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Curraghs Wildlife Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Ballaugh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Curraghs Wildlife Park is on the Ballaugh Curragh which is a site of special scientific interest and designated as an internationally recognised wetland habitat of importance (Ramsar site). With nearly 100 different species set in over 30 acres of open walk through exhibits and a beautiful tranquil setting this is a wildlife Park with a difference. The Park is s laid out in geographic regions; African Bush, Asian Swamp, European Marsh, Amazon forest, American Trail, Outback and the Pampas. In the popular children's adventure play ground area you will find the Meerkats and Prairie dogs. The Orchard line miniature railway is one of the longest miniature railway line in the British Isles and is loved by all ages, it runs every Sunday as well as other holiday days. With the Giant Bouncy Jumping Pillow and Mni-diggers this is the premier all day attraction on the Isle of Man. For rainy days there is an indoor soft play area to keep the kids entertained.Summer 2014 will see the adition of an exciting new play area called 'Enchanted Wood'. The restaurant is open every day and serves everything from snacks, home baking and ice creams to sit down meals. The nature trail is an excellent easily accessible way to see the Curragh (Manx willow bog) and all the diverse indigenous species it supports. You can spend a whole day here and just relax but even if you only have a couple of hours it's still worth the visit. We are open every day from 10am-6pm from Easter until the end of October, in the winter we are open weekends and school holidays. We are a BIAZA and EAZA member attraction.
Reviewed 19 July 2014

We have been to lots of wildlife parks over the years with the kids - and this one is good with lots of animals and other attractions such as the giant jumping pillow - a must try for the adults too!!
The initial impression was a little poor - as few animals on show - but improved substantially as we made our way around the park. I felt the staff could have made more of an effort to be interactive. We rushed to the meerkats for 2pm feeding time as stated on the signs. to see a keeper appear, throw some bits of fruit into the enclosure and walk away!! Would have been nice to have had a mic so that he could have given the kids some info about the animals during feeding time etc as seen in many other parks nowadays.We did land lucky however when we met up with another keeper, and he told us all the animals on his feeding round, following him meant we saw the elusive red pandas, mongoose and lynx - which we wouldn't have seen otherwise. All in all a nice attraction and we all spent a fun day with the animals - kids loved watching the peacocks strutting around freely with their babies in tow.

Thank Fiona M
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Kathleen G, General Manager at Curraghs Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2014

We are really glad you had a good day out and thank you for some very valuable feedback which I will pass to all staff.

During the summer month weekends and every day in the school holidays here which started 20th July this year we have a whole ‘what’s on’ program running and a printed copy of the day’s activities (which change from day to day). The Meerkat feed is accompanied by a microphone talk during those times and delivered by our volunteer discovery team but it is just a feed outside those times . I do feel we let you down slightly the day you turned up to the Meerkat feed as most keepers are happy to chat to visitors so we apologise for that. We recognise how a keeper can really improve a person’s visit and as you found; one of the keepers was indeed happy to oblige. We are quite a spacious park with around 400 animals which are not all tightly packed and have plenty of natural coverage so one way of looking at it is they have plenty of space and are not forced on show. Thanks for a very fair review, the negatives are noted and will be addressed as well as the positives.

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

Very enjoyable day out, thought it was great how close visitors could get to the animals. After visiting many zoos, I have rarely been so close to the animals before and there were so many to see and the walk around the park was a beautiful one and very well laid out. The café and kids play area was great. Large variety of animals, something for everyone!

Thank Clare B
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Kathleen G, General Manager at Curraghs Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2014

We are very pleased you had a very enjoyable day. What you say about the closeness of animals echo’s many of our visitor’s impressions. Hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

Came with my girlfriend who is from the UK and is therefore more accustomed to large zoos, so thought she wouldn't think much of the wildlife park. But I was mistaken! She loved the friendly staff and great animal enclosures, (spent 40 mins with the monkeys), also the integration between guests and animals was brilliant! Really made a great impression for her first visit to the IOM. Only thing to let it down was what looked like general damage around the park which could be updated.

Thank James G
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Kathleen G, General Manager at Curraghs Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2014

We are really pleased that you found the Park a pleasurable experience and wrote about it! Many UK visitors do not expect the Isle of Man to have a Wildlife Park of such a size and I think you are spot on about the interaction with visitors, this is often what our UK visitors tell us; that they like the fact you can wonder through some animal enclosures and paddocks in a spacious and natural environment.

I’m not totally sure what you mean by general damage but I will assume that you are referring to ongoing work in progress, it never really stops here. We are replacing bit by bit some of our older areas of the Park, we have made a lot of progress and many people comment on how much the appearance of the Park has improved in the last 2-3 years but we would admit that we still have more to do. Thanks for supporting your local Park and keep visiting to see more developments!

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

I went to the Wild Life Park today with my friends for a different day out. Our first impressions were that the park looked poorly maintained and ill kept. The water in the penguin enclosure looked extremely dirty. As we walked around we saw very few animals.. maybe they were keeping themselves out of the sun. The animals we did see were mainly singular e.g. the tapir. This has been similar to previous visits. Despite this, the meerkats, prairie dogs, bats, monkeys and many more were all excellent enclosures. There is also plenty of fun things for children to do e.g. the bouncy pillow, diggers, train and park. The cafe is also very good. Overall a good day out but could be better maintained.

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Kathleen G, General Manager at Curraghs Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2014

Thanks for writing about your experience, and we are glad you enjoyed the day. The penguin pool does fluctuate in clarity at times, when the weather is sunny it can cause excess algae bloom (this does not adversely affect the penguins but isn’t ideal for visitors) which we do get on top of after a few days so usually the penguin pool is reasonably clear. We are planning at the moment to give the penguin enclosure a re-vamp and extension which should be complete by the end of the year.

The Tapir has indeed been on his own for a while since his old companion passed away. As a BIAZA zoo we co-ordinate globally for breeding many species, the studbook keeper has identified a mate in France and the move is due to happen imminently. With the rain and sun in early June the grass and vegetation has come up very quickly but we are on top of the strimming and grass cutting (for the moment). We value our visitor’s feedback; please feel free to ask any members of staff questions on your visit we are happy to answer questions. We have quite a lot of animal moves to do this year, we have just received a new Red Panda and are also due to bring in another fishing cat and squirrel monkey. Local support is really important to us; to enable us to make even more improvements.

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Reviewed 21 June 2014

A grear day out with Son in law, My Daurther, My wife and me Plus 2 Grand SonsLots of differant Animals, Plus Differant Plant Life, Overall a great 4 hours. Evan if it was drizzing.

Thank johnlearx300
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Kathleen G, General Manager at Curraghs Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2014

Thanks for reviewing us and we are glad you had a great day!

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