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Wild Encounters is a small, zoo licenced animal facility based just outside Newcastle West, home to a range of exotic and domestic animals. Many of these animals have come to us as ex-pets from the exotic pet trade. All money from our outreaches and experiences goes back into the site and caring for the animals that call Wild Encounters their home. We thank you in advance for your interest and support in what we do!

Wild Encounters has been operating since 2015 where we have been going from strength to strength since, gaining our zoo licence and moving from Adare to our new and permanent site just outside Kilmeedy.

We have lots of plans in place to get ourselves open properly as a fully functioning zoo and education centre, growing and developing our conservation efforts whilst also becoming a key destination to learn about the world we live in and the animals we share the planet with! We have a long way to go before we get to that point though so we are developing slowly and currently people can come to visit our site by booking one of our animal experiences! Fun, educational and interactive encounters with some of our critters that love meeting people! Or, we come to you with some of our outreach animal team!

Our programmes are designed to educate, entertain and stimulate people of all ages about the natural world through up close and personal experiences that are sure to make an impact and create memories!

Whether you come to us to meet our lively and entertaining group of meerkats as part of our 'Meet the Meerkats' experience, or whether we come to you as part of our outreach programme for an educational animal visit to your school; a calm and relaxing afternoon at your nursing home; animal parties for birthdays, holy communions/confirmations and other children’s events; or even photo opportunities and static displays for corporate family fun days and other functions, our goal is to interest children and adults alike and raise awareness of the animals we share the world with!

Wild Encounters is run by a professional team with a zoological and educational career background. We're zoo licenced, fully insured and garda vetted so why not GET WILD and enquire about one of our experiences or mobile zoo packages! We have some big plans for the future and can get there with your support!