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One of Knowsley's famous baboons, photographed from inside a car
Knowsley Safari Park is a tourist attraction in the borough of Knowsleymarker on the outskirts of Liverpoolmarker, Englandmarker. The park was also home to a former RAF airfield which closed at the end of World War II.

Zoological collection

Situated on the famous estatemarker of Lord Derby, the vast reserve is home to many different animals including elephants, giraffes, lions, bongo, tigers and baboons. The Derby Estate have a tradition of keeping animals, ever since the famous artist and nonsense-poet Edward Lear was employed there in the 19th century to paint pictures of the Earl's collection. Smaller animals, including domestic pets, are also kept on site as part of the attractions for visitors. The 'Bug House' provides a collection of insects.


The park is open to the public and customers must drive around the park in their own vehicles, there is a car friendly bypass route past the baboons for those who don't want to risk damage to their car, as these animals have attracted a certain reputation for mistreating the vehicles of their visitors, and generally loutish behaviour. Spoof TV presenter Alan Partridge remarked of monkeys that "if you’ve been to Knowsley Safari Park and they’re pulling the wipers off your windscreen and nicking your hub caps, you lose sympathy.

In 2009 the baboons made the news all over the world when a video was released showing how they were intelligent and curious enough to open car roofboxes.

Railway and other attractions

The park features a gauge railway, 'The Lakeside Railway', on which visitors may tour parts of the site. There is also a collection of amusements and fairground rides on site plus paintballing, off-road driving challenges and aerial extreme ropewalks.


  1. Alan Partridge on the park's primates (script)
  2. Baboons video on YouTube

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