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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 your visits 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!

Whether you come to us to meet our lively and entertaining group of meerkats as part of our 'Meet the Meerkats' experience, or just for a general visit and look around, 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!