day Experiences are offered any day of the week, but we only take one booking per day (excepting joint bookings), so you get a really personal experience!
Junior Keeper £59
10.30am - 1.00pm
with an accompanying adult
Add an extra child for a joint booking at just £99!
Please phone the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis on 015395 63027
from 9.30am to 4.30pm any day (including weekends) to make a booking
The first peep at the big wide world was captured on camera when the latest baby squirrel looked out of its nest box. We knew we had babies, because the female squirrel was obviously nursing, but how many and how developed there were, that was a mystery. Like most small mammals, squirrels do not appreciate any disturbance with their nest, so you just have to let mum get on with it. As you can see, junior is not that much smaller than an adult as he contemplates his first foray into the great out-doors. Now we just have to wait and see if any brothers or sisters pop out.
Thanks to Mr Birtwistle for the lovely picture.
Its official, as of the 11th of April, the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is 21 years old and has come of age. There have been many changes over that time, lots of development and many creatures been born here and sadly, more than a few have died. Though there are creatures which are direct descendents of some of those original animals, there are some that were here in person, if not on our opening day, in our first few months. The lung fish is certainly one of those early residents and 21 years later, he is still going strong. Some of the tin foil barb were mere hatchlings in the community tank in our first summer, and are now venerable fish in the pool.
Some of the original people are still here too, though the centre is now a registered charity and no longer a private business. There will be many new and exciting changes ahead.
Here’s to the next 21 years!
The BBC has just filmed footage for a major new animal drama series at the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis.
They worked with our tree shrews, an active intelligent little creature that at first glance appear quite squirrel like – though they are no relation. They are not related to shrews either, in spite of the name, but are in a family all of their own.
Naturally wary, tree shrews are suspicious of changes, so, to enable the camera man to film them behaving normally, someone spent the best part of a month in the shrew enclosure feeding them titbits (crickets and mealworms are favourite) or just sitting still and becoming part of the furniture.
All this time spent in the tree shrew's enclosure paid dividends because the shrews behaved like stars, quite un fazed by the cameras, and enjoyed themselves exploring the various mini rainforest sets built in their greatly enlarged enclosure.
As there may be further filming in the near future, we have left the tree shrews in the larger space for the time being.