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Winter’s a great time of the year come meet all the Park's latest arrivals including their female snow leopard who arrived just last week and has settled in really well with her mate Wolfgang.
The news of free admission has spread through social media like wildfire. "In a few hours over 250,000 people have seen and commented about the zoo being opened for free for the winter to everyone," said owner David S. Gill on the Park's Facebook page.
"I decided a few years ago to thank the loyalty of our visitors and to give opportunity to those less fortunate in our communities by giving the gift of a free visit during the winter months.
"It has brought the zoo's mission of conservation closer to millions of hearts and allowed us from all the donations given on entry to make a huge difference to wild animals and remote communities throughout the world.
"It is my personal present to you all," he told the Park's followers, "so come and enjoy our zoo and don't forget to spend in the restaurant /cafe and shop and donations to our work are gratefully accepted..."
The Park's Maki restaurant has a new winter chiller menu with warming soup, freshly griddled Panini’s, jacket potatoes just some of the hot snacks on offer from £2.50, and of course with the free entry you can just pop in for lunch – some choose to pre-book if you are short on time!
With only 27 days until Santa lands at the Park on 30th November, elves have started the busy process of building his workshop ready for some toy making action, making sure his home is kitted out with his creature comforts and donkey proofing the nativity stable.
• South Lakes Wild Animal Park is open every day 10.00am until 4.30pm, with favourites like hand feed giraffes, hand feed penguins, big cat feeding taking place throughout the day. For details visit: www.wildanimalpark.co.uk
11.30, 12.30 & 3.45 Hand feed giraffes & conservation talk
12.00 Lion conservation talk & feeding
12.30 - 1.30 Walk through vulture & condor aviary open
2.30 Watch tigers & jaguars hunt for their dinner & conservation talk.
Followed by Hand feed penguins & conservation talk
Every Day: Hand feed kangaroos & emus
Seasonal Hand feed Santa’s reindeer