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Ponderosa Zoo

4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)
  • Batley
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas, Zoos and Wildlife Parks, Parks and Playgrounds

Attraction Information


Ponderosa Zoo has everything you could wish for, being home to over 120 animals and featuring multiple outdoor areas for your kids to discover. You and your little animal lovers are sure to have a wild time there! 

With a huge selection of animals, from wallabies to African crested porcupines, Ponderosa Zoo even has a reptile house if your kids love slithering snakes! And once you’ve seen all the animals, head on over to the man-made beach and pirate ship in the sand, or to the adventure playground with it’s very own zipwire, your little adventurers will be able to fly like bats or run like reindeer. 

Planning a weekend visit? You can also learn about all these amazing animals with educational talks. You could even sign up for a personal encounter with one of the furry residents! 

  • Over 120 animals to meet & learn about 
  • Outdoor adventure playground 
  • Pirate ship on the sand 

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Opening hours

1st April - October 25th 
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

26th October - 31st March 
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Last Entry

1 hour before attraction closes


General Admission
Adults: £6.75
Kids: £5.50
Concessions: £5.50
Under-3s: FREE 
Family (2 adults, 2 kids OR 1 adult, 3 kids): £21.00

Travel & Contact Information


Smithies Lane, Heckmondwike, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF16 0PN, England

Phone number

01924 235276



Click here to visit Ponderosa Zoo's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, Ponderosa Zoo is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, Ponderosa Zoo have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Assistance/Guide Dogs only


Lovely little Gem 5 out of 5 stars

Always took my kids here and always had a enjoyable day ,easy to spend a day here and take a picnic or The a cafe was always good ,my son always remembers the day he stroked a animal which was in the keepers arms It would be lovely for them to get support to maintain this lovely family place as there is so much more they could do to improve and expand I’m off today as I have not been for a while as kids have now grown up and I’ve been away for a few years so it will be interesting to see how it has changed So it’s a lovely day today so off just me and hubby will write a review when I get back


Disappointing 2 out of 5 stars

Many of the enclosures were missing the animals and it didn't seem well maintained.

Lovely day out at a great price 5 out of 5 stars

Went recently with our 1 year old and thought it was fab. Loads to see, animals well cared for and tons of great play areas for the kids. We’ll definitely be bringing our little one back as she gets older. Also, it was lovely to hear the enthusiasm of the animal keepers discussing their work amongst themselves as we walked round, and all part of a great cause too. Definitely well worth the money, much more to see than some of the other large and less reasonably priced attractions!

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