Guests with children at Sykehouse Cottage regularly say how much they enjoyed the Zoo at Dalton which is a 10 mile / 20 minute drive away.
The Zoo describes itself as a “Safari Zoo” because you can “safari” around some enclosures on foot. They have a good range of big animals including rhinos, lions, tigers, bears, hippos, wolves, snow leopards, jaguar, giant otters, primates, vultures, and penguins. There is an opportunity to hand feed giraffes, penguins and lemurs and there’s also an adventure playground and new coffee shop for 2015.
The Zoo is open all year apart from Christmas Day and children are free with the paying adult.
We were particularly pleased to learn that in March their second West African Giraffe was born. These beautiful animals with their distinctive light coloured spots are very rare animals; only 61 of these giraffes were living in the wild in Niger 10 years ago.
For more details, just follow this link to their website.