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Welcome to Wild Encounters!

We’re just a small animal facility outside Newcastle West in County Limerick trying to make a difference in the world by bringing people closer to the wonders of the natural world around them! We bring learning and fun together for old and young alike!

All money from your visits, our outreach programme and experiences goes towards the care of the animals that call Wild Encounters their home, many of which are animals rehomed to us from the exotic pet trade. We thank you in advance for your interest and support in what we do!


Due to government announcements on restricted movement and closures of non essential organisations with the ongoing covid-19 situation, Wild Encounters is unfortunately currently shut. See below for our hopeful planned reopening stages.

Phase 4 (hopefully July) - Start up the general admission booking slots. Please see our visit us page for more information.

Phase 5 (hopefully August) - Start back the close contact animal experiences and outreach bookings.

We hope to also start our on-site birthday packages and small group bookings after phase 5. We regret that the planned zoo clubs for this Summer have had to be cancelled and we hope to try them again in Summer 2021.

All of this is currently in line with government guidelines and may be subject to change in line with developments in the covid-19 situation