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Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre

Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre, is a small sanctuary for exotic animals and birds of prey. As well as a hospital unit for the treatment of wild raptors (not on display), the centre is home to over 30 different species of birds of prey, primates, reptiles, invertebrate, raccoons and cats. The centre started by rescuing and providing a home for just a few unwanted animals and birds, after a while the centre soon began to take in more and more rescued animals before eventually opening to the public as a visitor centre.

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Saxon the wolfdog

A soggy night in April 2013 saw the arrival of Saxon the Wolfdog at Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre. As a sanctuary for unwanted or mistreated exotic animals, over its 20 years, Gentleshaw has provided a safe home to birds of prey, monkeys, snakes, raccoons, lynx and a host of other exotic animals. But Saxon’s arrival has caused the biggest stir with visitors and volunteers alike.

Picked up as a stray in poor condition in Northern Ireland, Saxon was taken to the local pound. They instantly realised this was not your average mongrel and with some research, traced Saxon’s unlicensed owner down. Rules on wolf hybrids vary throughout the UK. In Northern Ireland, no hybrid is permitted without a licence. In England, a certain amount of wolf in a dog’s DNA is permitted. But those over the limit must be kept by owners with a Dangerous Wild Animal licence. (more…)

Hello everyone! My name is Otis and I am so excited to be able to talk to you here! I am the most important owl at the sanctuary run by the North Wales Bird Trust (NWBT) and as the most experienced blogger I have been asked to tell you a little about us and the work we do. I am a Collared Scops Owl and part of the Education Team that goes into schools to talk to the children about owls, the environment and conservation. I really like being with children. You see I’m actually a very small owl (but with a big personality of course) and everyone loves me very much! Especially children! I keep in touch with all my fans in my own blog where you can find out all the news and what we are doing at the Trust. Why don’t you have a look and maybe send me a message or a picture? (more…)

Gentleshaw bird of prey hospital and wildlife centre has been running for 19 years. The family run sanctuary is not only home to over 100 rescued or mistreated captive bred exotic animals and birds of prey but also a hospital for injured wild birds of prey. The wild casualties are rehabilitated in our purpose built hospital and once recovered are returned to the wild and are bought to us by members of the public and vets. (more…)

We have received some wonderful charity news from the Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre (GWC); a sanctuary based in Staffordshire that helps to rehabilitate injured birds of prey and then return them to the wild. Back in March our employee of the month, Johanna Paget, chose to help GWC by making a donation to aid with a specific project of theirs. They needed funding to build a secluded aviary for birds of prey that would enable the charity to nurse the injured birds back to full health in a calm and caring environment.

GWC have sent us some excellent pictures of the completed aviary that is already being put to good use. The structure has a lift up roof for easy release and can be moved about to other locations meaning that the birds can recover and fly off into the wild once they are better. It has already housed a Tawny owl with concussion before it was released and two more are due to move in shortly. Both are week-old Tawny owl chicks found having fallen from their nests. The chicks are not handled and are feeding themselves; their brood unit means they cannot see humans. This unit will mean they will stay away from human contact and will be able to be released back into the wild where they belong, usually aged around 18 weeks, although they have some growing to do first!