WILDLIFE PARK CLOSING DOWN
Drop in visitors led to decision
A struggling Kirkcudbright wildlife centre is to close to the public.
The owners of the Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park made the decision after recording a steady decline in the number of visitors to the attraction.
The Denerley family, who have managed the facility for 15 years, say they are “sad and disappointed” to see it close from this weekend.
But they have pledged to work hard behind the scenes in a bid to see the park re-open in the future.
Cameron Denerley said: “It’s not the end. We are closing for a year to try to get back on our feet. The park has been open for 15 years and it has been non-stop work.
“We hope to re-open on a smaller stage next year and slowly redevelop from there. Some of the animals will remain and we w will still continue to do breeding and co conservation work.”
He added: “Our aim is to re-open and to work with the community a bit more. It has not come out of the blue, we have b been struggling for the past few years as th the number of people visiting us has gone d down.”
The park at Lochfergus Plantation has been popular with visitors and locals alike with a wide array of animals, including red pandas, and meerkats.
However, this Sunday the park will open to the public for the final time.
In an emotional post on Facebook, Cameron’s dad John said: “We are closing our doors with a mixture of pride and sadness – proud to have been able to share our love of animals with our visitors and contribute towards conservation through education and fundraising, and great sadness that this time has come to an end.
”We would like to thank all of the visitors over the years, some of whom we have seen visit as children and then returned with families of their own. They have shown amazing support and encouragement and we have enjoyed their company within the past two decades. It has been a wonderful journey, we have enjoyed the ride and we hope you have too.”
The post added the park will be renamed the Galloway Conservation Centre and operate as a private collection with some of the animals being rehomed.
Family unit John and Cameron Denerley at the wildlife park yesterday Attraction A red panda at the centre
Closing John and Cameron Denerley