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The Predator Center in Kuusamo

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Address: Keronrannantie 31, Kuusamo 93700, Finland
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Impressive bears but not ideal

It is very impressive to see these amazing animals so close. It also seems that the bears seem to be better treated than in a normal zoo. Still they are locked in and we were not... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 July 2016
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Konstanz, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

It is very impressive to see these amazing animals so close. It also seems that the bears seem to be better treated than in a normal zoo. Still they are locked in and we were not really convinced about the allegedly main purpose of this park to save injured and orphan animals. Negative was the stinky smell which lasted most... More 

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Ibiza
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

This is a rare jewel worth visiting because there is no other place like it the world. The collection of orphaned carnivorous local wildlife is a testament to the dedication of these two wonderful nature sensed brothers

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Vantaa, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

This is not anything like a normal zoo. It is a place where man and bears are the heart of friends. Unbelievable experience to see how a man treats bears like they are dear members of his family as they are in fact.

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Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Tänne pitää vartavasten ajella, mutta kyllä kannatti. Suomen suurpedot, karhujen lisäksi ilves teki muhun vaikutuksen. If you want to see Finnish brown bears, saved by a family after thei mother had died, and thus very friendly still towards their carer, this is the place to visit. I was also impressed with lynx lynx. Please note that bears sleep during the... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

I understand that they did rescue some of these animals and that they have done good things, but is this "zoo" among these good things, I'm not sure. At least it's over priced! Yes, you see the animals close, but are those animals happy? At least the bears didn't look so satisfied...

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Kouvola, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015

I don't like zoos. However, The Big Predator (or Carnivore) Center of Kuusamo (Kuusamon Suurpetokeskus) isn't a traditional zoo. It is more like the refuge of orphan or injured predators. In The Big Predator Center you see the bears of "Sulo the Bearman". Watch that video on YouTube if you haven't done that yet. It is awesome! You also see... More 

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Oulu, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2014

Kuusamo's Large carnivores center isn't a Zoo and hasn't sought to be called one. The center simply works as a care home and a refugee for animals that were found wounded either by accident or shooting.The fence goes 2 meters underground and the bear house walls have metal core which don't show outside. The housing units for the animals are... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2014

Where to start.. The woman guiding was alright and did her job well, I'll give her that. Otherwise the info was terrible (obvious when you know the real info, maybe not so obvious to people who don't), especially towards the wolfdogs, in which some ludicrous claims were made. It was clear they new about dogs, but knew nothing about wolves,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014 via mobile

This place is great, you get to see the bears from really close by while the guide tells you about all the bears, one by one. They take real good care of all animals and there's a lotta space for them to play around. Sometimes they get to go out too! One of the bears who lives here is Finland's... More 

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Lappeenranta, Southern Finland, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

I have visited The Predator Center in Kuusamo several times. And it has been always nice and exciting place to visit. Juuso and other bears are so lovely, funny and natural, specially I love Juuso. His weight in max is over 400 kg, so he is huge bear. And I always admire the host, Sulo Karjalainen, how he can handle... More 

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