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Long overdue visit

Wild Ireland has to be congratulate on their achievements to date. Compared to many zoos, animal... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Put this on your bucket list for Donegal

This is a must do if you visit Donegal. A wonderful sanctuary for the animals, you will be treated... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
AHilary
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 21 August 2021 via mobile

Although some of the comments from other people discuss park size, space for some animals, they are saving animals from awful situations, and have plans to expand. I think what they are doing is wonderful, we need to remember it's self funded for love of the animals and they are only getting started. Covid I'm sure hasn't helped them with funding larger areas. This park is a good thing which will improve further with our support.

Date of experience: August 2021
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Reviewed 17 August 2021 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to wild Ireland. We felt the price was reasonable. Took us about 2 hours to walk round everything. It was raining the day we went but enjoyed it nonetheless even though it’s all outside. Of course the bears were the highlight and the employee at the bear compound was very knowledgeable and great at answering any questions we had.

Date of experience: August 2021
1  Thank heatherpW4570SZ
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Reviewed 15 August 2021 via mobile

7 adults travelling from Kildare, Meath and Clare, visited here the August Bank Holiday weekend. We were really looking forward to it but left disappointed. At the beginning of the park there was this red fox and it looked so depressed. As one friend said afterwards, when I had shown her a photo of that fox, she has seen happier foxes from her back garden. We were in that fox's area for a while and didn't see it move once. You couldn't blame it as it had so little space to move around in that really small enclosure. My Patterdale Terrier would have more space to run around in my small back garden. This was a bad start to the park experience. The arctic fox was in a bigger enclosure but looked sad, lonely and was undernourished looking. We all would have expected the wolves enclosure to be bigger. The two tan and grey coloured wolves looked undernourished and kept running up and down the same strip by the right hand side fence. The snowy owls space to take flight and spread their wings (if they wanted to) looked very limited due to the angle of the net and how low it was in parts. On a positive note, the 2 bears looked well and their enclosure seemed adequate. Like other reviewers mentioned, we only saw 1 macaque monkey but that is to be expected sometimes in wild animal parks. I do think this park would benefit from better signage with more information on the animals and guides to answer the public's questions. We saw no guides anywhere during our walk around. I learnt more about the park from watching the 3 episodes on RTE than I did by going to the park itself. Maybe you could have an indoor / outdoor sheltered coffee/picnic area where the public could view snippets from that TV series - primarily the parts about 'the animals' and their history and where your sourced them from and the sanctuaries in Beglium, Holland and Australia that you visited, etc. Overall, we appreciate what you are trying to do here and know it is early days for this park. In the future, we would hope for visitors to see larger enclosures for 'all' the animals, as you seem to have the space there, less undernourished sad foxes, more information on the park and the animals and park guides who would intereact with the park visitors. Based on its current set up, we would not make a return visit and would not recommend.

Date of experience: August 2021
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Reviewed 14 August 2021

Highly commercialised, overpriced ZOO (adult €12, slow one-way walk through in 45min). The usual gift shop, playground, coffee and snacks etc., overcrowded with young families on a Saturday morning. Red and Arctic Foxes didn't look healthy. Small cages, other than what's being promoted.
This visit changed my idea about this place completely - for the worse.

Date of experience: August 2021
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Reviewed 14 August 2021 via mobile

As others have mentioned, this is an expensive experience which you’ll walk round in 30-40 mins. Quite a few of the animals weren’t visible (monkeys and others) and popular animals like the bears are hard to see due to crowding. No guides or no interaction for children. Tropical World in Letterkenny is cheaper and a far better quality animal experience where you can easily spend a whole morning or afternoon walking around and chatting with working animal keepers.

Date of experience: August 2021
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