Lotherton’s zoo, Wildlife World, is a continued development of the original Bird Garden which has been a part of the estate since the 1980s.
Meet playful Humboldt penguins as they splash about in their pool, see flamingos in their habitat and say hello to the resident tapir. Plus many more animals!
We invite you to get to know the animals, how they live and what we can do to protect their future.
Wildlife World is located within the grounds of Lotherton where further facilities and toilets can be found.
There is level access from the main entrance to:Coastal ZoneForest ZoneTropical ZoneWildlife World gift shopNocturnal HouseNestbox Education CentreZoo enclosures
Travel by public transport
Trains from Leeds / York to Garforth and taxi to venue
Path to main entrance
The double sliding doors open into the gift shop, which is the entrance to Lotherton Wildlife World.
Getting around inside
Things to See and Do
The Coastal Zone contains our Humboldt penguins, flamingos plus a few other species of waterfowl and coastal birds. There are several plastic curtain flaps and doors to exit and enter this zone. These sometimes have foot mats in front of them to disinfect visitor's shoes and wheels to prevent the spread of avian flu and other diseases, depending on current government guidance. Those with mobility issues may need assistance in using these.
The Forest Zone contains the tapir, capybara, other small mammals and several species of birds. You must pass through the Coastal Zone to get to this area.
The Tropical Zone contains our Nocturnal House (optional), plus several species of bird and monkeys. You must pass through the Coastal Zone to get to this area.
Spectator/ Audience viewing areas
Wildlife World gift shop
There is a small threshold of 20mm as you exit the nocturnal house. Visitors can use the entrance as an alternative exit. There are black plastic curtains at both the entrance and exit - please be wary of other visitors who may be stood in close proximity.
Nestbox Education Centre
There is a gate to pass through as you aproach the Nestbox Education Centre. Then the first set of doors is double, so can open out wide. When this room is open there will always be a member of staff available to assist if needed. The second door is 90 degrees to the right.
Getting around outside
The walk leads around the various animal enclosures in the zoo. The zoo is built on a slight incline. As mentioned, the paths are made from gravel so those in wheelchairs may find this slightly difficult to navigate.
Various zoo enclosures to explore. Some have viewing areas which are floor to ceiling, others have rocks, fences or plants at the bottom half of the enclosures which some visitors may struggle to see above.
Customer care support
Emergency evacuation procedures
Disabled visitors can exit Wildlife World without assistance in an emergency as there are no stairs or lifts involved. If the fire alarm goes off then the Nocturnal House has a flashing red light.
Customer care support