What's Happening

New Arrivals: Marmosets

We'd like you to welcome our new group of 8 common marmosets! They arrived here at Ponderosa Zoo from the Lake District on the 6th September 2019 and they're now out in their enclosure for you all to see!

Fun Fact: Marmosets and other similar primates prefer to live in family groups their whole life, and often don't accept outside in!

October Half Term

Saturday 26th October – Thursday 31st October 2019

10am – 4pm (last admissions 3pm)

You’re in for a treat this Halloween. Come dressed in your favourite Halloween costume and experience a thrilling schedule of Halloween themed activities.

Animal Talks and Encounters – included in admission price.

12pm: Reindeer Talk and Feed

12.30pm: Lemur Feed and Talk

1pm: Insect Encounter

1.30pm: Otter feed and Enclosure

2pm: Serval Feed and Talk

2.30pm: Small Mammal Encounter

3pm: Scottish Wildcat Feed and Talk

Bug Chat – included in admission price.

11.15am – 11.45am

Listen to our daily Bug Chat, learn why bugs are important and what we can do to help them.

Fancy Dress Competition – included in admission price

Children are encouraged to come dressed in their best Halloween costumes for a chance to win a free otter feeding experience (for over 8’s), or a free family pass (if under 8).

Pumpkin Carving – additional £3.

Pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and draw a design onto it, then let our team carve it so it’s ready for you to take home.

Extinct Animal Trail – included in the price of pumpkin carving.

Follow the extinct animal trail around the zoo, spot them all and receive a treat.

Play Barn Closure

As of November 4th 2019 our play barn will be closing permanently. This is part of our on going refurbishment plan throughout the entire zoo.

We have big and exciting plans for what the play barn will be replaced with that we will not be revealing just yet, so keep checking our social medias pages in the new year to see what we've been working on!

During this process all other areas of the zoo will be open as normal. 

What's On: Summer 2019

Animal Talks and Encounters!

July 20th - September 1st 2019

12pm: Reindeer Feed and Talk

12.30pm: Lemur Feed and Talk

1pm: Tortoise Encounter

1.30pm: Otter Feed and Talk

2pm: Serval Feed and Talk

2.30pm: Small Mammal Encounter

3pm: Scottish Wildcat Feed and Talk

Plus special guests - Crafty Devilz every Monday!

May Half Term

25th - 26th May and 28th May - 2nd June

This may half term we have a variety of activities taking place as part of the Love Your Zoo campaign! 

All activities are included with regular admission price and we will be open from 10am - 5pm with last admissions at 4pm.

Animal Talks and Encounters:

11.30am: Porcupine Feed and Talk 

12pm: Lemur Feed and Talk

12.30pm: Small Mammal Encounter

1pm: Tortoise Encounter

1.30pm: Otter Feed and Talk

2pm: Serval Feed and Talk

2.30pm: Enrichment Tour

3pm: Scottish Wildcat Feed and Talk


Enrichment Workshop
- Help our zoo keeper make some enrichment for our animals between 12pm and 2pm and then join our enrichment tour where you will see the enrichment you've made given to our animals!

Love Your Zoo Trail
-Search around the zoo for clues and once you find them all you'll win a small prize at the end!

FREE - Play barn during term time weekdays!

This year our Play barn is completely free of charge during weekday term times! So if you purchase a zoo ticket you can use our indoor soft play area for no additional charge! 

*Suitable for ages 8 and under only.

*A zoo ticket must be purchased to grant free access to the Play barn.

Easter Half Term

Come and join us for our Easter trail! Try and spot all the clues around the zoo and you'll be rewarded with your own chocolate egg at the end of the trail!
Plus meet the Easter bunny and enjoy some fascinating keeper talks along the way!

Regular zoo and play barn admission prices apply with the option to add on the Easter trail activity for an extra £2.

Zoo Prices:
Adult: £6.75
Child: £5.50
Family: £21
Under 3's: Free

Zoo and Play Barn Prices:
Child: £7.95
Family: £26
Under 3's: £1.50

Easter Trail: £2
Bouncy Castle: £1.50

* A family ticket consists of 2 adults and 2 children OR 1 adult and 3 children
* A child ticket is ages 3 - 15yrs
* Free parking

How to Find Us & Contact Details:
Ponderosa Zoo & RTC, Off Smithies Lane, Heckmondwike, WF16 0PN

01924 235 276


New Arrival: Serval

We would like you all the meet Venus, our new serval! She recently moved into her brand new enclosue that we've been working on over the winter. She is 11 months old and you can find her next to the Lakeside restaurant. Often lounging in the sun or playing with enrichment!

