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“They are open Again!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rare Species Conservation Centre - CLOSED

Rare Species Conservation Centre
Certificate of Excellence
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Maidstone, England, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“They are open Again!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2014

Without doubt- this place must get 5 stars as its all about the animals and less about the Humans. That's what we go to Zoos for- and to learn something!
The facility has re-opened after a year or so shutdown and is work in progress as far as its expansion. It mainly has cats- from Malayan Tigers- one male, one female- to small critter-sized ones that look as if you could take one home!
The trip we made was on the Sunday over the Easter weekend- yes, the day it rained- That was good- as most people didn't flock there and we got the personal attention- the minders/keepers are real enthusiasts and go the extra mile to answer questions- they have an 11-week old Clouded-Leopard - who is a real show stealer- we were there at feeding time and she's just like a large kitten- she jumps out of her pen into her minders arms. There's also her two elder siblings- who are 8 months old- and it gives young and old a chance to see why there's creatures wouldn't make good house pets and how big they grow.
Its not all about cats, although we are biased, its got a fair collection of rare Sun-Bears, marmosets, and other assorted rare animals. The pens are spotless and the glass is clean- hopefully my picture will load up to demonstrate. Theres a coffee shop and reasonable sized car park. If you are going to visit- make it soon- before Sandwiches Best Kept secret gets out- you wont be sorry you did!

Visited April 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Really enjoyable. Animals seem very well cared for.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

Good Friday. Trying to find somewhere new to go. Then we saw this place had been revamped and reopened. We had a super time, especially the photographers among us.

Although I am sure all will be made welcome, this is not a place with wide open spaces and quite a lot of the animals are indoors in 'the jungle'. Because of this, we think the RSCC is probably best suited for adults and families with children who are likely to be able to rein in their exuberance a bit whilst watching the animals and also how the expert keepers interact with the animals.

The keepers were very available and it was a treat to talk with them and to hear what they had to say.

The park was not quite fully open last week but will be soon. Malayan Tigers, Sun Bears, Clouded Leopards and many other smaller cute and interesting species made our day out a real pleasure.

We were there 5 hours but I think most people would find 3.5 to 4 hours plenty just now until the last bit opens...which it is clear will be soon.

The shop is good for cuddlies and the hot drinks are nice but there are only snacks and sweets just yet.

Well worth supporting.

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