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Zoo Plans For Barnsley College

Monday October 6 2014




BARNSLEY could be getting its very own zoo.

Barnsley College has made an application for a zoo licence, and if it's granted it will allow the college to accommodate a broader range of animals it keeps at Wigfield Farm in Haverlands Lane, Worsbrough.

Centre manager Wendy Wann said: "We hope to make Wigfield Farm an exciting place for people from far and wide to visit all year round.

"The licence would initially enable the farm to look at acquiring wallabies, reindeer, skunks, tapir, racoons and marmosets.

"If the licence is granted we hope to extend the zoo to include more animals."

Work to improve the farm at a cost of £1.4 million is already underway.

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Reply Posted by sid on Tuesday October 7 2014 at 20:13
That would be fantastic!!! I recently took my grandsons to the meerkats experience,it was brilliant. Lisa was informative and really lovely with us. Well worth the visit.

Reply Posted by bananas on Wednesday October 8 2014 at 12:04
y not go full monty...lions, tigers, elephants the lot... get Barnsley on the map.. if Donny can do it we can..

Reply Posted by ju on Wednesday October 8 2014 at 12:05
This is horrendous! Will they then follow the example of other zoo's and cull the animals at the end of the season?? Zoo's are outdated and unnecessary....well done Barnsley, you are just showing you are stuck in the past!

Reply Posted by dedatodd on Wednesday October 8 2014 at 12:51
Have to agree, hate Zoo's and don't see the 'need' for them. As far as I am concerned wild animals should not be in captivity to titillate the masses.

Reply Posted by Ray on Wednesday October 8 2014 at 13:52
I think you're missing the point Wigfield Farm is there to teach people how to look after animals and livestock. This license looks like an extension to this.

Take a trip down there have a look around and see how the students are with the animals, then maybe you can base your opinion on it.

Wiggy farm is a hidden gem.

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday October 8 2014 at 15:27
I agree @ Ray,this little farm is used for education. Many of those putting bad comments have most likely not even been there.

Reply Posted by bananas on Wednesday October 8 2014 at 12:47
gud n that guido.

Reply Posted by me on Wednesday October 8 2014 at 13:05
Think its a good idea especially for parents that havent alot of money. No need for travel = money for happy kids at zoo

Reply Posted by Maria on Wednesday October 8 2014 at 14:01
My sons at Barnsley College and is spending some time at wigfield farm each week, he is really enjoying what he's doing there, he's done some work with rabbits, reptiles, chickens and today he said he was going to feed the meerkats, why shouldn't they extend on what they already have making it more interesting for both students and visitors, all I can say is good luck to them!


Reply Posted by Collet on Wednesday October 8 2014 at 14:47
no need to put animals in the compound just put all the councillors in and watch the visitor numbers grow.?

Reply Posted by Jay Dee on Wednesday October 8 2014 at 14:54
The reason zoos still exist is to give a safe haven for species to thrive, if you don't like zoos, then don't go, it's pretty simple when you think about it.

I think it's a wonderful idea, as most people around Barnsley can't afford to travel off to the big zoos, it's a great way to educate children, and show them that there's more to life than sitting in a pub every day drinking yoursrlf to death, or sitting taking drugs with the rest of Barnsleys junkie scum.

Reply Posted by Opinionated on Wednesday October 8 2014 at 15:18
What's wrong with making barnsley a better tourist location? Especially when it's helping the economy and community which you live in. People like the ones with the stupid comments and horrendous spelling are the people who put Barnsley to shame. This - might I add - is coming from a 17 year old. Introducing a zoo to Barnsley could be the best thing that could happen to us especially since a large section of our population can't help but pop out another sprog in the hopes of benefits, this will help entertain their kids and educate them in the process that animals are a beauty in life and need just as much live and care as we as people do. Stop being so stupid and think of the benefits you morons.

