About us

For the past 15 years we have been re-homing & rescuing true ‘Exotic/non-domestic’ animals for the Police, Government departments, RSPCA and other NGO’s.

lemur-108450_1280We are based near Heathrow in the UK, but cover Northern Ireland, UK mainland and Southern Ireland. As a non-profit, self funded voluntary organisation we work to ensure the welfare & assist in the re-homing of non-domesticated, non-native wild animals which have been abandoned, confiscated, surrendered to rescue centres or the authorities, or become surplus within Zoos, colleges or other educational institutions.


Specialist Wildlife Services are members of BIAZA.  Although we do not generally hold animals and are not open to the public, we were granted membership due to the unique service we provide with the ‘zoo’ type animals which we re-home.  This membership allows us to access information which assists us in locating the most suitable home for animals which are handed into us. BIAZA is the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. They are the professional body representing the best zoos and aquariums in Britain and Ireland.  Their Member Collections pride themselves on their excellent animal welfare, education and conservation work.  BIAZA supports them in their work and helps promote the work of good zoos and aquariums.Visit the BIAZA website.

Primates as pets

Primates do not make good ‘pets’ and we do not recommend the keeping of ‘Pet’ primates.

We believe that if there is to be ‘control’ of primate ownership then it needs to be in the form of licensing rather than banning. The banning of something only pushes it into the black market which increases the value of the animals and always leads to a fall in the standard of care and welfare as it needs to be secret.

Monkeys do not make good house pets as they require specialist diets, a highly enriched environment and a great deal of care.  Monkeys should not be kept in a bird cage by the TV, living a monotonous existence.  Monkeys are not surrogate children. They should not be sold in pet shops, where they are subject to impulse purchase and the store is unable or unwilling to ‘vet’ their customers.  Primates normally require housing with their own kind, in spacious enclosures, where they can act in natural ways, with some limited interaction with people.

If you want a cuddly pet please choose a rescued Dog or Cat. There are many such pets waiting for caring homes, without which they will be destroyed.

Further useful links

  • Name: The Barn Owl Centre
    Website: http://www.barnowl.co.uk
    About: A registered UK charity, our Mission is the advancement of conservation of the Barn Owl & other species of Owl through environmental projects, research, studies & other such activities that will help to enhance public education on the ecology & preservation of Owls. To advance public education in Owl & Raptor welfare & husbandry.

    Name: Tiggywinkles
    Website: http://www.sttiggywinkles.org.uk/
    About: Every year in Britain over five million wild animals and birds are injured as a direct result of their encounters with man’s world. We are a specialist hospital, using all available veterinary welfare skills, dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating all species of British wildlife.Tiggywinkles treats over 10,000 animal casualties every year.Our doors are OPEN 24-HOURS a day, 365 days a year to receive British wildlife casualties. All our treatment is free to the public.
    Name: North Wales Reptile and Raptor Sanctuary
    Website: http://www.nwrr.co.uk/index.htm
    About: North Wales Reptile and Raptor Sanctuary (NWRR) is an animal sanctuary and respite centre for sick and injured birds of prey and reptiles, both wild and captive bred.A lot of the animals coming into us can be in very poor condition and in need of extensive veterinary help and part of our remit is to get these back to good health if possible and then try to find suitable homes to re-home them to.Another part of our work is Education. Educating authorities, the public, parents, retailers, and most importantly, young people to the very specific, and often complex, needs of these types of animals and also make people think about the long term commitment needed to look after them correctly.

    Name: Reptile Rescue Den
    Website: http://www.reptilerescueden.co.uk/
    About: Reptile Rescue Den are based in Bolton, Lancashire, in the North West of England. We have over 27 years experience dealing with snakes, lizards and chelonia. We are also RSPCA approved!Our aim is to rescue sick or unwanted reptiles and rehome reptiles to caring responsible homes or offer sanctuary here should they be unfit for rehoming. We offer Educational Visits to schools and other groups as part of their curriculum or for summer fairs etc. Just contact us for more details. We also offer free friendly advice if you want to own a reptile or if you can no longer care for one. We can accommodate (regardless of size) snakes, lizards, amphibians, arachnids, inverts, turtles and tortoises. Please not we offer a life long home here for tortoises, we do NOT place them up for rehoming else where.

    Name: Animal Zone UK
    Website: http://www.animalzoneuk.com/rescueservice.htm
    About: As part of my company I offer a rescue service for various Exotic pets, mostly reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and exotic birds.Most of the animals we receive stay with us for the duration and are often used in presentations to help illustrate the pros and cons of keeping exotic animals.Animal zone uk also runs an adoption service where suitable animals are fostered to appropriate vetted homes, these animals remain under animal zone uk’s supervision.This side of the company is completely non- profit making.

    Animalzone UK also offers free impartial advice.

