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Rare Species Conservation Centre - CLOSED

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Such a Shame

This place has closed due to expense. Unfortunately, the less intelligent of our country prefer to... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2016
Why has it closed?!

Just come on here to leave a brilliant review and have found out from over reviews that it's... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2016
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  • Very good20%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
1 Nov 2016
“Such a Shame”
22 Jun 2016
“Why has it closed?! ”
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Bellar's Bush Dover Road, Sandwich CT13 0DG, England
+44 1304 611528
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

This place has closed due to expense. Unfortunately, the less intelligent of our country prefer to visit zoo's and peer at monkeys through glass windows. It is a diabolical shame that this has happened. The animals have all be moved on to places they will...More

2  Thank LondonMother
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Just come on here to leave a brilliant review and have found out from over reviews that it's closed?! Why? :( and what's happened to all of the animals? It's going to play on my mind now! I came here a while back with my...More

Thank Joandiena
Reviewed 21 February 2016

Has the rare breeds centre at sandwich closed down, after all the money being spent on it. Where have all the animals gone.

43  Thank magi1952
Reviewed 14 October 2015 via mobile

Having looked at the leaflets avaliable at the holiday centre we saw the Slow Loris which we have been quite taken by. After enjoying the animals on offer I had to ask about Mr. Loris I was advised that that area had been closed off...More

5  Thank Phil T
Reviewed 10 October 2015 via mobile

Although it was expensive here, i was quite looking forwards to seeing the finished product of this quaint yet lovely little zoo. Sad that it has shut.

Thank Lauren G
Reviewed 22 September 2015 via mobile

So unbelievably sad to hear this place is / has closed. I am not one for zoo's as I don't believe you should keep animals in captivity but having met the staff and seeing how the animals were kept I can honestly say I am...More

8  Thank Poppy - Florenc... W
Reviewed 20 September 2015

Animals living in cramped conditions, looked very sad. I would never take my family there again. Expensive too.

Thank jja20
Reviewed 26 August 2015

A small but brilliant zoo nestled in the countryside. Most of the animals on display are rarely-seen and unusual species. The site is nicely landscaped, and half of the enclosures are indoors in the tropical hall, including two sets of clouded leopard cubs (beautiful and...More

2  Thank Nayer Y
Reviewed 25 August 2015 via mobile

Costing over £60 for one adult and four kids I would have expected it to have taken a lot longer than half an hour to go round. Oh yes, and twelve quid for four soft drinks? Seriously?

1  Thank ADogCalledDexter
Reviewed 24 August 2015

This is an interesting place to visit with some beautiful animals. It's probably best the think of the place as a charity which you can visit the workings of, rather than a traditional zoo. The site is clearly a work in progress with new areas...More

Thank ChrisfromParis
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