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“So so sad!”

Rare Species Conservation Centre
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 actually heart broken it's closed. Every single staff member is completely into the well being of the animals. They were full of knowledge and happy to chat with you about everything. The conditions of the animals were amazing, I've often been to zoo's where the animals look sad/dazed and confused but they all looked happy here and they were often taken out their enclosures and played with. My faves were the binturongs.

Good luck to all the staff and well done for trying so hard to keep this place going. If I was rich I'd buy it and keep it alive!

Let's hope all the animals continue to be kept as well as they were kept here - where ever they end up x

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed 20 September 2015

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

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank jja20
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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 entertaining Asian cats). Entry is currently discounted as the zoo will close permanently on Monday.
Catch some of the brilliant talks throughout the day. Staff are brilliant and If you have any interest in learning about new animals, or of seeing different creatures to those which you're used to in zoos, I can't recommend a visit enough.

Date of experience: August 2015
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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?

Date of experience: August 2015
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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 under construction. It's pretty small and somewhat cramped but is nicely kept.
The enclosures are not huge but I imagine they're big enough for the animals. There's plenty of information posted on each animal.

It's definitely worth going around the areas twice to check on enclosures that seemed empty first time around as animals that were hidden first time around can be out in the open half an hour later.

The site is small but when we were there every visitor we passed was wandering around effectively lost - unsure whether there was more to see in a particular area or whether there was another section to visit or not. A photocopied map would be extremely welcome and would cost the owners practically nothing to produce.

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank ChrisfromParis
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