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Dingle Wildlife & Seal Sanctuary
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Owner description: Open mid-May through September. Closed during winter.The DWSS officially opened its doors to the public in June of 2010 and is working around the clock with a team of hardworking resident volunteers to care for any animal in need in Ireland.The Dingle Wildlife & Seal Sanctuary (DWSS) rescues orphaned, wounded and starving seal pups and releases them back into the wild as soon as they have a clean bill of health. The DWSS provides a west coast home for seals and any wildlife in need, and provides the funds and facilities essential to servicing the needs of the animals, promoting their conservation and protection and developing the harmonious and sustainable ecotourism industry of the area. Set on 22 acres of beautiful lakes and wetlands, the DWSS is an ideal location to visit the Seal Sanctuary, learn about the rehabilitation process and meet the resident rescued seal-pups. Wander along the Nature Trail board walks to enjoy the wildlife. Feed our resident bird collection of Ducks, Geese, Swans and Peacocks or play with one of our adorable Kid Goats. We have a stunning children’s adventure playground featuring a large wooden castle, a bouncy castle and a fantastic climbing frame. Enjoy a relaxing paddle around our beautiful lakes on one of our pedalo boats. Pick up a souvenir from our Gift shop and treat yourself in our authentic farm fresh café offering delectable nibbles, warming coffees and much more at Blúiríní Blasta.
Reviewed February 27, 2013

stopped to pass away an hour ended up spending an afternoon.all in our group ages 7 up to 80 felt it was one of the highlites of our trip.Food,educational,play,just brilliant.

1  Thank Ritchie2013
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

What a super place! The volunteers at the sanctuary care for seals rescued off the shores of Ireland; they're brought from as far away as Sligo and Donegal, rehabilitated until they're in good, healthy condition, then returned to the exact place that they were discovered. This is the only seal sanctuary in Ireland.

All the volunteers were friendly and welcoming and happy to answer any questions. We watched them feed the seals, and then we went for a walk along the board walk: gorgeous views of the Peninsula from the walk!

The children enjoyed feeding the ducks and kids, and then we hired a pedalo and had fun on the water. There's also a small playground for younger children on site.

Inspirational for those interested in animal welfare and good family entertainment.

1  Thank Sarnia G
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

We were pleasantly suprised with this,, great value for money,
very friendly and knowledgeable staff, small number of seal pups, loads of ducks and birds to feed, great playground,. Pedaloes to rent for 10 euro and a restaurant/cafe that was very reasonable with good food and very efficient staff , where nothing was a problem. I would definetly go back, and would put it on any to do list for dingle!

Thank samantha o
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

very interesting, the staff is nice and gives great explanations about their activity and the purpose of the sanctuary.

Thank Mgd28
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

We were met by a friendly team member at the front desk, she gave us lots of information on the seals and their other animals, she explained there was a walk way throughout and we could take a little boat trip as well.
When we started our walk around we came in contact with many different types of swans ducks and geese. Food can be bought for them and they are very comfortable eating it out of the little dishes! Some of the chicks are so relaxed we could gently pet them.
When we got around to the seals we saw sick seals been feed and looked after so well ,it was explained to us the different stages of feeding and when they are well and healthy they are released back to the sea.
My view well worth a visit and we will be calling aging when we are in the area!

Thank Nollag265
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