Wild Encounters Mini Zoo


Wild Encounters is an ideal location for animal lovers of all ages! Wander round a great and growing variety of domestic and exotic animals and let the kids blow off some steam on the play area while enjoying a coffee. With interesting and entertaining animal feeds and talks to listen to there's plenty to spend a few hours at Wild Encounters! Just a short drive outside Newcastle West, Wild Encounters is a growing animal park with a mix of high animal welfare, fun and education values at its core. Close to other local attractions such as the Desmond Castle and the Limerick Greenway, and just off the main Limerick road to other popular holiday destinations such as Killarney, Wild Encounters is a great trip out as part of an exploration of the local area. Our informative and amusing daily keeper feeds and talks about some of the animals here help to add a little extra to your visit and are sure to spark your interest in the natural world, whether you are a family on a fun day out or a school tour looking for some educational fun. For it's size, Wild Encounters boasts a great range of domestic and exotic animals from meerkats and parrots, to pigs, goats and even reptiles and bugs in our purpose built reptile house, so there's sure to be something of interest for everyone! Bring a picnic, or enjoy the hot and cold drinks, pizza, small selection of snacks and ice creams/lollies we have available to purchase along with a selection of souvenirs while the kids also enjoy the swings, climbing wall and twisty slide on the play area.

Opening times

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Mature visitors
  • Nature Lovers
  • Adventure Seekers
  • Animal Encounters
  • Solo Visitors
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Retail On Site
  • Food On Site
  • Toilets
  • Guide Dogs Welcomed
  • Car Parking Available
  • Credit Card Accepted
  • Covid-19 Guidelines
  • Paid Visit
  • Paper Ticket Accepted
  • Families
  • Friends
  • Kids
  • Day entry to Wild Encounters Mini Zoo
  • Keeper talks and activities scheduled throughout day (optional to attend)
  • Outdoor play area
Wild Encounters is currently developing as we go, having been forced to open earlier than planned due to the covid-19 pandemic. We have lots of development plans for the future and even though we are on the smaller side for now, we still have a great and varied range of animals to see.  We encourage visitors to try and schedule their trip around our scheduled keeper talks and activities to get the most out of your visit.
  • A friendly and relaxed atmosphere
  • Knowledgeable staff
  • A varied range of animals including birds, mammals, reptiles and bugs

Contact details

  • Coolyroe
  • Kilmeedy
  • Ireland
  • V42TD81