Welcome to ARK Wildlife Park & Exotic Animal Sanctuary – The UK’s first rescue zoo and Lincolnshire’s newest, award winning, independent wildlife park.
The ARK is a wildlife park with a difference, operating as a rescue sanctuary for exotic animals that is also open to the public like a traditional zoo, the vast majority of our residents are rescues from the European pet trade, the ARK has become a home to a wide variety of captivating animals, from exotic mammals and fearsome carnivores to stunning reptiles and some of your favourite farmyard friends.
Many of our beautiful and engaging residents have been with us for many years, since our days as a private, exotic animal sanctuary.
Our doors are open all year round.
As well as the wonderful outside areas, visitors also benefit from popular indoor attractions such as the Tropical/Reptile House, Meerkat and Familiar Friends Barn and an all weather activity/play area.
Take a walk around Lemur lake, Lincolnshire’s first and only primate island and home to our group of rescued ring-tailed lemur monkeys.
There is also a large outdoor play zone for children and the family friendly, Kalahari Cafe, offering a delicious selection of locally made cakes, savouries and other refreshments.
With themed events planned throughout the year, term-time toddler specials and our informative twice daily, animal encounter shows, the Ark is a must visit destination for a truly wild family time.
The Wildlife Park is open throughout the year.
Summer season- 10 am – 5 pm
Winter season – 10 am – 4 pm (closed Mondays except for School & Public holidays)
Park may close during inclement weather, please check on our Facebook page for latest updates before travelling.
Closed Christmas and Boxing day.
Last admission 1 hour before the park closes.
Daily Animal Encounters
Reptile encounters at 11.30 am & 2.30 pm, during special events encounter times may vary.
Over summer and peak times 3.00 pm carnivore talk featuring our cats and foxes.
Last admission is one hour before closing time
The Kalahari Cafe opens daily from 10 am, catering for park visitors and the public alike.
Would you like to help the rescued animals that live at the ARK?
We have an Amazon Wish List, full of enrichment toys that will stimulate, entertain and enhance their lives.
All donations are greatly appreciated and every penny you spend will go towards increasing the happiness and well-being of the animals.
Ark Daily News
All the latest news, stunning photographs and exciting videos direct from the Ark can now be found on our Facebook page.
Information about new arrivals, upcoming events, competitions and visitor comments are updated daily.
Follow the link below and ‘like‘ our page to keep up to date with announcements from the Ark.
Every day at ARK:
- Animal encounters and twice daily reptile talks
Personal and group encounters:
- Meerkat meet and feed
- Reptile keeper experience
- Small mammal keeper experience
- Meet the foxes
- Coati experience
- See experiences page for full details of encounters