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday October 8 2014 at 15:33
skunks,tapirs,marmosets,racoons are creatures that arn,t always in a zoo,so I like the idea that we could have them at Barnsley. Thinking out of the box, I like it. We have to try something different like this so people will want to call and see unusual animals. If they are used for education that's brill and if they have been rescued as are the Donny lions, even better.

Reply Posted by ju on Wednesday October 8 2014 at 16:57
It's a fallacy zoo's are conservationist places, they are not. True conservation is carried out in the natural home and environment, not behind bars being stared at by people. The ones who think zoo's are a great tourist attraction, think again, baby animals are killed at the end of the season to make room for next years tirade of tourists, I will be contacting charity groups and the relevant authorities to stop this plan.

Reply Posted by Zoo keeper on Sunday October 12 2014 at 20:40
I bet they are quaking in their boots ju. !!!

Reply Posted by bananas on Wednesday October 8 2014 at 17:03
theres always some ppl ye cant please....put all do gooders in a zoo collet eh..

Reply Posted by sam on Wednesday October 8 2014 at 18:55
I think its a brilliant idea,wigfield farm is a popular place especially for parents with young children. A wider range of animals can only improve its popularity. It makes sense to expand and they wont even have to demolish anymore of our facilities to make way for it. Good luck to them,i for one hope the application is successful.

Reply Posted by kk on Thursday October 9 2014 at 10:25
I am a huge animal lover and have done much research into zoos, hearing arguments from both sides which has allowed me to come to my own, educated opinion.
I think in this instance the most important thing to consider is this is being created as a learning facility for what will hopefully become a new generation of animal lovers!
Zoos have research programs that help expand our knowledge about animals, especially the endangered species. The information gained by these programs can help protect, and treat the species in the wild, as well as determine what affects if any climate change may have on the regions needed for the species to flourish. Many zoos also have breeding programs for all kinds of species, endangered or not, and learn even more about the species during the breeding, and rearing process. All this knowledge and information is shared with visitors, organisations, and other programs alike.
Zoos are important for conservation, reproduction, education, research and recreation.
If we are to look after these animals and create generations that respect, nurture and conserve these species then it is essential that children are given a love and respect which can be gained from experiences such as this suggestion.
I think it is fantastic and will be a real gem for Barnsley!

Reply Posted by Katherine on Saturday October 11 2014 at 23:11
I completely agree with everything in kk's comment.

People who think zoos are just for people to gawp at caged animals need to get with the times. Zoos are about conservation and education. Of course in an ideal world all conservation would occur in the wild, but this isn't realistic or possible in many cases, and zoos not only breed and look after animals, they raise awareness to the public and fund programmes taking place in the wild. This zoo is for the college, it will allow students to learn and gain valuable experience and hopefully inspire younger generations to take an interest in animal science and conservation.

Reply Posted by tracy on Sunday October 12 2014 at 18:25
Im all for letting wild animals thrive in their natural habitat but the sad truth is, there wont be any left in the wild pretty soon....

Reply Posted by Matt on Monday October 13 2014 at 00:43
Ju is just a total retard nothing else better to do than moan about positive things ! Get a job ya bum and stop trying to big yaself up thinking you know everything.

Reply Posted by Unknown on Thursday October 30 2014 at 08:41
From reading all these posts above no one actually seems to have mentioned anything about the actual care of these new animals, are the previous animals which are already at the farm looke after and in peak condition? Ive seen comments on other sites to which say no so how is the introduction of these animals going to be a positive thing if they are not looked after correctly? Also who are the trained members of staff who are qualified which are going to look after them? This section of animals will die in captivity if not cared for correctly an i personally believe the staff an knowlege already at wigfield is not enough jor sufficient to care for these animals. Animals in zoos have keepers one on one not hundreds of students screaming, swearing and poking them upsetting their diets when feeding them foods during dinner which are unsuitable. Until more experience and qualified members of staff are sort then i believe this is going end up with high vet bills and a bad reputation