COVID-19 Update

Due to the recent announcement to make further closures throughout the country to help prevent the continued spread of coronavirus, we have decided to close the zoo and the lakeside restaurant to the public until further notice.

Our keepers will still be coming in and working hard to care for our animals and we hope to still share our animal updates with you as and when we can.

To all annual pass holders, your memberships will be extended with the amount of time we're closed added onto your expiry date.

We rely on ticket sales for all our income so donations of any kind would be hugely appreciated at this incredibly difficult time.

We thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Our mission

Ponderosa Zoo's mission is to educate people of all ages and backgrounds on the natural world and the threats species face on a daily basis. We aim to promote the work zoo's do globally through education surrounding conservation.

About Ponderosa Zoo

Ponderosa Zoo (originally Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre) was created in 1991 by Maureen Cook with the aim to 'bridge the gap' between disabled and able bodied people through the care of animals as a form of therapy. At the time the centre held a variety of domestic animals including pigs, goats and cattle.

Since its conception Ponderosa Zoo is now home to over 120 animals from lemurs to reindeer. We are a dedicated team of hard working and passionate individuals who aim to promote animal welfare, in addition to educating the public on conservation efforts and the threats many species now face in the wild. In 2017 we took another step in journey by becoming provisional BIAZA members.

Although we are now a much bigger facility with our primary focus being on welfare, education and conservation, we still hold our 'Bridge the Gap' vision by ensuring our zoo is always disabled friendly and offering a variety of grounds keeping roles for disabled individuals to gain valuable work experience in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Meet The Team


Zoo Manager


Education Officer


Reptile and Invertebrate Keeper


Animal Keeper


Animal Keeper


Mammal Keeper

Last Updated: Jan 2020
All our volunteer vacancies are now full.