Highland Wildlife Park

Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig
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Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig

The Highland Wildlife Park is located 7 miles (11 km) south of Aviemore, between Kingussie and Kincraig in Highland Council Area. Set up as a private venture on part of the Dunachton Estate in 1972 to introduce the public to Scotland's native fauna, it was taken on by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland in 1986 and run as a sister park to Edinburgh Zoo. The park covers 105 ha (260 acres) and houses more than 200 animals. The Highland Wildlife Park specialises in Scottish wildlife past and present and as such, includes wolves, beaver, lynx, wildcat, wild boar and European bison as well as martens, red squirrel, several deer species and birds, ranging from birds of prey to wading birds. More exotic species include Vicuña, Amur tiger, Przewalski's horses, red panda and wolverine. Visitors can drive through the main reserve and then visit more dangerous species in large enclosures. There are regular talks throughout the day on the animal species and their food, together with park tours. The park also has an important research mission and a role in returning animals to the wild.

As patron of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, HRH The Princess Royal visited to open the park's education centre on 26th June 1991, returned to open Wolf Wood on 8th September 2010 and came once again in 2012 to unveiled a plaque commemorating the park's 40th anniversary.

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