The Five Sisters Zoo offers a wonderful opportunity to get up close to over 180 different species of animals, birds and reptiles from around the world.
There’s lion's, lemurs and lynx, bears, meerkats and monkeys, parrots and porcupines, bat earred foxes, bunnies, reindeers and raccoons to name but a few, all adding up to an exciting, educational and great value visit for all the family. There’s keeper talks and feeding sessions throughout the day and if you fancy getting up close, why not join in with one of our 3 daily handling sessions with snakes, bearded dragons, tortoises, hedgehogs and giant African land snails. A definite favourite are the ring tailed lemur feeding sessions, where you are able to hand feed these amazing and gentle creatures. Kids also love the hands on half day zoo keeper experiences (these must be booked in advance).
In March 2012 the Zoo welcomed Peggy, Carmen and Suzy to their new woodland enclosure following 6 months of public fundraising to reach a target of £80,000. These three brown bears had endured 20+ years of life travelling round Europe with a circus, living in horrifically cramped cages. The bears have thrived since arriving, learning how to be bears, forage for food and even hibernated last winter for the first time in their lives.
The Zoo has recently welcomed two Artic Wolves from Hungary - Luna and Aria - with a large new enclosure and they are thriving.
A new Tropical House has now been completed, following the devastating fire in April 2013, when the reptile house was destroyed. The public support was overwhelming and donations to total around £90,000.
Ofcourse we can't forget about the spectacular arrival of 4 circus lions who are now settled in after their journey from Belgium!
School and special interest groups are also welcomed or the Zoo Keepers can visit your school with a selection of animals with talks being tailored to suit the curriculum for excellence topic.
The Zoo also offers a cafe, a large picnic area, a gift shop and a large indoor/outdoor play area.
Adults £11.95, children (+3) £9.95, concessions are £10.45 and family day pass of 2 adults and 2 children is £34 (additional children at £7.95.)
Handling Sessions - £2.00 per person
Lemur Feeds - £5.00 per person
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Five Sisters Zoo on their YouTube channel.
The zoo is located about half a mile from the A71
The nearest train station to the Zoo is West Calder which links to Glasgow Central and Waverley Station and operates a reliable and frequent service during peak times.
If you are planning to travel by train, five sisters are happy to pick you up and return you to West Calder Train Station, at no charge, if the mini bus is available. Please call on the morning of your visit before travel, to advise of your arrival time and check the availability of the minibus.
First Bus is the main bus company with routes along the A71 linking Polbeth and West Calder to Livingston Town Centre. Visitors travelling by bus from Edinburgh would have to change at Livingston Bus Station.
If the minibus is available then Five Sisters would be happy to pick you up from Livingston Bus Station and return you there at the end of your visit. Please call on the morning of your visit before travel, to advise of your arrival time and check the availability of the minibus.