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.
A previous patient was a Tawny owl who had become trapped in a quarry. He was weak and very grubby, but after a short stay and 7 baths, he was returned to the wild where he belonged. The centres permanent residents include primates, reptiles, raptors, raccoons and more. These animals have found a safe home with Gentleshaw having been mistreated or simply no longer wanted by their owners.
We have a variety of residents. Maggie, A Harris Hawk, came to Gentleshaw (her 5th home) aged 12 months. She had been starved and ill-treated resulting in her pulling her own feathers out.4 years on Maggie has made a full recovery and relishes in her daily flying lesson at her home at the centre. There is also Billie Jean, a monitor lizard whose only crime was to grow large, something her owner had not bothered to find out before trying to keep him in a tiny fish tank.
Gentleshaw is continued today in memory of its late founder, Rob Smith. His dream lives on and the centre continues to not only provide care for animals when they most need it, but to try and educate about the down side of ‘exotic pets’ and illustrate what the animals need in order to be cared for properly.