The Predator Center in Kuusamo

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The Predator Center in Kuusamo

The Predator Center in Kuusamo
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mmikko
Joensuu, Finland1,655 contributions
MIxed feelings
Aug 2020
Only guided tours, 15€/ adult, about 45min. Tour was only finnish, not nice for foreigners. You will see brown bears, reindeers, bobcats (maybe), wolfhounds. we didn't see foxes. It is allways sad to see animals at cages, but I understand why these animals are here, some are found without their mom. About 30km from Kuusamo.
Written 28 August 2020
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Japsterr
Helsinki, Finland11 contributions
Private zoo
Aug 2020 • Couples
How I wish they have this tour in english.
I can communicate in finnish but the level that you must have in order to 100% understand this tour is the C-level which is the “mother tongue”. We were a mix of visitors since I’ve seen Danish and British plates in the parking lot.

Since we visited this during the COVID-19 war, I was hoping that in the near future they would set a limit of people per group because I was dodging most of my tour-mates (we were around 18) during this tour to practice social distancing. The others wanted to huddle close whenever the animals would approach the fence coz the guide was throwing them snacks. Nobody was wearing mask and the guy next to me (a foreigner also) was coughing dryly most of the time and it was disgusting!

The wolf dog hybrids are quite recognizable even if I haven’t read their profile. They look more husky than a genuine wolf. The pair of lynx was my favorite. They were fed vienna sausages as snacks.
The bears had a nice pot of honey and wanted more.
It reminded me of winnie the pooh bear.
It was showing it’s tongue in protest for more honey after he gulped it down.

I have mix feelings whether these animals should be allowed to roam freely since they’re rescued. True, the best habitat is the natural one but since their habitat is shrinking, they might get shot if they were to attack any farm animals-or worse, poachers.

Written 24 August 2020
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touristTiia
Jyväskylä, Finland231 contributions
So worth of 15 euros
Jul 2020 • Couples
The visit at the predator center was very nice. Our tour was actually in Finnish, but I am not sure if they organize tours in English/Russian as well. The tour does not take long time, maybe 30-45 minutes, but you see the bears, wolves and lynxes very close and you see them acting. Most of the times when I have visited any zoo, I haven't seen the animals doing anything if I have even seen them, but here I really saw them close and observing the environment!
Written 11 July 2020
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Hiroshi Sumimoto
Nagoya, Japan1 contribution
Bears as close to nature as possible
Jul 2019
Bears, Elk and reindeer and Lynx and wolverine saved from situations and raised. Each bear has a own house and swimming pool in a large enclosure and well taken care of.
Written 24 June 2020
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Marde M
3 contributions
Something else
Sep 2019 • Family
Juuso and his family are just so adorable. This small size worth visit place is definitely must if you are interested in Finnish wild life animals.
Written 20 April 2020
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Jouni V
Wroughton, UK289 contributions
So, so
Sep 2018 • Friends
We came here on the way back home.

There was quite a lot visitor's which surprised me totally.

For the people who have never seen these animals this is good place.

But to be honest, I think the animals are not very happy in the captivity. On the other hand I believe they are not mistreated either. I think the infrastructure is a bit worn out and in scruffy condition.

Groups in the tour should be smaller. And the knowledge of the guides could be better as well. Big group's in tours gives me picture that this place is simply cashing the visitor's.

I have mixed feelings about this place but still I think this place is worth of visiting.
Written 26 September 2018
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Neil I
6 contributions
A horrendous place
Aug 2018 • Family
I had to give this place 1 star, only because 0 stars is not possible. Firstly the guide spoke no English, we were led around what is basically a private zoo reading the badly translated information and wondering what we had missed. The wolf (dog) hybrids were kept in a tiny cage with a concrete floor. The "wolves" in the enclosure had it better but not all were pure wolf (wolves do not bark). The bears were obviously well fed but in their enclosures are remenants of months of food and feces on the floors, concrete. The bears beg for fruit from the guide, which gets a chuckle from the un-sympathetic crowds. The guide took little notice of where the food was landing and the smaller bears were scraping their limbs through the rusty metal to try and hook a grape or two, which were out of reach.
I realize some animals are rescued and needed help but they could treat them with a little more dignity.
Written 14 September 2018
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Heli P
Gothenburg, Sweden32 contributions
Cute babies
Aug 2018 • Family
We did this day trip with the family.
We knew there were baby bears so the expectations were high.
A small place that takes care of animals that need help.
There are reindeer, dog wolfs, fox, bear, wolfs, lynx with cubs.. So adorable.
I'm not really a fan of zoo's or so but here they actually do good and help them.
Its a nice and small place to visit. The guided tour takes an hour and there is a coffee shop and some souvenirs.
My 5 year old daughter thought it was great.
Written 14 August 2018
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RP-HebdenBridge
Hebden Bridge492 contributions
Educational and interesting
May 2018 • Couples
Visited late May when the bears were coming out of hibernation. Looks to be run on a budget but provides home and sanctuary for these mighty predators who would otherwise have died. An excellent chance to get up and close to these wonderful creatures. The tour was in Finnish but the guide provided us with quite a detailed English version and was happy to answer our questions about the animals and their lives. I'd say it is well worth a visit.
Written 31 May 2018
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gsurya
Malmö, Sweden57 contributions
Awful private zoo
May 2018 • Solo
Small enclosures, rescued animals. Visitors can go around only in groups, not on their own.

The guide feeds the animals apples and berries, so you can only see them at to the fence beg for food.

Humiliating experience for the animals & terrible to watch.

Not sure why so many families bring kids here to teach them a very wrong lesson about animals & zoos.

Do not go. If you go, make sure to complain and give a bad review so that they improve their standards
Written 26 May 2018
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