It’s surprisingly little known that a family of snow leopards reside at the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, just off the A6 near Milnthorpe, not far from Kendal in Cumbria. As we were spending part of our summer holiday just up the road, it sounded like a great trip out for toddler Tilly.


Here they are, the majestic snow leopards, of which two were born only last year. Along with most of the residents at the park, they’re very much on the endangered species list. Some, like the snow leopards are exotic, others, such as the red squirrel, are native, but having never seen the latter in the UK made it no less special to witness.

The ‘oasis’ is split into two halves: outdoor and indoor, and this arrangement nicely splits a visit into two. The site itself is modest in size but we felt the animals enjoyed ample space in clean, well maintained surroundings. The outside area is a good scale for small toddler legs with animals lurking around each corner, some roaming free, others in specific enclosures. The lemur area was particularly special, as you’re amongst the lemurs.


Although not familiar with the car insurance adverts as far as we know, Tilly immediately loved the meerkats. It’s hard not to with their poses of vigilant curiosity. Heading inside everything is scaled down with rooms containing fish, amphibians and plenty more besides. We were fortunate to time our visit just as the resident tortoise was brought out, which Tilly was enthralled to touch.

For a toddler with a short attention span, we easily spent a couple of hours there with a visit to the cafe, and could have easily spent a while longer if we’d had the time. At £8.95 for adults, we thought the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis was well priced and certainly somewhere we’d visit again when in the area. For older children experiences at being a keeper at the park are also available.

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