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Wingham Wildlife Park
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Wingham
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Owner description: Wingham Wildlife Park is set within 26 acres in which we display over 200 different species... That is more than any other zoo in Kent! Including some species not seen anywhere else in zoos in the UK, Europe and even the world! As well as the all important animal collection we have 2 large play areas (both indoors and outdoors, making them fun all year), 2 restaurants (although one may be shut in the winter season) and a wide variety of animal talks, encounters and experiences!
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Since our last visit a new building is under construction which will house the booking office and obligatory gift shop, presumably to trap you on the way out hoping you'll spend even more on overpriced items to fund it. Generally the park is well kept but some of the paths need sorting as they're uneven and not very wheelchair friendly as I noticed an elderly person wincing as she was being pushed along them. One big gripe, the only way you can keep track of feeding times and keeper talks is to refer to the notice board as you enter so surely a print-out could be given out with the park guide to save missing some of them. Great news the elusive red panda on our last visit has a mate and both could be seen doing their thing, most enjoyable as they're very photogenic! One last observation, there's no disabled parking designation close to the entrance. Judging by the massive gaps between some cars, it's inconsiderate parking and an attendant shepherding them in wouldn't go amiss then late comers could get nearer the entrance.

Thank Richard A
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"play area"
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"lemur enclosure"
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"annual pass"
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"big cats"
in 71 reviews
"tropical house"
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"dinosaur attraction"
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"tiger experience"
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"wide variety of animals"
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"feeding times"
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"plenty of picnic tables"
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Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

The high spot was the way in which the keepers interacted with the animals , espeicially the penguins and the otters..The park and the experience has improved beyond compare.

Thank philandval1
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Reviewed 24 June 2014 via mobile

Amazing place to go, it was a hot day and still managed to see all the animals, all the birds and chickens are loose so they must be tame as it's a children's attraction, cheap entry fee compared to a zoo as well.! Lots of animals to see including a butterfly walkway and a bat cave, the tame animals we were able to stroke which was lovely, only thing letting the place down is the cafe and the prices egg on toast £2.20 which was one egg and one slice of toast, but other wise excellent place to take your children for a day out

1  Thank Charlotte F
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Review based on a weekend visit four adults and two grandkids
I had not heard of this place, it is very close to Howletts. I am not a huge fan of these places however I was impressed with the variety of stock and the friendliness and knowledge of the staff.
Car parking ( free) was easy.
Admission prices OK. An annual pass would be better value if you are able to make several visits.
Besides the critters there is an inside children's activity centre which was popular and helps to burn off excess energy! Tip, make sure you have socks, or they are available for GBP 1.00.

The pair of red pandas are charming.
The penguins are penguins, and the lemurs and meerkats also their cheeky selves.
The reptile house has a very good selection of snakes lizards etc.
The lions are rescued from a circus and appear to be content.
The cafe is reasonable.
Most importantly the children loved it. The 8 year old was able to take in the information and understand the messages about conservation and our responsibilities towards wildlife, the 4 year old just loved being close to so many animals.
The site is being developed and a large new building is under construction which should add further facilities, but there is enough here to make this a great day out for the family.

Any downsides? Not really. From a purely selfish point of view the security fences have quite small links which are challenging when taking photos, however I imagine these are standard gaps.

All in all. Highly recommended.

Thank tripeagle
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

This was our second visit and, again a very enjoyable and informative day.The first time we went was with the grandchildren, but this time our average age was 65.
Plenty of picnic tables, very helpful and informative staff. All the animals seemed to be happy and content, especially the lions who apparently had been rescued from a French circus.
We would recommend the zoo to all ages, even the drive there was quite pleasant.

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