Go ‘really wild’ at Exotic Pet Refuge

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THIS weekend is the perfect time to go really wild for wildlife – with a special event taking place at Exotic Pet Refuge.

The centre boasts a collection of more than 400 animals including meerkats, monkeys, lynx and wild cats, wolves, otters, fruit bats, parrots, reptiles and birds of prey.

It is holding an Easter Sunday open day for families to meet all its exotic creatures.

Promising to be a great day out for all ages, the open day will also feature a grand Easter egg hunt for children, a raffle, tombola and refreshments, along with a home-made fudge stall and gift shop.

The refuge centre, based in Market St Deeping, is a registered charity which gives homes to a variety of exotic and wild animals.

It was founded in 1984, and in 2006 caught the attention of BBC’s Really Wild Show presenter Steve Backsnall, who agreed to be its patron.

With its huge array of animals and their specialist needs, it now costs more than £50,000 a year to run the refuge centre – so entry fees to its events provide vital funds towards their care.

As a refuge centre, the charity is only able to open its doors to visitors six times a year – so now is the ideal time to meet the animals.

The Easter open day will run from 10am-5pm on Sunday.

Entry is £5 for adults and £3 for children.

Visitors are not allowed to bring their own pets.

Exotic Pet Refuge is located at 102, Station Road, Deeping St James, PE6 8RH.

For more information call 01778 345 923 or visit www.exoticpetrefuge.org.uk.