The Ballaugh Curraghs
The Wildlife Park is situated on the Ballaugh Curragh; This is a protected site of scientific interest and a designated Ramsar site. A Ramsar site is a wetland of great importance as designated by the world Ramsar convention.
‘Curragh’ is the Manx word for ‘willow bog’. It is an important feeding ground for Hen harriers there are rare Orchards and the rare Bladderwort plant can be found there as well as tiny lizards, butterflies’ and a whole host of Fauna and Flora. Oh yes and let’s not forget the wild Wallabies!
The Nature trail and Butterfly trail take you into the heart of the Curragh, with boarded walkways over the water courses it is a fantastic way to see this wetland of scientific interest, interpretation boards tell the story of the land, how the land has changed and been used by the Manx people and the Fauna and flora.
The Curraghs Wildlife Park is a member of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria) and EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria). We participate in Breeding programs that are organised in European studbooks which also share information worldwide and cooperate on a global level to manage and breed captive populations of Endangered species and zoo populations. There are two levels of Studbook EEP (European endangered programme) and ESB (European Stud Book). The level at which a species is managed depends upon how endangered it is in the wild and how closely it needs managed to maintain genetic diversity in captivity. This level is decided upon by the TAG (Taxon Advisory Group) who also coordinates ‘in-situ’ conservation work with species in the field and research. The links that Zoos now have with conservationists in the field and direct action to protect species in the wild has become very close in recent years and as part of BIAZA and EAZA the Curraghs Wildlife Park plays their part in this.
Curraghs Wildlife Park Conservation Fund
The Park raises money for conservation projects. Currently we are fund raising to buy a piece of Rainforest the same size as the Park in the ‘Choco Rainforest’ in Colombia, this is through the WLT (World Land Trust). You can click here to make a donation to the Parks conservation fund, or support our efforts by taking part in craft activities, treasure trails or buy a badge in the reception area.
The Parks fund also donates to BIAZA keepers of the Wild, which supports wardens to patrol in the areas of forest bought through the WLT.
We also support ‘Thandi’s Fund raiser’ set up by Angie Goodie who is well known on the Isle of Man for her work in anti-Rhino poaching patrols and regularly goes out to Africa to take support materials to the wardens working there, and then works alongside them.