Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter, West Bay

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Groups of sea turtles and an array of exotic animals appear during a visit to Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter, a turtle meat farm and conservation park. Established in 1968, the farm aims to protect the depleting population of wild green sea turtles from poaching through a combination of breeding for the meat industry, and the annual release of captive turtles into the wild. Stretching over 9.3 ha (23 ac), the farm is also home to a 2.7 m (9 ft) saltwater crocodile, an exhibit called “Predator’s Reef,” and the largest swimming pool on the island. Despite having attracted controversy in the past, there are also numerous spots where you can hold and touch yearling turtles--a rare opportunity to see the beautiful creatures up close. Plan to see Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter and other attractions that appeal to you using our West Bay holiday planner.
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  • If you want to touch and hold turtles this is the place. You can also swim with the larger turtles if you want. Note you should avoid coming when cruise vessels tours are in progress.  more »
  • This was one stop on our day of fun in Grand Cayman. It was interesting to learn about their farming efforts and how it plays a part in conservation. You get to learn about their life cycle and matura...  more »
  • We visited here as part of a cruise excursion. It was a brief stopover and the emphasis seemed to be to get as many people as possible to handle and take selfies with a bunch of small turtles. There s...  more »

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