Cayman Turtle Farm: Island Wildlife Encounter described its 25 January open house as a “resounding success,” having opened its gates to thousands of visitors on National Heroes Day.
More than 4,500 people took advantage of the public holiday to explore the facilities and experience the turtles and other wildlife on display, as well as the special water slides, snow cones, cotton candy and Cayman Street displays of traditional music, cooking and crafts – working with conch shells and the fishing and turtle nets – staged by Cayman Traditional Arts.
“We thought the day was a terrific demonstration of everything the Cayman Turtle Farm has to offer, and the community seemed to respond with enthusiasm,” said Tim Adam, Turtle Farm Managing Director.
“It was especially satisfying to see the number of families and the real pleasure the children took in the attractions,” he said. “The Cayman Street demonstrations seemed to draw a lot of attention in particular.”
The farm had decided to offer an open day as part of efforts to showcase the Island Wildlife Encounter facilities, familiarising visitors with the park’s roster of activities, including the Blue Hole Nature Trail, the Caribbean Aviary and iguana exhibit, Predators Reef, including the shark tank, two swimming lagoons, the Education Centre and the touch tanks. “People seemed very pleased to spend the day and gain a real feel for the Turtle Farm,” Mr. Adam said. “I think we and our visitors all came a long way together on Monday, and we are hoping that our open day will become an annual fixture on Heroes Day.”