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“Mixed Feelings”

Barbados Wildlife Reserve
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$132.00*
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Natural Wonders of Barbados Tour including Harrison's Cave
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: See the wildlife of the tropics: hares, otters and lots of monkeys.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Mixed Feelings”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

The wildlife reserve is in a great location, a nice place to visit; but there are two side to this attraction. On one hand you have an attractive, shady walk along brick laid paths where you can see deer, tortoises and the Barbados green monkeys without barriers or fences. There are also many other species such as armadillos, birds and reptiles to see. Feeding time is around 2pm when a wheelbarrow full of food is deposited in an open location and the uncaged animals come to eat. They are completely unfazed by the humans, and calmly sit out in the open eating their lunch. On the other hand, the brick paths are uneven and can be slippery and dangerous. Don't wear flip flops! Some of the areas are rundown and need a little TLC. The reptiles are kept in glass display cases, the beautiful parrots and macaws did look sad and the cayman lay in dank, dark pools. However, it was a interesting to see the animals in their native environment and the monkeys are free to come and go as they please. They are not caged in any way. Worth a visit, but I don't think I would go again.

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Great for the free-roaming animals - not great for the caged ones”
Reviewed February 14, 2014

This 'wildlife reserve' is beautiful and really well maintained. On the whole it's lovely to visit and most of the animals look very content and healthy - epecially the abundant monkeys, tortoises and deer who roam free and seem care-free - actually unphased by the human visitors. The downside is that it also seems to double up as a zoo - with most of the birds in small cages, some on their own - the worst was seeing magnificent and intelligent Macaws in cages - this should be phased out and the attraction be true to itself as a wildlife reserve. At the very least, all the birds should be in aviarys, not cages. I would like my comments to be passed on to the owners but couldn't find a way of contacting the organisation.

When visiting, it would be great if everyone expressed these concerns - then hopefully, things may slowly change - apparently in the past they used to keep some of the monkeys caged and after - understandably - this caused outrage, they put an end to it.

Visited February 2014
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Mystic, Connecticut
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“Great place”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

Fun to walk the shady pathways and get out of the sun for a bit! Snack bar food isn't great, but it's there. Great to see the animals.

Visited February 2014
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
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“Green Monkeys”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

Well worth a visit, monkeys everywhere, good value as you also get to see the signal house attraction. lots of animals, interesting place

Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Enjoyable visit”
Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Really enjoyable place to visit and while away an hour or two. Loads of tortoise's, deer and monkeys around at feeding time which was really fun to watch. A few snakes, iguanas and birds as well but the main attraction is definitely the monkeys. Would recommend you time your visit to ensure you're there when the monkeys are around if you can. Paths are made of brick so are uneven so would think would be an issue for people with limited mobility eg in wheelchairs / elderly but absolutely fine for able bodied people. Definitely recommend stopping if you are driving past.

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