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Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Comrie
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

My husband and I decided to travel up to auchengarrich as it was something we had wanted to do for ages x it was such a great day out x we enjoyed looking at all the different animals and the staff were very knowledgeable and friendly x we have spent a good few hours up here and enjoyed the scenery and tranquility aswell x it was well worth the 3 hour round trip x Thankyou everyone for a pleasant day and will highly recommend x very reasonably priced aswell xx

1  Thank Stacey B
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Really tasty food and all at a really good price. Huge portions - especially the soup and sandwich deal.

Thank AHMcN
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

Previous review is utter rubbish, left by people who are presumably serial moaners ?
My Family are all grown up now but we have many happy memories of your lovely Wildlife Park, Animals and Staff and Auchingarrich is a much loved , and VERY popular visitor attraction in the area.
Your response was excellent and showed great professionalism......just what I would expect from a hard working Farmer who cares about his Park and the animals in it.
Keep up the good work because even though the moaners will always moan .....generally about everything, their satisfaction is always short lived and they will never be content. You however, will know exactly what it is to be content I'm sure.

7  Thank SheenaghMac
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Andrew S, Owner at Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2018

Thank you very much for your words of support, they are very much appreciated by myself and my Team. My family like yours, was brought up visiting the centre which was a huge influence in us buying it as we didn’t want to see it going for land development, so it truly is lovely to hear that there are other like minded people out there! Many, many thanks again and we hope to see you maybe someday for a trip down memory lane. Best wishes, Andrew & the Auchingarrich Team.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

First time visitor here and what a great first visit it was!
Was a bit worried on the drive up as the road seemed to lack some TLC but found out from one of the staff that its due for repair soon so we'll be back to test it out!

Was met with a welcoming girl on entry who explained the park to us and told us the best route to start. The bottom area where we started is filled with your typical farm animals but with bonuses of lemurs/meercats & marmosets which was a nice surprise. The hatchery was fab for the kids as we got to hold some of the chicks and rabbits and even got to watch a chick being born!

It was a busy day so the play barn was quite full but we still managed to spend a bit of time in there - kids loved it

We brought a picnic so can't omment on the cafe food but we did pop in for some hot chocolates and cake towards the end which was very tasty.

We only managed to watch the scottish wildcat talk as we lost track of time but the woman was extremely informative and its wonderful to here of the efforts they are making to help them in the wild with th ebreeding program. Will definitely try to make the other talks next time (we've already planned to go back in the summer!)

All in all a fab day out.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Right where to start firstly its travelling time again so yes its review time HONEST review.

Me and the old moan pot and teeny decided to visit this place as a day out over easter, good god it is easier getting a place on elon musks flight to space than finding this place god bless the sat nav, but lets get on well we arrived and drove up what could only be described as a bombed road from the 2nd great war after travelling 8.2 miles on a bare back 2 lane road with HGV trucks speeding at you ,seriously smelly pants time , still suffering the back pain with the potholes on the road entrance, through the gate to where the the mound of dry tar making it very difficult to manouvere with a 4x4 coming at you and voila were there.

We walk down into the gift shop and show our groupon coupon to the old lady behind the counter who immediatelly upsells the £1 bags of feed for the animals , with instructions on the bag regarding who to feed , to be honest i have never having been brought up in farming been more impressed with the capatilism aspect of the feed profit margin potential of these bags , i can imagine the farmer paying 18 gbp for a bag of feed and making 200 gbp out of it with this principle absoloute brilliance, i say with sarcasm.

So we go out to see the farm ,first thing we see is the ugliest turkey you will ever see and then the goats , we approach to feed and they eat the feed and keep eating, we then go round and see a very unthought out place that to be honest is very muddy so be prepared for a mess in the car and the usual smells , but to be honest its a poor mans edinburgh zoo except you can find edinburgh zoo easier, if all things being equal a 2hr drive for an half hour visit cause after half an hour your in the overpriced cafe 2 teas and two bags of crisps £5 , and then with your head buzzing with the boredom the 2 hr drive home is the most exciting bit of the day.

It could be better ,much better as its kinda a thrown together place , it seems like a farmer has watched a program on tv and said im going to do that and fenced of some of his animals and built a shed for his cat and called it a wild cat with the obligatory expert trying to convince you the tabby has a traceable line back 500 years , at this stage ,ahh i recognise rex the cat from my previous life its william wallaces cats great great infinite grandcat, and it has the play areas for the tots.

It is ok for an hour break point but dont plan your day as it takes forever to find and when you do a day in primark would possibly be better.

Thank alan h
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Andrew S, Owner at Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2018

We are very disappointed to hear that you found our wildlife centre to be so awful, we all work exceptionally hard to look after our animals and give an educational as well as enjoyable experience to those who visit us. Your first point regarding your journey I’m afraid I can do nothing about as the centre “is where it is” and although the main road to us is maintained by the council our driveway is ours and the large “mound of dry tar” is there to resurface said road. This work has been planned now for over 6 months but due to weather constraints the building company doing the work have only just been able to commence – the tar being delivered in the last week. We have signs up around the centre apologising for any inconvenience and asking for visitors understanding – I’m sorry you did not see these.

Our animal feed is for the enjoyment of adults and children alike and as it says on the bag “All proceeds from our animal feed go towards funding our animal rescue when we take in wildlife or unwanted pets and this helps towards feeding and veterinary care” We monitor the sale of feed to ensure the animals are not over fed and it is a choice visitors have to buy or not, we have never forced anyone to purchase it. Without the sale of this feed, which for 4 to 5 months of the year we give out free to visitors, we would be unable to maintain our current level of rescue facilities.

Again I am sorry that you found one of our turkey’s to be “the ugliest turkey you will ever see” and I agree that they are not the prettiest of birds but we don’t take rescue animals on the basis of them looking cute we take them to offer a better life than where they came from. Goats I’m afraid, are well known to be greedy animals and they will continue to eat as long as it is being offered, this is one of the reasons our feed is alfalfa as it does not cause harm. As for the layout of the Centre, over the past 10 years (when we took over the centre) we have replaced all of the main buildings and play barns and 90% of the enclosures. It has been thought out to give the best access to younger children with our small animals and exotics such as lemurs, coatimundi’s, alpacas, Falabellas, meerkats and marmosets (as well as farm animals) in our lower central area with the larger animals such as highland cattle, red deer, axis deer, llamas, emu’s, otters and rhea’s to name but a few in the outside higher area for those who want to walk to the viewpoint which overlooks Comrie village. Our Hatchery offers animal handling and hatchings on a daily basis and our lambing shed is open to visitors when we are about to have a birth on site so these areas, along with our daily Keeper Talks, are of educational value to all. The prices in the café are comparable with area pricing which we realise can be higher than in less rural areas as being more central does not incur the delivery etc. charges that staying in the countryside does.

We do not profess to be a zoo and would never compare ourselves to one, we are a wildlife centre and our animal enclosures are larger than zoo requirements and offer, where at all possible, a more natural environment for our animals. Our 4 large Wildcat enclosures were put in last year under the guidance of The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland to enable us to become part of their reintroduction and breeding programme for the endangered Scottish Wildcat. The cats, all from the Society, have been DNA tested to ensure that they are pure and our “obligatory expert” would not deem to lie about any of our animals, why would we have to?

As said we are disappointed that you did not enjoy your visit but we will continue with our refurbishment programme and our educational experiences and hope that visitors on the whole will enjoy their time with us and appreciate what a small wildlife centre in the heart of Perthshire is trying to achieve. Please feel free to call me if you would like to discuss further, the number can be found on our website.

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