A Christmas Adventure: 2018

Christmas is coming to Ponderosa! The Grinch has stolen some of our animals Christmas presents! Can you find them all and return them to the elf workshop ready for Christmas? Don't forget we have some other festivities along the way!

Book Now by calling 01924 235 276!

12pm: Raccoon Dog Talk
1pm: Reindeer Feed and talk
2pm: Small Mammal Encounter
3pm: Scottish Wildcat Feed and Talk

12pm - 3pm: Elf Workshop 
Where you'll receive a present, write a letter to Santa and make your very own environmentally friendly reindeer food to take home ready for Christmas Eve. Extra prizes are also hidden in some of the presents including free family passes!

Under 2's: £6
Child: £9.95
Adult: £5.50

Price Includes: Zoo admission, present hunt, indoor soft play admission, animal talks and encounter access, a present from the elves and environmentally friendly reindeer food to take home for Christmas Eve.

This event will run on the following weekends:
December 8th + 9th/ 15th + 16th/ 22nd + 23rd

We'll be open from 10am - 4pm with last admissions at 3pm. Remember the elf workshop closes at 3pm so make sure you make it in time to receive your present.

*Regular zoo admission tickets can still be purchased on these dates if you're not wanting to take part in the event. 
* Indoor soft play is suitable for ages 8 and under only.

Halloween 2018

Get ready for a fantastic Halloween here at Ponderosa Zoo!

Running from the 20th - 31st October (10am - 5pm) we have all sorts of Halloween activities taking place:

11am: Bat feeding & talk
12pm: Reptile experience
1pm: Porcupine talk
2pm: Pony Petting
3pm: Small mammal experience
4pm: Scottish Wildcat feed and talk

11am - 3pm: Our pumpkin patch will be open for you pick a pumpkin, you can the draw on a design and our expert pumpkin carvers will carve it out ready for you to take home.

In addition we have a little mystery going on at the zoo and we need our customers help us solve it! Some frightful beasts from a magical world have escaped and are hiding in the zoo! Can you find them and help return them back to where they belong? Make sure to collect your clues on arrival and drop off your findings at the ticket office on your way out. Those that solve it will be given a special treat!

Fancy dress is encouraged and spot prizes will be offered to those with the spookiest costumes

For all activities listed above + an hour use of our Play barn + general zoo admission:
Under 2's: £3
Child (aged 3 - 8): £8.95
Adult: £5.50
Family (2 adults + 2 children): £27.95
Family: (1 adult + 3 children): £30.95

* Our regular admission prices will still run throughout the week if you want to visit the zoo but do not wish to take part in the Halloween event.

** Additional pumpkins can be purchased if you would like to just purchase a general admission ticket but also get a pumpkin.

*** Our bouncy castle will be up on weekends only and will be an extra charge of £1.50

**** Last admission is at 4pm

We are now provisional BIAZA Members!

BIG NEWS! We are happy to announce we have become provisional members of BIAZA!

BIAZA is the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and is a professional body that represents some of the best zoos and aquariums in the UK and Ireland.

Being part of BIAZA allows us to take part in conservation efforts across the country which includes things such as breeding programs.

The work zoo's and aquariums do to help conservation is very important. Without the efforts of zoos and aquariums a lot of the species we see today would either be extinct or their population numbers would be considerably lower. 

Our team is excited for the times ahead, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our visitors for their continuous support.

Summer 2018

Every day between July 21st - September 2nd we have animal experiences taking place!

11am - Lemur Talk and Feeding

12pm - Reptile Talk and Handling

1pm - Otter Talk and Feeding 

3pm- Small Mammal Handling

4pm - Scottish Wildcat Talk and Feeding

Plus +
Special Guests: Crafty Devilz - Every Monday!

New Arrivals: Bennett's Wallabies

14th May 2018 - We'd like you all too meet Bruce, Bruno, Bolt and Bondi! You can find them up near our beach area.


5th May 2018 - We'd like to introduce you to our new group of Egyptian fruit bats! Their new enclosure has been purposely built for them as part of our brand new nocturnal section. Come down and meet them along with our other nocturnal species. 

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