Five Sisters Zoo

It’s the first week of school’s Easter holidays.  So how’s everyone coping with kids at home full time?  I’m off this week because my kids’ childminder is also off which is a perfect time to do something with the kids.  We were meant to go to Five Sisters Zoo for their Easter Treasure Hunt that Sunday.  Unfortunately, it was pouring rain so the idea just went out the window.  However, we went there last Tuesday instead.

Five Sisters Zoo is the only wildlife attraction centre in West Lothian, which is around 10 minutes drive from where we are.   The last time I had been to this Zoo was when I newly arrived here in the UK, one of the few places my husband brought me as he toured me around Scotland.

First time in Five Sister Zoo, taken last August 2008.
First time in Five Sisters Zoo, taken last August 2008.

Well, it’s nice to be back again, this time tagging along our two little kiddies.  Reimer and Ruby got all excited as soon as we entered the Zoo, they love to pet animals and see what each animals can do.

Just as well we arrived quite early because the place was mobbed later on that day.  After we paid the admission fees, we were handed with a map in spite of us telling them we have visited the place before because the Zoo is constantly developing and improving its facilities which means there’s always something new and interesting to look around.

They have this area they called as The Lost Kingdom which displays a host of species like tortoises, insects, crocodiles and snakes.  Inside is a walk-through area where you can experience a tropical climate and be able to see iguana, birds and bountiful of leaf cutter ants which have a trail that goes through their enclosure which they build their nest and farm their food.  So amazing to look at!

Reimer and Ruby got glued infront of these crocodiles.
Reimer and Ruby got glued infront of these crocodiles.
Harley the parrot that constantly says "Hello"
Harley the parrot that constantly says “Hello”
The amazing ant trail
The amazing ant trail on the rope.

 We’ve walked around the different parts of the Zoo and found variety of animals.   There are a lot of walk-through and walk-about areas where you can get close and personal with some friendly animals.  Isn’t it amazing?  Here’s more pics below:





The animals which I found the most fascinating are the Lions.  It was last October 2015 when the four ex-circus lions have safely arrived in the Zoo after it had been rescued.   This is made possible of course with the help of everyone through fundraising to achieve this fantastic mission.

It’s funny how a lot of kids were making their biggest roars to get the Lions’ attention but they’re rather snobbish.  Even Reimer and Ruby have tried their best waves but still unsuccessful… It would be better that way I suppose.   Anyhow, we managed to get a photo with the king of the jungle or should I say, the 4 kings of the Zoo.


Apart from the Lions, they also have 3 Bears which I’m also intruiged to see.  Unfortunately, as we walked past their enclosure, we have not seen them as they’re already sleepy and ready to hibernate.  You can click on this link to see their lovely bears.

Going around the entire Zoo, we came across their huge outdoor play area and picnic area which caught the kids eye the most.  Of course, we can’t go home just yet until they have a shot of the variety of rides.   I thought after a lot of walks inside the Zoo, they’ll be tired but obviously not, as they’re still full of beans to play.  They also have Gift Shop and most importantly, Brown Bear Cafe if you’re peckish and fancy something to eat and drink.


Reimer in his usual arms first going down the slide.
Reimer in his usual arms first going down the slide.
They both had so much fun in this ride, worth paying a £1 per ride.
They both had so much fun in this ride, worth paying a £1 per ride.

 Overall, it was a fabulous time out together as a family while we explore and discover animals of different sorts.

If you want to visit Five Sisters Zoo, just check their website for an updated opening times and admission prices.   You can also support them through donations so they can continue their aim to encourage conservation of endangered wildlife for both native and non native species, creating a safe and natural environment for all animals in their collection.

Does your kids love animals and loves going to Zoos?

Have you been to Five Sisters Zoo before?

Disclaimer:  This is not a sponsored post.  However,  I just want to show how beautiful Five Sisters Zoo have become and my simple way to support their objective.

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31 thoughts on “Five Sisters Zoo

  • Looks like your littles had a wonderful day, I have to admit I do love a day at the zoo. Reading this has made me realise we haven’t been for a while, maybe a trip to the zoo will have to go on our calendar soon 🙂 #whatevertheweather x

    • ReimerandRuby

      Yes, it’s just lovely seeing animals, seems relaxing, lol. Hope you’ll get to visit one too before summer ends!

