one snap and their gone!
philippine crocodile conservation event
 saturday 17th august  6pm - 9pm
join for an evening of exciting activities
see events section for more info

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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 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 in July:
Monday 1st July
Monday 8th July
Monday 15th July

No booking required.
Wild Messy Play does not take place during the school holidays, it will return early September 2019.
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. 

The talks below take during the week, at the weekends we will be offering special bug related talks, please see talk times below:

​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 - Tortoise Talk
Learn about these cold-blooded animals, meet a giant and a baby, and see inside a Tortoise shell!

​3.30pm - Meet the Bugs
Learn about why bugs are so important, you could meet something sticky, scaly or twiggy!

4.15pm - 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?

july family fun quiz 

Our theme for this month is all about cold-blooded animals!  Come along and have a go at the quiz, finding and learning about the animals that are cold-blooded and how they survive. 

Collect your free quiz sheet when you arrive.

one snap and their gone! 
philippine crocodile conservation event
saturday 17th august  6pm - 9pm

Join us at our annual conservation evening, have fun and help us raise vital funds for all the animal conservation projects Wild Discovery now supports.
This year our evening will be focusing on our exciting new arrival to the zoo, the critically endangered Philippine Crocodile. This very special crocodile has joined us from ZSL London and she is a key part of the world’s captive breeding programme. Listed as critically endangered it is estimated that less than 140 adults remain in the wild.
The project that we are supporting is the Mabuwaya Foundation, based in northern Luzon in the Philippines.  The project was established to help protect and conserve the critically endangered Philippine Crocodile by working with the local communities on various initiatives, including habitat restoration, nest protection, captive rearing and releasing back into the wild.
The evening will start with a welcome from Neil Trickett the Zoo Director and will be followed by various animal talks and activities including the exclusive “One snap and she’s gone” crocodile talk.  The croc talk will highlight the sad fight for survival that this species faces in the wild and hopefully showcase its incredible power during a live feed*. 

During the evening we will also be offering people the opportunity to enjoy a Brief Animal Encounters for just £10pp (min age 8 years), choose from our Red-fronted Lemurs and our Asian Short Clawed Otters.  Enjoy a chance to feed these beautiful creatures and meet them up close with our keepers (see below for terms and conditions).
Willem van de Ven 2008

We will aslo have a raffle running throughout the evening, so why not treat yourself to a few tickets!
All proceeds raised during the evening will be donated to the animal conservation projects, so every penny you spend will help protect some of the world’s most amazing, but sadly, also some of the world’s most endangered animals.
Tickets:  Adults £5 (age 16+)  Child £3 (15 and under)

To book your tickets please call 01772 673836.

*Warning - no live animals will be involved however crocodiles are carnivores therefore fresh meat/fish will be given.
Brief Animal Encounters Terms and Conditions
Suitable for people aged 8 years and above.  No wheelchairs or pushchairs can be accomodated due to access and space in the enclosure.  Not suitable for pregnant women.
No opened toed shoes allowed.  Booking on the night only.  Cash payment only.

Willem van de Ven 2008
august family fun quiz 

Our theme for this month is all about nocturnal animals!  Come along and have a go at the quiz, finding and learning about the animals that are nocturnal and why! 

Collect your free quiz sheet when you arrive.

Wild Discovery
Ribby Hall Village
Wrea Green
​Tel: 01772 673836
We accept SPICE time credits. Two credits per person, for a maximum of 4 people.  Can only be used by the person recieving time credits.