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Wild Discovery the zoo that interacts with you!

Our aim is to bring you unique experiences through our daily interactive and educational talks and animal encounters.  We hope to inspire people of all ages to help conserve our fascinating animal kingdom and protect the environment that we all live in. 

At Wild Discovery, your admission is a day pass, so you have unlimited entry for that day so you can explore all the areas within the zoo, discovering and learning about animals from around the world.  We are open to Ribby Hall Holiday Guests, the local community, schools and groups.

get to know our animals

plan your visit



For our current opening times click here.

​Free parking and light refreshments available within Wild Discovery or you can bring your own picnic.  There are several eating places within Ribby Hall Village.

If you are using a satnav the post code is PR4 2PR.
We have a great selection of animals, along with some of the most unusual animals from across the globe.

You can meet them and see their unique ways of eating, living and find out how they would defend themselves from predators through our daily animal talks.
Have you ever wanted to meet your favourite animal and have a personal encounter with it or maybe always wanted to be a zoo keeper?

You can do both with our unique animal encounters and zoo keeper for the day experience.


New arrivals ping into Wild Discovery!
Wild Discovery has welcomed two very special arrivals, two male Bush Babies called Buddy and Bing. 

With the support of ZSL London, Wild Discovery is the second collection in the uk to hold Bush Baby Galago moholi.  These tiny primates are nocutual, being most active during the night when they search for bugs to feast on.  

Their purpose built enclosure at Wild Discovery has been created so that their nightime is our daytime, allowing them to be the most active when visitors are in the zoo.  
When you visit it may take you a little while to spot Buddy and Bing, they are very small and silent in their movements.  They also like quiet and will often only feel comfortable venturing out if they feel safe.

Look out for their huge ears and long fluffy tails as ping from one area to the next searching for bugs!  You can find them in the Exotic House.

Wild Discovery has hit another milestone within its first few years of opening.  It is now a provisional member of BIAZA.
BIAZA is the professional body representing the best zoos and aquariums in Britain and Ireland that is a powerful force in the care and conservation of the natural world. BIAZA support zoos and aquariums to inspire people to help conserve the natural world, achieving the highest standards of animal care and welfare. 

Wild Discovery is now a provisional member of BIAZA which is a huge achievement for the zoo.  This means that Wild Discovery is recognised as being one of the few zoos in the UK that is now associated with BIAZA working towards becoming a full member through a mentoring programme offered by BIAZA.   
Wild Discovery has always aimed for high standards particularly when it comes to animal welfare and education.  Being associated and supported by BIAZA, Wild Discovery can now achieve much more to help conserve our natural world.  Neil the Zoo Director explains “this is massive achievement for the zoo, we are delighted to be provisional members, it shows that BIAZA recognise the hard work that the whole team puts in on a daily to help us achieve our ultimate goal of conserving wildlife for future generations.”

For more information about BIAZA please visit


​​wild messy play mornings

Looking for something to do with the little ones on a Monday morning? 
Come along to Wild Discovery and enjoy our free craft activity,
take a walk around the zoo to and see all the animals, and adults you can have a brew on us!

£7 per adult, children of all ages free (just on Wild Messy Play dates)
Please note that there are no animal talks on these dates.

Wild Messy Play is taking place on these dates:
Monday 29th April
Monday 6th May
Monday 13th May
Monday 20th May

No booking required.
Wild Messy Play does not take place during the school holidays.

animal talks and activities

Every day we offer a variety of animal talks and activities that are included in your admission.  All of our talks allow you see the animals up close and learn about them and in some of the talks you have the opportunity to touch, hold or feed some of our animals. 

Our current talks are:

​10.45am  - Farmyard Talk
Meet Miss Piggles, hold a guinea pig and feed the sheep.

11.15am - Meet the Lizards
Meet and learn about some unusual lizards, their is a chance to touch and hold.

12noon - Enrichment Activity Session
 Join our keeper in making some exciting enrichment items for the animals and watch them enjoy or destroy what you have made!

 1.30pm - Bat Feed & Talk 
Watch as our bats enjoy a fruity feast whilst learning about each species flying around you. 

2pm - Meerkat Feed & Talk
Learn about our cheeky meerkats whilst the keeper gives them their midday feed.

3pm - Farmyard Talk
Meet Miss Piggles, hold a guinea pig and feed the sheep.

Meet the Lizards
​3.30pm - Otter Feed & Talk
Learn about our little Otter family whilst the keeper gives them their afternoon feed, who knows what is on the menu today?

4.15pm - Meet the Bugs
Learn about why bugs are so important, you could meet something sticky, scaly or twiggy!

latest news

May family fun quiz 

Our theme for this month is focused on Conservation!  Learn why animals have a conservation status and what it means. Through the quiz discover the conservation status of some of the zoo animals and why their survival is threatened. 

Collect your free quiz sheet when you arrive.

Join us for a day of "ottertastic" fun and find out more about this beautiful species.

Asian Short Clawed Otters are on the decline in the wild, and considered a vulnerable species.  They are threatened by loss of  habitat and food supply. Wild Discovery aims to raise the profile of these animals and the threats they face by offering the chance for people to come and discover more.

Come along an get involved with all the otter activities, including crafts, enrichment creation, talks and just for this day only EXCLUSIVE OTTER ENCOUNTERS.

The otter encounter will allow you a unique opportunity to enter the otter house and help feed our otters!  £10 per person, limited availability. 
The encounters can be pre booked by calling 01772 673836. Minimum age of 8 years.  Sorry we can not accomodate for wheelchairs or prams in the otter house.

All money raised through the otter activities will contribute towards Wild Discovery's conservation projects to help protect threatened species.

Please note usual admission fees apply.

Wild Discovery
Ribby Hall Village
Wrea Green
​Tel: 01772 673836
We accept SPICE time credits. Two credits per person, for a maximum of 5 people.