Ponderosa Zoo

Animal-Centred Attraction


Home to over 140 animals, Ponderosa Zoo, based in Heckmondwike is a fun and fact-filled day out for all the family! From exotic birds to small reptiles, there’s endless exploring to be done. Transport yourself to Madagascar in the Lemur Lookout. Giving you the chance to get up close and personal to the animals, the lookout is home to two species of lemur! Do your little ones look for adventure? They can run, jump, climb and swing on the outdoor adventure play area! Or, why not take a trip to the year-round beach and become the next ruler of the sea playing on the pirate ship?

Exploring the zoo is tiring work so refuel at one of the many food offerings Ponderosa Zoo has. With a range of delicious sandwiches, scrumptious cakes and refreshing drinks, Parkside Coffee Shop is the perfect pitstop, with something for everyone. If you need an afternoon pick me up, indulge in a tasty frozen treat at the Ice Cream Parlour. Stopping by the Pizza Shed for delicious homemade slice is the perfect lunch time pick me up (closed during the winter season). Or, experience a warm welcome and delicious food at Lakeside Restaurant, overlooking the picturesque surroundings of the lake at Ponderosa Zoo. The tasty and affordable menu is sure to satisfy bellies of all ages. (Opening times and dates vary, please check Ponderosa Zoo website for the latest information).

Inspiring people of all ages and abilities through zoo-led education and engaging activities, Ponderosa Zoo are passionate about the promotion of animal welfare and conservation efforts. Offering amazing animal encounters and talks, taking place every weekend, you have the chance to learn about some of the incredible species at the zoo!


Type Price
Adult £7.95
Child £6.95
Concession (Senior) £6.95
Family £25.00
Under 3's FREE
Carer £3.50
Disabled Child/Senior £4.00
Disabled Adult £4.50

Opening Hours

Sun 10:00 17:00
Mon 10:00 17:00
Tue 10:00 17:00
Wed 10:00 17:00
Thu 10:00 17:00
Fri 10:00 17:00
Sat 10:00 17:00


  • Disabled Access
  • On-Site Parking
  • Child Friendly
  • Outdoor
  • Card Payment
  • Annual Pass

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