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Curragh Wildlife Park
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The wildlife park is located next to the Ballaugh Curraghs on land which used to be farmed. The now grassy areas were at one time hay filled meadows. Over 50 years ago the land was much dryer and hay grew well for spring grazing. Only recently were peat cuttings abandoned but the ditches made by them filled with water and the ground became a bog with many new water plants growing. In the 1930's the government made an attempt to turn the Curraghs profitable with crops of New Zealand flax. The land was bought by the Isle of Man Government in 1963 and two years later Curraghs Wildlife Park comprised of 26 acres was opened.

A well designed park, which in no way could be called a zoo. The animals live in large enclosures designed with their natural habitats in mind. Paved paths go through the enclosures, where the animals roam freely. Feeding times offer an interactive view of the animals, especially with the penguins who can smell the food coming. The nature trails wind through different parts of the Curraghs, where butterflies, birds and other wetland insect and animals can be seen. The park offers a relaxing time out in nature with a chance to see a variety of animals. Well worth a visit.



Animal Tracks
Open: Easter Holidays - End of October: Daily, 10am - 6pm (last entry 5pm)
Winter: Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 4pm (last entry 3pm)
Miniature Railway (Apr - Nov): Sunday, 12pm - 4.30pm
Price: PRICES FOR 2012
Adults: 8.40
OAP (Senior Citizen): summer 5.80
Children (3 - 16): 4.20
Children (under 3): FREE
Family Day Ticket: 21 (two adults and two children) 2.25 for each extra child.
Group Rates: 10% discount for 10 or more visitors
Miniature Railway: 70p (Multi Journey Ticket (10 trips) Available: 5
Disabled: Full Access, wheelchairs available on loan. Guide Dogs permitted by prior arrangement.
Location: Near Ballaugh
Parking: Ample, close by
Suitable: All Ages




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