  • It looks great there – what a fantastic play area! That is almost like the icing on the cake. We are members of a zoo and get so much out of going there. Even though we go regularly there is always something new. Last time we went, the lion came right over and roared right in front of us. It was AMAZING! Harry loved it and to be honest I squealed with excitement as well. I hope one day the ones at your zoo do that for you and your children 🙂 #whatevertheweather

    • ReimerandRuby

      Wow! I think that would be fun… although scary but it’s nice to see a Lion roar, haven’t seen it personally. The play area is definitely a hit, kids forgot about the animals as soon as they had the glimpse of the play area which is typical, lol. Thanks for dropping by!

  • I haven’t been to a zoo since I was a kid, your post has made me want to go! It looks like you had a fantastic day out 🙂 #whatevertheweather

  • It looks like that little otter is posing. So cute! Yes Lions really do look snobbish don’t they, just sitting their staring at you not moving. I love the zoo. The play parks here look absolutely fab! Especially those little zebra cars too. Zoo’s are always such brilliant days out. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather xx

    • ReimerandRuby

      So true… Zoos are brilliant days out with kids and having the play area is just a bonus. Thanks for stopping by!

  • I have not been to a zoo since we were in Canada nearly 6 years ago. It was in Peterborough near Toronto and was a free to enter zoo and runs off charity donations.

    • ReimerandRuby

      Zoo for free sounds fantastic, I think that will be mobbed. There’s no free zoo here, it does cost much but as long as kids loved it, that’s the main thing. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Looks like a lovely family day out. I haven’t heard of this zoo, which is weird as I live near Glasgow. Maybe a place, I should pay a visit too. I have been to BlairDrummond which is really good, they have lions there too.
    Lovely photos and lovely post.
    Amanda. #kcacols

    • ReimerandRuby

      I have been to Blairdrummond 2 yrs ago and it was also nice. I think we’ll be going back there again soon. Thanks for stopping by!

  • It looks like a great place to visit – and that play area is brilliant! I haven’t been to a zoo for years, hopefully we’ll get to take Marianna to Bristol Zoo soon though as that’s our nearest one. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday x

    • ReimerandRuby

      Zoos are just amazing for kids, apart from getting to know more of the animals, the play area is a bonus too. Thanks for stopping by!

  • It looks fab! I didn’t realise they had so much there! We haven’t been there, but I’ve heard of it and will definitely make a point of going with them this year, it’s not very far from us up here. Love the photo of you and the kids in front of the lions, it looks great! Hopefully the ex-circus lions are much happier now at the zoo? Thanks so much for liking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 xx

    • ReimerandRuby

      They are always improving their facilities, in fact when we went there, they’re trying to build something else, so there’s always something new every time. I think the Lions are much happier now, although they still look snobbish though, lol. Thanks for stopping by!

  • This looks amazing! I love a good zoo! #KCACOLS

  • Kooks wonderful! We’re going to our local zoo too for my son’s bday in a couple of weeks 🙂 #justanotherlinky

    • ReimerandRuby

      Hope you’ll have good fun visiting the zoo… and hope your little boy will have a good birthday too! Thanks!

  • wow, that adventure playground looks awesome! #BloggerClubUK

  • Wow, that playground is fantastic! We’ve just been to the Zoo recently too and our playground is tiny compared to your picture. Looks like you guys had a brilliant day out at the Zoo. Thanks for sharing with #PasstheSauce

    • ReimerandRuby

      So true, a trip to the Zoo is a brilliant family day out, isn’t it? Yep, their play area is huge, kids are actually more excited with it rather than looking at animals. lol Thanks for stopping by El!

  • What a lovely family day out. The Zoo looks amazing! Great photos
    Thank you for linking up to Just Another Linky x

  • This zoo looks amazing!! I love taking my kids to the zoo. It is always a place that we know they will enjoy a lot!! Watching all the different animals is amusing for them! That playground looks so much fun!!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again tomorrow!! 🙂 xx

    • ReimerandRuby

      Totally agree, kids won’t fail to get amused looking at the animals and having a play area is even a bonus. Thanks for dropping by!

  • Oh my look at that play area Monkey would be so excited by it – I would have trouble getting him away to look at the animals. That said a trip to the zoo is always at the top of his list. Will keep this one in mind if we are ever local. Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK I hope to see you again this week x

    • ReimerandRuby

      Yep, that play area is huge with a lot of rides on it. My kids definitely had good fun. Thanks

  • Looks like such a great place for kids to love animals and learn about them. We love zoos this one sounds great. Glad you had such a great time together here and made some memories to last. Thanks for sharing all your amazing captures on #ShareWithMe

    • ReimerandRuby

      Zoos are just amazing to visit at, kids learn at the same time they also enjoy the day out. Thank you for dropping by and for your lovely comment too!

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