Welcome to ARK Exotic Animal Sanctuary – The UK’s first rescue zoo and Lincolnshire’s multi award winning, independent wildlife park & exotic animal refuge
The ARK exotic animal sanctuary 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 family friendly zoo with wonderful indoor and outdoor play areas, as well as being twice winners of the BBC Make a Difference award in the animal welfare category, 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.
Our doors are open all year round except January (see visitor info for seasonal opening times).
As well as the wonderful outside areas, visitors also benefit from popular indoor attractions such as the Tropical House, Trash Panda Towers soft play area, Meerkat and Familiar Friends Barn, all weather activity/play area.
Explore Jurassic Ark-land of dinosaurs.
Take a walk around Lemur lake, Lincolnshire’s first and only primate island and home to our group of rescued ring-tailed lemurs, meet our group of Rhesus Macaques at the brand new Macaque Manor.
There is also a large outdoor play park for children, and the family friendly, Kalahari Cafe, offering a delicious selection of locally made cakes, savouries and other refreshments.
New for 2022, Jurassic Ark, Dinosaur land
New for 2022, Indoor soft play area, “Trash Panda Towers”, suitable for 9 yrs & under, toddler area for under 5’s
New for 2021, put your wits and cunning to the test in the Arks very own escape room “Defeat the poachers” (book in advance)
We want our visitors to have a fantastic and enjoyable time, whilst never forgetting our primary objective, the rescue and rehabilitation of animals from the exotic pet trade, ex laboratory animals etc, therefore we never lock our animals into viewing areas, it will be their choice to come out and we offer them plenty of cover, this ensures they are not stressed out, so bear with them and if you don’t see them the first time round, pop back around to see if they are out or ask a keeper for the best time to spot them.
With themed events planned throughout the year, and our informative twice daily animal presentations, the Ark is a must visit destination for a truly wild family time, your support will continue to fund the Arks ongoing mission to rescue animals and raise awareness of wildlife trafficking and the exotic pet trade.
Please see below to see how we are making your visit to the Ark safe and enjoyable.
The health and safety of our animals, visitors and staff is our number one priority. To help maintain social distancing we have introduced a number of measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all.
Here is how we are keeping our visitors safe:
- Do not visit if you are displaying symptoms of coronavirus. We will be happy to welcome you back, but not right now, it is not worth the risk.
- Cashless transactions. We would prefer card payments, preferably contactless payments including debit cards, credit cards, etc
- Cleaning – We will be cleaning much more regularly than normal but please try to avoid touching fences, windows, door handles, glass viewing panels, signs and play areas, etc.
- Providing hand sanitised and hand wash stations around the park. At regular stops around the park we have placed hand sanitizer and hand wash stations to make sure visitors can frequently wash their hands.
The Wildlife Park is open throughout the year except January.
Summer season, 10am – 5pm, Apr-Oct (7 days a week)
Winter season, 10am – 4pm, Nov-March (Closed all of January), Closed Mondays & Thursdays during Winter season except for School holidays.
Park may close during inclement weather, please check on our Facebook page for latest updates before travelling.
Closed Christmas & Boxing Day, New Years Day and January.
Last admission 1 hour before the park closes.
Daily Keeper talks
Animal talks (peak times) at 11.45 am & 2.45 pm, during special events encounter times may vary.
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.
If the above doesn’t work then you can simply log onto your amazon account.
- Go to Find a List or Registry.
- Enter Ark Wildlife Park
- Click Search.
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.
ARK Wildlife Park, West Fen Lane, Stickney
Every day at ARK:
- Animal encounters and twice daily reptile talks
Personal and group encounters:
- Meerkat meet and feed
- Small mammal keeper experience
- Meet the foxes
- Coati experience
- See experiences page for full details of encounters