Monthly Archives: July 2015


Name: Scooby
Common Name: Ring-tailed Coati
Latin Name: Nasua nasua
About: Scooby came to us in 2008.

He was an ex-pet who had been living with another male Ring-tailed Coati for about 3 years.

In early 2008 he suddenly started to develop a slight aggression towards his cage mate and his keeper. This was probably bought on as he reached maturity, which in the wild is when the males start to wander in search of a mate.

The keeper decided that it was in Scooby’s best interest that he was found a new home so that he was away from the stressful situation of the other male.

Initially Scooby came to stay with us for a week so that we could assess his behaviour. Within a couple of days he had settled and was once again showing none of the aggression which had been evident in the previous couple of months.

Scooby has now been re-homed into a very large enclosure which is loaded every day with different food filled objects which keeps his interest high while he forages.

Although Coati have now been removed from the Dangerous Wild Animals licence, it does not mean that they are no longer dangerous or capable of inflicting severe injuries.

Please do not buy a coati as a pet.

Unless you are an experienced keeper they are potentially dangerous and require continual enrichment to avoid boredom.

Spur Thighed Tortoise

Name: Spur Thighed Tortoise
Common Name: Spur Thighed Tortoise
Latin Name: Testudo graeca graeca
About: In august 2008 we received an email from a member of the public. They had just returned from a holiday in Morocco.

While they were there they had seen baby Tortoises for sale in the market and bought 5.

They then returned to the UK travelling with them in their pockets, within a day of arriving back in the UK one had already died.

After receiving their email we agreed to accept the tortoises in anonymously from them so that there was no risk of prosecution to them while at the same time we could ensure that the tortoises received the immediate intensive care that they required to save any more from the same fate as the first one.

We contacted the Tortoise Trust who sent out one of their members to collect the baby tortoises. Within 3 hours of that first email the tortoises had been collected and were now in the care of an experienced keeper.

Once they had been identified and were in good hands we notified the UK authorities and Customs of the fact that we had received some ILLEGALLY imported tortoises from a member of the public for rehoming.

Once we had explained the situation it was agreed that the Tortoises would officially be seized so that they became the property of the Crown. This ensures that they can never be sold or traded. It was then agreed that the Tortoise Trust should maintain the Tortoises through one of their members.

Those 4 tortoises have had a lucky escape as you can see from the photograph!

Please note that it is normally illegal to buy tortoises from any country outside the EU and bring them back home after your holiday.

Buy doing so you may save the life of that individual tortoise, but it only supports the collecting from the wild of more tortoises to sell.

If you want a pet tortoise please find a UK based captive breeder, ensuring that you receive the correct legal paperwork with it (if required).  

Squirrel Monkeys

Name: Squirrel Monkeys
Common Name: Squirrel Monkeys
Latin Name: Saimiri sciureus
About: During 2008 Mole Hall Wildlife Park was closed at short notice due to family illness.

Amongst the animals we rehomed from there were a pair of elderly Squirrel Monkeys.

They and a single female Common Marmoset went to join a single male Common Marmoset which we had previously placed out on loan after he came to us as an ex-pet.
Within 6 hours of meeting the marmosets had paired up and we sharing a nest box without arguing.

The next day the squirrel monkeys were also choosing to share the same box! This is particularly good news as due to the Squirrel Monkeys ages it is likely that we may loose one due to old age. If this happens it ensures that the remaining Squirrel Monkey will have company.

Common Marmoset

Name: Common Marmoset
Common Name: Common Marmoset
Latin Name: Callithrix jacchus
About: During 2008 Mole Hall Wildlife Park was closed at short notice due to family illness.

Amongst the animals we rehomed from there were a pair of Common Marmosets and a single female Marmoset.

The single female went to join another lone ex-pet Common Marmoset and a pair of Squirrel Monkeys, also from Mole Hall.

The other pair of Common Marmosets went to live with a single female Squirrel Monkey whose mate had died a few months previously. They are now enjoying life in the trees with an island all to themselves.

