Animal Sanctuaries

There are many wonderful animal sanctuaries in Cornwall, helping to educate visitors or protect specific animal species.  Here are some of the more popular ones:

Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre – just 30 minutes north and very popular with Broomhill guests, is a wonderful day out where you will see British and Asian Short Clawed Otters playing and being fed close at hand.  There are many other species including Fallow Deer, Wallabies and Muntjac Deer roaming around the 21 acre grounds as well as several Owl species and other birds of prey.  The Centre which also has a Tea Room for welcome refreshments, relies entirely of visitor funding to support their important conservation work, especially otter rehabilitation.

The Alpaca Park – described simply by the Sunday Express as “Stunning Nature Reserve. World Class Cream Teas”.  You will find The Alpaca Park just 20 minutes away and set in 100 acres of stunning natural countryside close to the River Claw. Their Tea Room is renowned and all the cakes are baked freshly each day by “The Alpaca Lady”, including the scones which are baked while you wait.  Only one slight warning, being over the border in Devon, they serve their scones upside down!  They should know better – it has to be Jam First!

Porfell Wildlife Park & Sanctuary – set up 25 years ago to protect neglected, injured or illegally imported animals from around the world, Porfell offers sanctuary to over 250 animals and 40 different species.  They have created individually styled homes to recreate the individual habitats and the Park includes African plains and a Maasai Village.  There are also opportunities to adopt Meerkats and endangered species such as Black & White Ruff Lemurs.

The Monkey Sanctuary – home to monkeys rescued from isolation and neglect – mainly from the UK primate pet trade, The Monkey Sanctuary is the flagship project for Wild Futures which is a UK charity dedicated to protecting primates and their habitats.  Now celebrating 50years, the sanctuary is internationally recognised for its expertise and standards of care.  You can see (and even adopt) a range of unusual primates and they also offer the chance to become a Keeper for the day!
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