Strathspey & Badenoch Herald

Image: A visual impression of the hilltop conservation hub proposed for the wildlife park.

Highland Wildlife Park wins £1.9m lottery boost to create world class attraction.


The National Lottery Heritage Fund has today announced a £1.9m investment to help create a truly world-class attraction at the Highland Wildlife Park.

The funding will be used to provide ‘an impressive gateway into the natural environment and habitat of the spectacular Cairngorms National Park’ at the site by Kincraig owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

The project will not only help boost visitor numbers, but also benefit the local area in terms of nature conservation work, training opportunities, and increased employment.

A Highland and Islands Enterprise ‘Impact of Covid’ survey reported tourism was one of the worst hit sectors in the region with visitor spend likely down by as much as £584m.

Up to 20 new jobs are expected to be created by the development costing in the region of £5.5m.

The National Lottery Heritage funding will help revitalise the wildlife conservation charity’s visitor experience, creating immersive new wildlife discovery hubs across the park showcasing Scotland’s native animals and the nature conservation taking place across the Cairngorms.