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Report - Penscynor Wildlife Park/Zoo (Aug 2016)

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by MJ720, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. MJ720

    MJ720 28DL Full Member
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    This is my second time visiting this place and I took some pics. This is my first thread so it will be a bit bad but hopefully this will be a first of many posts in the future. The best source I could find for the info is Wikipedia which I know can be wrong but most of it seems accurate

    Penscynor wildlife park was opened in 1971 after Penscynor House was bought in 1966 and was quite derelict at that time. The owner, Idris Hale from Neath was a builder who made the 11-acre property home to a large collection of exotic birds. After time this expanded to home mammals, other birds, fish, reptile and more. The park had an average of 200,000 visitors each year with 18 staff members.

    Unfortunately the park was closed and since 1998 the park has been left abandoned. Most of it has been rebuilt on and houses are now in the place of most of the park. Luckily the chimp houses and penguin pool are still around but are derelict, and in poor condition.

    The photos shown were taken by me while visiting. There are multiple ways to get into the park as the fence around it is also in a poor condition with holes in lost of places and fallen down at parts. I took the photos using a Canon EOS 550D with the kit lens.

    The penguin enclosure
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    Mammal Enclosures

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    As you can see one was still locked

    Toboggan Slide
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  2. MJ720

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    I do have some more photos but didnt think I should add them. If you do want to see them then message me.
     
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    Nice clear shots there mate. Glad to see you found the top of the toboggan run, took me my third visit to find that bit!
     
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    Yea, I found it the first time but I knew it was there by seeing other photos and took me a while. We walked across the beams and some were not that solid but was a bit of fun.
    Thanks for looking at this!
     
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    Many memories from this place, glad I visited before the slide shed got burned.
     
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    I wondered why I couldn't find that, Didn't realise someone burned it. Is that what the pile of wood is on the slope?
     
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    Just found this video, back when this place used to be open.
     
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    Yeah it was the shed where you paid to go on the slide.
     
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    I forgot to say, the photo of the island in the report is from my first visit, Since Aug 16 the side wall has fallen down.
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    Oh never! Well I guess it's to be expected with a place like this, everyone knows the place.
     

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