Williem van der Ven

interactive     inspirational     educational

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.



october family fun quiz 
Our theme for this month is all about Birds of the World.  Come along and have a go at the quiz, finding and learning about how some of the animals here at Wild Discovery evovled! 

Collect your free quiz sheet when you arrive.
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 Lizard
Learn about our lizards.

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. 

2.15pm - Meerkat Feed & Talk
Learn about our cheeky meerkats whilst the keeper gives them their midday feed.

3pm - Meet an Owl
Each day meet a different owl and learn about their unique abilities.

​3.30pm - Pelican Feed & Talk
See our Pink Backed Pelicans being fed and learn about their fishing skills.

4.15pm - Meet the Bugs
Learn about different bugs and how the world would be very different without them!

wild messy play mornings

On Monday's during term time we run our Wild Messy Play mornings here at Wild Discovery.  Come down and have a walk round the zoo with the little ones, enjoy the free craft activity and have a brew on us.

Wild Messy Play is from 10.30am - 2pm.

Monday 7th October
Monday 14th October

Last entry 1 hour before close.

£7.50 per adult, all children free.

Please note that no animal talks take place on these days.

Willem van de Ven 2008
Wild Discovery
Ribby Hall Village
Wrea Green
​Tel: 01772 673836
​Email: info@wilddiscovery.co.uk
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.