My husband and I arrived at dusk and thought that it was closed. Instead we found an honor donation box and the gate was unlatched. We dropped in our two pounds each and tentatively walked inside.
It was a bit creepy being the only visitors as it was getting dark. We didn't see a single staff member and even encounter a sheep who had escaped it's enclosure and was desperate to get back it its friends. Unfortunately, as there was no workers around, we couldn't help the poor sheep. It was freaked out by the sight of us and we couldn't get anywhere near it.
I think this was more of a farm, than a petting zoo. With the exception of one nippy goat, all of the animals skittered away when we came near the fences. It's a great place to see animals, but don't expect much interaction. They really do have some beautiful creatures!
I don't agree with the reviews that the croft was run down or that the animals seemed unhappy. It felt more like a working farm, than a kids farm or something for entertainment. Maybe since it was dark, we couldn't see that it was run down? In any case, I've worked at a zoo and there was nothing about this place that seemed bad for the animals.
I enjoyed my visit here and would recommend it.
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