Curraghs Wildlife Park
|Location||The Curraghs, Isle of Man|
|Land area||26 acres (11 ha)|
The park was founded in 1963, through the Manx “Curraghs Acquisition Act”, the Isle of Man Government purchasing approximately 200 acres (81 ha) of land to be divided between 160 acres (65 ha) as a reserve and 40 acres (16 ha) as a wildlife park. The 26-acre (11 ha) park was formally opened by the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man, Sir Ronald Garvey on 23 July 1965. It consists of approximately 100 primarily wetland species from around the world in walk-through enclosures.
15 acres (6.1 ha) of the park remains undeveloped to display a variety of habitats such as bogs, Molinia grasslands, open water peat diggings, birch woodland and hay meadows. Nature trails run through this area with signeage describing the ecology and history, comprising a nature trail, tree top trail and butterfly trail.
In 2005, as part of the Ballaugh Curraghs Wildlife Parks' 40 years anniversary celebrations, it was host to the annual meeting of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In 2009 the park received an award from Biaza at a ceremony held at Knowsley Hall, Merseyside, in recognition for the park’s work in education, winning the small collection award for "Best Education Project with schools".
The Curragh is designated as a "wetland site of international importance" under the Convention for Wetlands of International Significance, known as the Ramsar Convention.
Education and facilities
Animals at Curraghs Wildlife Park include:
- Boa constrictors
- Bolivian squirrel monkeys
- Black spider monkeys
- Chilean flamingos
- Fishing cats
- Gough Island moorhens
- Hermann's tortoises
- European eagle owls
- Humboldt penguins
- Long-eared owls
- Northern lynxes
- European otters
- Palawan peacock-pheasants
- Red pandas
- Ring-tailed coatis
- Scarlet ibises
- Oriental small-clawed otters
- Red-necked wallabies
- Rodrigues flying foxes
- The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)
- An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Isle of Man by David T. Webber Revised by Frank Cowin and F.J. Radcliffe page 46 (1997) The Manx Experience ISBN 1-873120-25-7
- Wildlife park located next to the Ballaugh Curraghs
- Curraghs Wildlife Park Honoured in 2009 Biaza Awards
- Wildlife Park Animals Animal Index