A small zoo with a big heart

A small, zoo-licenced animal facility based just outside Newcastle West, home to a range of exotic and domestic animals, many of which are ex-pets from the exotic pet trade. All the money brought in from visitors coming to visit goes back into the site and caring for the animals that call Wild Encounters their home.

A diverse and growing variety of domestic and exotic animals can be seen. Enjoy immersive and entertaining keeper chats and animal feeds throughout the day, there’s plenty to see and do for a few hours at the mini zoo.


Adopt an animal today and make a real difference! – It’s a unique gift for all animal lovers!
Adopting an animal is a great way to help with the ever increasing costs of animal feeds and bedding. By purchasing one of the adoption packs, not only do you get a great gift that will be enjoyed by any animal lover, but you also get the satisfaction of knowing your money has gone directly to help care and look after the animals that call Wild Encounters their home!

  • Mika the Raccoon
  • Tango the Blue and Gold Macaw
  • The Meerkat Mob
  • Loki the Great Horned Owl
  • Leonardo Dicaprigoat and Jean Paul Goatier the Pygmy Goats
  • Molly the Orange Winged Amazon Parrot
  • Asia the Burmese Python
  • Barney the Barn Owl
  • Rogue and Bandit the Japanese Raccoon Dogs

Open during school holidays, check here for up to date opening times


Admission Rates Apply

Useful Information
  • The Mini-Zoo is predominantly an outdoor venue. There are some covered viewing areas off certain enclosures sporadically around the site, along with a couple of more sheltered buildings such as the small mammal barn and the reptile house.
  • Visitor pets are not allowed on the premises.
  • Daily keeper chats are available, check for up-to-date times
Getting There

A short drive outside Newcastle West and West of Kilmeedy. From Limerick follow the signs for Newcastle West and then head down the Dromcollogher road. Follow signs for Castlemahon GAA and the mini zoo is opposite the GAA.

Map Location: 52.410668, -8.970504
Contact Wild Encounters Mini Zoo

Coolyroe, Kilmeedy, Co. Limerick, Ireland

Eircode: V42 TD81
T: +353 (0)61 974 951
W: www.wildencounters.ie
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