Black Cap Capuchin

Name: Black Cap Capuchin
Common Name: Black Cap Capuchin
Latin Name: Cebus apella
About: During 2008 Mole Hall Wildlife Park was closed at short notice due to family illness.

Amongst the animals we rehomed from there were a colony of Black Cap Capuchin.

The dominant male was forcing the 3 younger males away from food and generally making their lives a misery. After assessing the situation it was decided to remove the 3 young males and run them a batchelor groups.

Since this was done they have settled well and are feeding more while gaining in confidence every day.

The original group are also much more stable with the single old male.


Name: Spanky
Common Name: Common Marmoset
Latin Name: Callithrix jacchus
About: Spanky came to us in April 2009.

His previous owners had tried to provide for all his requirements, however the vendor had mis-informed them of his requirements.

Spanky had been sold to live on his own in a parrot cage. Primates are social animals and except on rare occasions should always be housed with or by other primates.

Spanky’s owners kept him alone for about 6 months before realising that he was suffering and was depressed. They contacted us to ask if we could offer a home and Spanky made the long journey down from Scotland with his owners.

I am pleased to say that Spanky has been successfully introduced to another male which was handed in the following week and they are now the beginnings of a new bachelor group we are establishing.

Please do not buy a single pet monkey. ALL primates require specialist care regarding diet & housing.


Name: Daisy
Common Name: Raccoon
Latin Name: Procyon lotor
About: Daisy came to us via the RSPCA, who had found her in a live fox trap. She was living loose in Eastbourne and was only caught by luck.

Unfortunately Daisy was very scared and aggressive when she arrived, due to the trauma she had been through.

It has taken over 12 months of care and attention to get her used to people so that she is now at the point where she will accept food with becoming aggressive.

Since Raccoons were removed from the Dangerous Wild Animals Act we have seen a sudden increase in numbers being found loose in the wild after they have become too aggressive for their owners.


Name: Marge
Common Name: Red Handed Tamarin
Latin Name: Saguinus midas
About: This is the sad story of Marge, a Red Handed Tamarin Monkey

Marge was purchased illegally from a pet shop in Northern Ireland.

After 9 months living in a bird cage and being fed on a diet which included Chocolate and Marshmallows as instructed by the shop owner, we received a call from an animal rescue centre near Belfast to let us know that she had been handed in for rehoming.

Marge was collected by one of our volunteers within 24 hours and driven back to us in London. On arrival it was discovered that she was suffering from severe metabolic bone disease bought about by the diet she was being fed.

She was immediately changed to a more suitable diet and give intensive treatment in the hope that she would begin to recover.

Sadly Marge died 2 weeks later because of the poor diet and care that she received.


Name: Wolves
Common Name: Canadian Timber Wolf
Latin Name: Canis lupus
About: Early in 2009 we were contacted by a private keeper from Northern Ireland who had been keeping 2 wolves as pets.<

The local authorities had taken them to court and won with a date of April 14th 2009 being given for their destruction. Due to the UK legislation he was unable to re-home them to a private keeper and no zoos could offer homes as it is hard to integrate 2 older wolves to an existing pack without risk of serious injury to the animals.

I managed to secure a home here at a sanctuary where they will live out the rest of their natural lives.


Name: Bodie
Common Name: Patagonian Sealion
Latin Name: Otaria flavescens, formerly Otaria byronia
About: Bodie is a 23 year old Patagonian Sealion who had been living at the national seal sanctuary in Gweek with her mate. Unfortunately during 2008 her mate past away from old age, leaving her all alone. A suitable mate could not be found for Bodie here in the UK, but a lone male was located in Italy. After months of preparation and with the sponsorship of Eurotunnel she left Gweek by road, heading for Italy. The journey was 21 hours door to door, with Bodie being cooled by melting ice during the trip. When we arrived at 5am she was quickly unloaded into her quarantine pool where she was to spend 28 days while being monitored for any disease, stress and so that she could be gradually introduced to her new male. Happily she settled well feeding immediately and at once struck up a happy new relationship with the male.