New Forest Wildlife Park

Type:Wildlife Park

New Forest Wildlife Park, Deerleap Lane, Longdown, Ashurst, Hampshire, SO40 4UH

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Come and meet Victor the red deer stag, Hamish the pine marten and Hettie the hedgehog at New Forest Wildlife Park and help us to conserve endangered species and rehabilitate injured animals from the wild. Our tame fallow deer wander freely through the deer enclosure or watch the 50+  harvest mice scurrying and keeping busy in their glasshouse home. Our two female lynx are experts at camouflage but they will be watching you!   If you are lucky you may be treated to the spine chilling sound of a genuine wolf howl which echoes round the park.  It’s great fun watching the lively Asian short-clawed otters at play or the giant otters splashing in their pool. There are polecats, mouflon, wild boar, wallabies, ferrets, Scottish wildcats, European bison, foxes and North American river otters to enjoy as you wander round the trail. It’s a great day out for all the family. There are many species of owls to admire, including snowy owls Chilli, Orkney and Herdi, little owls and barn owl Hobbit. You’ll learn fascinating facts from the friendly keepers on their daily feeding rounds.  

The New Forest Tour Bus red route goes right to the door in the summer months and there are special events in the school holidays. Check out or the park’s Facebook page for more information.

Due to the Corvid 10 to ensure your safety we have a one-way system in place around the park with arrows and signs to guide you.   Please respect these signs and the recommended social distancing.   We have suspended Keeper Talks for the moment but our keepers will be working and feeding the animals and are only too pleased  to stop and chat.  

The cafe is currently a one -way system for snacks, hot and cold drinks.

Unfortunately to adhere to Government guidelines the playgrounds will remain closed  until futher notice.

The Tropical Butterfly House is also closed for this season as it is a warm enclosed space with narrow paths which cannot comply with the virus guidelines.



Guide Prices

Adults - £12.50
Children (3-16 years) - £9.50
Seniors - £11.50
Family (2A+2C or 1A+3C) - £38.00
Disabled Adult - £11.50
Disabled Child - £7.50
1 Carer free
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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Guided tours for groups


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs) - Registered assistance dogs permitted in certain areas
  • Gift shop
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Exit 3 from M27 onto M271 - signed Southampton Docks. At Redbridge roundabout turn right onto A35 towards Lyndhurst. Before Ashurst turn left   following brown tourist signs to the New Forest Wildlife Park on Deerleap Lane. The nearest railway station is Ashurst, which is 4 miles away but you need to book a taxi.  Deerleap Lane does not have any pavements.

During the summer months the New Forest Tour bus red route can be used to vist the park.

Public Transport Directions

From June to September the New Forest Wildlife Park is on the red route fo the New Forest Tour Bus.  Further details on our website.


  • Other AwardsGo New Forest Member Go New Forest Member 2018

Opening Times

Open New Year

* SPRING/SUMMER - 10am to 5.30pm
AUTUMN/WINTER - 10 am to 4.30pm (dusk)

Last entry 1 hour 30 minutes before closing time.

Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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