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Rare Species Conservation Centre, Sandwich

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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3.6/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
The Rare Species Conservation Centre was a conservation centre and zoological gardens situated just outside Sandwich in Kent, England, operated by The Rare Species Conservation Trust, a UK registered charity. Its purpose was to educate visitors and create awareness of the plight of some of the world’s lesser-known rare and endangered species of animal. It was home to rare and unusual animals. It closed due to lack of funds on 31 August 2015.HistoryThe RSCC was created in 2006, having formerly been a small children’s zoo called The Monkey Rainforest which was home to species of lemurs, cats, birds, reptiles, and other creatures.It closed on 31 August 2015 due to lack of funds.ExhibitsThe 1.5acre zoo consisted of two major areas, an indoor covered rainforest and outdoor geographic areas, each divided into areas corresponding to the geographical groupings of the animals.The indoor rainforest housed the collection of Australasian animals and those from South and Central America. It had a large stream running in a circular path throughout the exhibit, with two waterfalls and two large ponds.The exterior had two main areas, one devoted to the fauna of Madagascar, and the other to animals from South-East Asia.
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  • Just come on here to leave a brilliant review and have found out from over reviews that it's closed?! Why? :( and what's happened to all of the animals? It's going to play on my mind now! I came here ...  read more »
  • Has the rare breeds centre at sandwich closed down, after all the money being spent on it. Where have all the animals gone. 
  • Having looked at the leaflets avaliable at the holiday centre we saw the Slow Loris which we have been quite taken by. After enjoying the animals on offer I had to ask about Mr. Loris I was advised th...  read more »
  • This is so much more than a zoo, most of the species are endangered, this place is all about breeding and conservation. A place for grown ups and for kids, no play ground for screaming Johnnies, quiet and calm just as animals need it. We went last weekend on it's opening and are going back for a coastal walk with friends over Easter. It has only just reopened and there is still expansions happening but the new tiger enclosure is amazing. Got to pat a baby binturong while we were there too.
  • it is one of the worst places i have ever been to
  • I have just visited here for the second time - to say I'm extremely disappointed doesn't even cover it. The first time I went I thought it was expensive but worth it given the work they do conserving wildlife, plus worth it for the animals you could see (snow leopards for one). However, this time the vast majority of the animals had gone, with nothing but a few small cats, some aardwolves and mongoose left to see. Apparently the Sun bears were still there but we didn't see them. You had to look hard in each enclosure to see whether it was empty or if there was actually something in there. The plants were all overgrown so you had to push your way through them and a few of the animals were pacing up and down, looking quite distressed to me. When I complained as I left I was told this was normal animal behaviour! In fairness they had reduced the price seeing as they had reduced the animals but I still paid £9 for an adult and £6 for a 3 year old. A total and utter rip off. Do not bother to go, it's just an embarrasement. I didn't ask for a refund as hopefully that money will go towards the animals, but do not waste your money visiting. Take yourselves to Wingham Wildlife Park instead - a great day out and great value for money.
  • i went with a group inwhich the place stunk of ammonia.very strong urine smell.the animals had very small enclosures.the monkeys had small enclosures and they were gazing fru a window in a shed.these animals looked was i when i left.never again.
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