Common Name: Spectacled Caiman
Latin Name: Caiman crocodilus
About: Camilla is a Spectacled Caiman who was found dumped at the entrance to a zoo inside a duvet case.
When we received the call to ask if we could take Camilla she was already 4’9″ and was missing approximately 8″ of tail which looked to have been bitten off when she was younger.
It is likely that Camilla was being kept by a private keeper illegally without a Dangerous Wild Animals Licence.
Camilla has been fortunate as she has been found a new home at the Crocodile Sanctuary at Sealife Centre in Weymouth, where she has been placed on loan by ourselves.
Name: Greater African Jacana, Lily-trotter
Common Name: Greater African Jacana, Lily-trotter
Latin Name: Actophilornis africanus
About: 1 pair of Lily-trotters were re-homed after being seized from a transit shipment at Heathrow.
They now live in a Tropical Rainforest exhibition.
Common Name: Striped Skunk
Latin Name: Mephitis mephitis
About: Stinky arrived with us in 2003 after being found by the RSPCA dumped in a birdcage outside a tube station in london.
Stinky went to live in a childrens Zoo, where she still lives happily today!
Name: Loggerhead Turtle
Common Name: Loggerhead turtle
Latin Name: Caretta caretta
About: In 2000 a hatchling Loggerhead Sea turtle was confiscated from a 11 year old boy and his mother as they transited through Heathrow from Israel travelling to the USA.
The young boy had collected the turtle while on holiday in a misguided attempt to save its life! He packed it in his hand luggage and boarded the flight. As he passed through security at Heathrow one of the officers discovered the turtle and notified the HM Customs Cites Team who confiscated it.
When we received a call from them we quickly established a temporary tank and mixed the saltwater.
Once the turtle was with us and settled we began the job of trying to find a temporary home for him.
The London Aquarium agreed that they could house him until customs could arrange a return flight and contact a conservation group in Israel who could facilitate his release.
18 months after he arrived and after having grown from about 3 inches to 16 inches he left London and was flown home by British Airways to be released a few days later.
Common Name: Blue Tit
Latin Name: Cyanistes caeruleus
About: Although we do not normally accept native species Archimedes can to us after the nest his parents had built in the exhaust of a digger was destroyed accidentally when the driver started the engine, unaware of the nest.
Unfortunately the other nestlings did not survive the trauma, but Archimedes thrived and was finally released back into the wild later that year.
Common Name: Emu
Latin Name: Dromaius novaehollandiae
About: Rodney was one of 3 baby Emus surrendered to a rescue centre that we work closely with. They lived happily for about 18 months, however once they all began to reach maturity Rodney was excluded and bullied.
Normally the animals never leave the safety of the rescue centre, but it was decided that Rodney should be re-homed to improve his quality of life.
He is currently living here with us until his new home is ready for him. Once there he will be integrated into a much larger group of Emus so that he will always have some company.
Rodney is very tame and enjoys a good back scratch.
He currently lives with a couple of ducks and some wallabies for company.
Name: Fred, Ginger & Aaron
Common Name: Parma Wallaby
Latin Name: Macropus parma
About: The Parma Wallaby was first discovered by British naturalist John Gould in about 1840, it was never common and, even before the end of the 19th century, it was believed to be extinct.
However in 1965 workers on Kawau Island (near Auckland) attempting to control a plague of introduced Tammar Wallabies (a widespread and fairly common species in Australia) were astonished to discover that some of the pests were not Tammar Wallabies at all, but a miraculously surviving population of Parma Wallabies, a species long thought extinct. The extermination effort was put on hold while individuals were captured and sent to institutions in Australia and around the world in the hope that they would breed in captivity and could eventually be reintroduced to their native habitat.
Fred and Ginger came to us in 2005 from a zoo where they were being bullied by other members of the group. A year later Aaron appeared, poking his head out of his mothers pouch. It is intended that Fred & Ginger will stay with us for now, however Aaron will soon be moving on to pastures green to join another breeding group, as ginger has another joey in her pouch!
Common Name: Peahen
Latin Name: Pavo cristatus
About: We would not normally re-home peacocks as they are an abundant species within zoos here in the UK. However we were contacted late in 2006 by a zoo who had lost their female of old age and the male was now showing signs of distress.
Luckily a rescue centre that we work closely with had a lone female that had been handed in as a chick the previous year.
When we contacted them asking about a Peahen they were only too happy for her to move on to the zoo where she now lives happily with the Peacock.
Common Name: Brown Collared Lemur
Latin Name: Eulemur fulvus collaris
About: Doris was 1 of 3 Lemurs donated to us by a private keeper, unfortunately for her the other 2 lemurs she was with paired up and began to pick on her, so we were forced to house her separately from them.
Doris is very calm and gentle, and loves human company.
She is currently staying with us until we can find her a suitable mate that she can live with.
It was decided that Doris should be re-introduced to her former companions. This went without any aggression, but after 2 weeks she was still very submissive and we felt that she deserved a more fulfilling life! she has now come back to us until we can find her a suitable friend.
Doris has settled beautifully now and has recently moved into much larger accommodation. It was hoped that Doris could move to the USA as part of an international conservation project, but alas she was rejected due to her unknown parentage!
She does now have a new friend to play with (not the fluffy duck in the photo) which has made all the difference to her, so for the time being it seems she will be spending her twilight years with us.