Interactive Inspirational Educational

Welcome to Wild Discovery. We are a small zoo situated within the grounds of Ribby Hall Village in Lancashire. 

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.


Plan your visit

Animals

​​Encounters & Experiences

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.

Get to know our animals personalities

Zoo Keeper for the day
Experience a day as a zoo keeper, get hands on with the daily running of Wild Discovery. Have you got what it takes?
Junior Zoo Keeper for the day
The younger generation can also get involved with our daily routines and animal interactions.
Kids Zoo Club
Animal Encounters
​Our Kid's Zoo Club is aimed at children aged 8 years and above and allows them a unique learning opportunity to discover all aspects of the animal kingdom.  The Zoo Club gives the children a true insight into the welfare and husbandry knowledge that keepers need to provide the necessary for the animals. 


The Zoo Club will be returning in September 2018.  To register your interest please email info@wilddiscovery.co.uk.
Our encounters allow you to meet some of our animals up close and create some enrichment for them.

Latest News & Events

News

What's On

Babies of a prickly kind!

Our African Crested Porcupines,
Pricklelilly (mum) and Prickle
Pierre (dad) have welcomed twin
girl porcupettes, born in the early
hours on the 20th April.

When the porcupettes were born
their quills were soft, and suckled
milk from their mother.  Now
that they are 8 weeks old they are much more developed and their quills have hardened and their teeth have developed allowing them to eat the hard root vegetables that mum and dad eat.

Both porcupettes have different personalities, one is like its mum, very laid back and happy to explore.  The other little girl is just like her dad, much more aggressive and prefers to stay with her dad.

​If you visit the zoo you will find them currently in the Farmyard section.

​It has been a baby boom over the past few months.  We have also seen the birth of a Straw Coloured Fruit Bat.  These bats are near threatened in the wild, so this little addition is very important for the future of this species. 

​Our Bennett's wallaby joey has finally left its mother's pouch!  Mum certainly looks relieved and more relaxed now, and you watch our young joey learning about his new life outside of the pouch.

​Our stick insects has also had babies, but there are too many to count them all!

Wild Discovery continues to grow with the smaller things in life.

Wild Discovery is continously growing and developing the zoo to offer customers and even greater experience during their visit.  The latest developments include the renovation of a current enclosure for a new and elusive species, Kirk's Dik Dik, Madoqua kirkii.  

​Kirk's Dik Dik are one of the smallest antelope species in the world, originating from East Africa.  They are more active during the night, during the day they can be seen resting in shady areas and browsing.  They are naturally shy animals and need lots of hiding places and like long grass. 

​They are considered least concern by IUCN redlist, however they do face many threats from humans.  They are often hunted for their bones to make jewllery and their hides to make gloves.  They also suffer from loss of habitat due to increased agriculture, although they have proven to be a resiliant species in the wild.  In captivity they are part of the EEP Breeding Programme.

"Wild Messy Play" Mornings

​On Monday the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of June we will be running our "Wild Messy Play" mornings for the little ones.  Open from 10.30am til 2pm (last entry one hour before close) come down and see the animals, enjoy free craft activities and a complimentary hot drink for the adults.  Normal admission fees apply.
Please note the "Wild Messy Play" mornings do not take place during the school holidays.

Fathers Day - Sunday 17th June

​As a special token to all the great Dad's out there Wild Discovery is giving dad's free entry to Wild Discovery on Father's Day, Sunday 17th June.  Come down and enjoy all the animal talks and activities, and don't forget your admission is a day pass so you can come and go all day.

National Insect Week
18th to 24th June

​Every other year the Royal Entomological
Society organises the National Insect Week
to encourage people to discover and learn
about the amazing insect diversity.  Here at Wild Discovery we will be getting involved on the 19, 20th, 21st, 23rd and 24th June.  Each day we will be offering customers the opportunity to learn more about native insects through different activites such as pond dipping, nature walks, bug identifications sessions, as well as Meet the Bug talks so customers can meet insects from around the globe.  We also have a special guest from the Preston Beekeepers Association attending on the 24th June who will be showcasing why bees are so important and offering advice on how we can all help to provide habitat for the bees.

Armed Forces Day
Saturday 30th June

On Armed Forces Day, Sunday 30th June,
Wild Discovery is offering Armed Forces
Personel free family pass for up to 5 people to
the zoo (max of 3 adults). Come down and
enjoy all the animal talks and activities, and
don't forget your admission is a day pass so you can come and go all day.

​For more information about any of our events please contact us on 01772 673836 or email info@wilddiscovery.co.uk

Wild Discovery
Ribby Hall Village
Wrea Green
Preston
PR4 2PR
​Tel: 01772 673836
​Email: info@wilddiscovery.co.uk