Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre – North Cornwall – 1.8.15

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The Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre is situated in 21 acres of purposely cultivated countryside in North Petherwin, just five miles from the town of Launceston, North Cornwall.  Dogs are welcome in the fields ad woods surrounding the Centre, but not in the Centre itself, as many animals run free.  Instead, rustic country walks are catered for outside the Centre, and there is plenty of drinking water for dogs.  The car park has specific shady parking spaces to allow any dogs to stay safely sheltered from direct sunlight.  The Tamar  Otter & Wildlife Centre has Wallabies, Peacocks, Fallow Deer, Muntjac Deer, various species of owls, and many different types of ducks and birds roaming free.  This assortment includes Giant British Rabbits, and of course, Asian and British Otters – the Asian Otters particularly make a tremendous noise and are very playful around mealtimes!   Sometimes, the Fallow Deer, (which are led by a magnificent stag), wander over to visitors and are happy to be hand-fed with food available for purchase from the Centre.  Obviously the nearer to opening time, the more willing the hungry Deer are to come close.  There are also Scottish Wildcats and Polecats that live in very large caged areas outside. Birds of Prey can be seen throughout, and there are talks and demonstrations throughout the day.  This conservation centre is built on reclaimed land, and is a development out of a disused quarry.  The cheeky Meerkats are extraordinary to behold, as is Dasher – the tame and very friendly three-legged Muntjac Deer (a species of small Deer originally found in China).  This is a wonderful experience.  The Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre does not receive any external funding – which is really sad when one considers the very good job the staff and managers do.  The Tearoom is well known and famous for its good quality food and drink.  The Tearoom is open to the public even if the visitors do not which to tour the Centre.  It is a superb place for children and adults alike, and an excellent educational experience:

Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre – North Cornwall

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