Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park

Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park

Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park
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3.5
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Graham s
7 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
Some people have, I believe, given the wildlife centre a fair amount of criticism. What should be realised is that this centre is run by a husband and wife and a small team. They rely on donations as well as admission fees to keep the centre open. The upkeep costs just keep rising, hence the need to contain expense. They are not sponsored by any major companies or institutions and do a really good job.
Yes the approach road has some rough patches and the hedges could do with a trim. So what? They are obviously doing their hardest despite the odds.
Worth a repeat visit? Yes as your support is much needed and appreciated.
Written August 19, 2015
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ImmigrantTyke
Knaresborough, UK356 contributions
Oct 2014 • Family
I love what the people at the park are trying to do here. If you are expecting a zoo like London Zoo or Chester Zoo, forget it. This is more homely and gets you really close to the animals and the reason behind the need for conservation. A good variety of animals with some running free. Not a good site for wheelchair access and the driveway to it is a nightmare if you meet a car coming in the opposite direction. You may find yourself having to reverse quite a long way. I did. It is worth the effort though and very reasonably priced. Snake handling time is 14.00 and is great for the kids. The young lady keeper was brilliant. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic.Well done all concerned. Lots of nature trails if you enjoy walking too. If your kids like animals, GO THERE!!!!!!!!
Written October 18, 2014
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shefftribe
Sheffield, UK22 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
This is a great day out with a variety of animals to see. Lemurs and meerkats run free aswell as a couple of tortoises so be on the lookout. Some animals are hard to see as they are shy animals or prefer the shade but most are visible. the cafe sells a range of food and drink.

The downside to the visit is the access road which is full of deep potholes but is still well worth a visit
Written August 27, 2014
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gailwilson75
Glasgow, UK3 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
This wildlife park should be shut down . We went five adults and 2 children. Many enclosures empty, many no animals to be found. Many animals seemed distressed especially one of the rare cats , it was just pacing backwards and forwards clearly distressed. I don't believe that All these rare animals should be living in the same overgrown vegetation. Owls in a concrete pit! I'm sorry I left with tears in my eyes....these poor animals. To end it all un talkative , unfriendly staff !
Written July 2, 2016
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SandrS10
Goole, UK92 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
Well where do I start, the road to the place was horrendous and if you met anyone coming the other way it would have been practically impossible to pass. The place itself looked unloved and the animals were in enclosures that looked far too small the whole place was a total let down for somewhere that is supposed to be promoting conservation I would have expected much more. I would not recommend this place to anyone
Written June 2, 2016
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David H
Port William, UK35 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
Bitterly disappointed, my wife was greatly upset at the conditions the animals are kept in. Several were suffering mental health problems typically illustrated by constant pacing along the same path. Very little to stimulate the animals and most looked bored. Two Macaws kept in a small aviary with no space to fly. This is supposed to be a conservation park, but many of the animals were alone, can't do much conservation with those!! The Meerkats sign indicated that they are used to living in groups of 20-30, so why have just 2?. The enclosure sizes for some of the animals are good but dilapidated which is presumably why they have had several escapes. I first visited 14 years ago and there seems very little in the way of improvement, just steady decay and fewer animals and empty enclosures, in fact, the path at the far end has been closed.
The road up to the park is full of potholes and you will soon need a 4WD to reach it, this is despite 2 old heaps of scallop shells which could be used as infill. The paths around the park have not had any maintenance for years and are muddy and wet. There are loads of fallen branches around the park which, with the purchase of a chipper, could be turned into woodchip cheaply to improve the pathways.

The upside is that the kids get to handle and feed the animals and some of the staff are very knowledgeable.

Come on - this is the start of the visitor season, a few days of "tarting up", cleaning seats that are covered in moss, getting rid of mud on the footpaths etc etc would make a huge difference.
Some staff training is needed as a sense of pride in the place. I found out when I got home that we had been charged £5 each instead of £6.50 concession rate, the people in front of us wanted to do the Easter Egg hunt, but there were no sheets printed - On Easter Monday!!
Written April 17, 2017
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Kerri1706
Glasgow, UK2 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
The whole place is very run down. No one was even in the reception area when we arrived and had to wait 5 or so minutes until someone appeared. Most the enclosures are over grown and in serious need of upkeep. A lot of animals are in enclosures alone and many were pacing and looks unhappy. Some enclosures looked far too small. They also didn't look very secure. There was an escaped Meerkat when we arrived. Think there should be some concerns about the welfare of the animals.
Written March 23, 2017
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Wiccanmoon
Ayr, UK39 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
Visited this today and it was just awful! I'm a degree student who studies countryside management, preservation, conservation and ecology. In my opinion There's only two reasons to keep animals in such places and that's for education and the conservation of the species. This park does neither! The only excuse I can see for its existence is a financial one. The road to the park would almost take the exhaust off your car, a family ticket for 2adult and 2 children was £23, the 'cafe' area looked dirty and I most certainly would not have a coffee there let alone eat anything, the 'gift' area had about 5 selections of overpriced stuffed toys and masks and the attendant on the gate didn't lift his eyes from his iPad when we went into the cafe. Now onto the animals, overgrown enclosures, animals that were constantly parading up and down and looking for a way to escape over fencing, electric fencing in evidence, species that were large family oriented kept only in pairs, a walkway round the park that was poorly managed and maintained... In fact it was quite upsetting and everything that I stand against and will petition to change when I qualify as a manager! Conservation? I can't see the argument there. Educational? Yes... But only to educate why places like this should be closed. Totally disgusted with the whole experience and wish i had never visited.
Written July 30, 2016
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lizz_6
Dumfries, UK21 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
As someone who has studied animal care I am saddened to see that most of the animals here are acting out most of the signs of stress from captivity such as pacing. The wooden enclosures are rotten and damp, the Owls enclosure has mouldy faeces on the ground, Tapirs have no bedding to lie on the concrete floor at this time of year! Guinea pigs are bred back to back for breeding to sell on for profit, mouldy water bottles, no pregnant female is taken out to give birth in private nor do they have the bedding to make a nest to labour in. The crane is very vocal until you go and speak to him he's very lonely and will follow you until he can no longer see past the end of his enclosure. All these and so much more! The cafe isn't the cleanest and it's the same temp as the outside same as the toilets which need a serious upgrade and clean. So disheartening to see these animals in such a depressing environment they are clearly suffering. A much needed cash injection is desperately needed to upgrade this place and to offer the animals some mental stimulation. Oh and be careful of the road up its got so many pot holes that are so deep you can see Australia!
Written February 27, 2016
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Crazy crew
North Ayrshire, UK5 contributions
Oct 2015 • Family
The drive to the park was dreadful, if I had known in advance I would not have visited the park.
I visited the park on a bright morning, however the park was dull and damp, all the enclosures were damp and wet and the wood was rotten.
This was the same case with the picnic benches, they were a disgrace, noone could have used them.
I went the toilets to wash my hands, toilets were filthy and there was no running hot water.
Never ever would i recommend this park to anyone to visit, I paid £20 for nothing.
Written October 10, 2015
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