All things wild and wonderful

Park Rose Animal Park with staff member Kelly Steele feeding the new Donkeys. Richard Ponter .121010b
Park Rose Animal Park with staff member Kelly Steele feeding the new Donkeys. Richard Ponter .121010b

MEET the new arrivals at Park Rose Birds of Prey centre.

While birds of prey may be what you would expect to find at the centre, owners Clare Steele and Karl Black have recently welcomed a host of new animals, including donkeys, meerkats and wallabies.

Park Rose Animal Park with Owner Karl Black with an Eagle Owl,and visitor Jim Wilkinson. Richard Ponter .121010d

Park Rose Animal Park with Owner Karl Black with an Eagle Owl,and visitor Jim Wilkinson. Richard Ponter .121010d

“All of the animals fit in together, and they have settled in really well since they arrived from a falconry centre,” said Clare.

“They have added to all the other attractions at the centre and we’re looking forward to a really good season.”

Two donkeys called Lucy and Henry, wallabies Wolly and Dolly, who is with joey, and a family of meerkats - who will be named in a competition to be ran at the centre - all came to Park Rose last week.

They join the animals already at the bird of prey centre at Carnaby Covert Lane, which opened again for the season last week, and include alpacas, chickens, goats, pigs and more than thirty owls and birds of prey.

“We are looking forward to visitors seeing the new animals. Schools come along as well and we do trips based around the curriculum so any children that come along are learning, but it’s fun at the same time,” added Clare.

“This is going to be our third season since we took the centre over. We’ve put a lot of work in as the centre was a big project when we took over and we continue to renovate.”