Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre
near Launceston, Cornwall
Average time spent – 3+ hours.
Things to do at the Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre review
Set in the Cornish countryside, Tamar Otter Wildlife Park is a hidden gem. Owned by the Otter trust it is the only place in the West Country to have a breeding and rehabilitation programme. You may need a satnav to find it but once there you’ll be pleased that you hunted it out.
On arrival, you’ll park in a bit of a bumpy car park which is outside of the park itself which you can’t see due to the fences but once inside you’ll be welcomed by this amazing wildlife park.
The Otters are the main focus here and take centre stage down the middle of the park. They are cute, quirky, noisy at feeding time and very active. The otters can be found across 3 enclosures and consist of a variety of both British and Asian breeds.
If you aren’t planning on staying at the wildlife park for long, try and ensure you at least hang around for one of the feeding sessions because they are such good fun! These happen at 12pm and 3pm and you will learn so much about the otters they care for from one of the dedicated staff members and you may even get the chance to help out with the feeding too.
However, the Otters are not the only wildlife for you to enjoy. The main highlight for us were the woods which are home to deer, peacocks and wallabies. This area is sectioned off to provide a safe enclosure for both of these animals where they can roam free. Due to this, you will need to ensure that you wear appropriate footwear and that young children are not easily spooked or scared. I would also leave the pushchair behind and opt for a baby carrier just to make the day easier.
Deer feed is available to buy as you walk in and many of them are extremely confident and will immediately come over for their treats! This experience is just amazing. If you love animals, this is the place for you. I don’t think I have ever visited anywhere else where beautiful Fallow and Muntjac deer come right up to you.
The wallabies are not as confident so as you wander through the woods, stay as quiet as you can and see if you can spot them hopping around or snuggling up together. It is a joy for the whole family to watch. The wildlife park is also home to Meerkats, chipmunks, polecats, Harvest mice and birds of prey.
Each section for the animals is well thought about and they are clearly really well looked after. All of the staff we spoke to were so friendly and helpful and really knowledgable on all of the wildlife living here. The birds of prey talk is very interesting and there is time to interact with and hold the birds too. It is wonderful to see this kind of work going into conservation and the education available to all visitors.
Eating – There is a small tea room on-site serving award-winning hot and cold food using locally sourced produce. Picnic area also available to use.
Facilities in brief – Wildlife park with otters as the star attraction. Plus deer that you can feed plus other animals to see including a bird of prey talk where you can also hold the birds. There are toilets and a cafe.
Entry price – *Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range – Adults £9.50, Senior Citizens £8.50, Child (3-15) £5.50, Family ticket (2 adults up to 3 children) £27.50. Discount for groups of 10 or more. Please note that no dogs are allowed.
Opening: The park is open from early April until late October. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Information on accessibility – There is not information that I can find on their website
Address: North Petherwin, Launceston PL15 8GW, Cornwall, England. Phone: 01566 785646
Written by Emma Reed at www.emmareed.net
Category – Wildlife park – suitable for all ages.
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