    It is my policy not to judge or question the circumstances with regards to a rescue rather the animal in questions immediate welfare which is of paramount importance to me.

    Name: World of owls
    Website: http://www.worldofowls.com/
    About: Northern Irelands Premier Owl, Bird of Prey and Exotic Animal Conservation Centre.Working to benefit education and conservation for Northern Ireland.Dedicated and fully trained voluntary staff.World of Owls is open within the very beautiful Randalstown Forest

    Name: Chrissies Owls
    Website: http://www.chrissiesowls.com/
    About: Chrissie’s Owls are a small group of people committed to the care and conservation of Owls.We attend large country shows all over the country and also go to fetes and other events.We give talks to groups and organisations and visit nursing homes and hospitals.We give educational talks to schools and can provide an educational pack to be used in conjunction with our visit.We run Owl Evenings, Owl Experiences, Owl Walks and we do home visits for people who are housebound or ill.

    For anyone seriously thinking of owning an Owl we do an Owl Care Course.

    We can provide trained owls for film work, photography and also for artists.

    Chrissies’s Owls provide a rescue service for injured wild owls and also captive bred owls that for one reason or another need caring for and rehoming.

    We are committed to the conservation of these wonderful creatures and provide nest boxes for Barn, Tawny, Little Owl and Kestrel.

    We are happy to give advice to anyone who wants to help our native owl species.

    Name: The Swan Sanctuary
    Website: http://www.swanuk.org.uk/
    About: Welcome to the home page of the Swan Sanctuary’s web site. The Swan Sanctuary is a charity dedicated to the care and treatment of swans and waterfowl with an established reputation, not only within the British Isles but worldwide. The Swan Sanctuary is proud to have facilities that include a fully equipped operating theatre, an X-ray room, an intensive care ward, an isolation ward, a washing room for oiled swans, several nursing ponds and a 4-acre rehabilitation lake. In the year 2000 we were instrumental in treating close on 4,000 mute swans, both at the sanctuary and in the field across the whole of England, Wales, Scotland and both Northern and Southern Ireland.In addition to the main sanctuary site in Shepperton, Middlesex the sanctuary has several associate rescue centres around England and in Southern Ireland. Details of how to contact these centres may be found on our “How to Contact us” page.

    Name: North Wales Bird Trust (Birds of Prey)
    Website: http://www.northwalesbirdtrust.co.uk/sanctuary.htm
    About: We accept and care for birds of prey at the Sanctuary. Where it is possible, we release all injured birds of prey back to the wild after rehabilitation. Sometimes this is simply a matter of a few days but in some cases, for the badly injured raptor, it may mean an extended stay at the Sanctuary whilst the bird regains its natural functions. The birds we see are suffering, many in need of complicated and skilled care. The majority of them have been injured either directly or indirectly by man’s disrespect for the natural world.Some of the birds of prey brought to us have been captive bred and are unwanted or have been badly treated. These birds are unsuitable for return to the wild as they have none of the skills for survival. In most cases these birds will remain as permanent residents at the Sanctuary.

    Name: The Barn Owl Centre
    Website: http://www.barnowl.co.uk/default.asp
    About: Welcome to barnowl.co.ukA registered UK charity, our Mission is the advancement of conservation of the Barn Owl & other species of Owl through environmental projects, research, studies & other such activities that will help to enhance public education on the ecology & preservation of Owls.To advance public education in Owl & Raptor welfare & husbandry.Name: International Zoo Veterinary Group
    Website: http://www.izvg.co.uk
    About: The International Zoo Veterinary Group (IZVG) was founded in 1976, by the association of two veterinary practices which were involved in full-time freelance zoo animal medicine.

    One associate practice, Dinnes Memorial Veterinary Hospital, is based in California and works mainly in the United States and the Far East; the other, Taylor, Greenwood, Lewis and Thornton is based in Britain and works mainly in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

    The group work with zoos, parks and marinelands around the world, treating wild, rare and endangered species.

    Drs. Taylor, Greenwood and Lewis are recognised as Specialists in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and Drs. Taylor, Greenwood, Lewis and Thornton are UK government-appointed Zoo Inspectors.

    The link above to the website relates to the activities of the UK part of the organisation.

    The website has 2 further links, 1 for Zoos and another for the practice in Bradford, which is open to the public.

    Name: Loris & Pottos Conservation Group
    Website: http://www.loris-conservation.org/database/index.html
    About: Website providing data for the conservation and care of lorises and pottos (prosimian primates) based in Germany at the Loris Conservation Project of Ruhr-University BochumExcellent advise and contact list for organisations worldwide who assist in the re-homing and conservation of these primates.

    Name: International Animal Rescue
    Website: http://www.iar.org.uk
    About: International Animal Rescue comes to the aid of wild and domestic animals with hands-on rescue and rehabilitation. Wherever possible we return rehabilitated animals to the wild but also provide sanctuary for those that can’t fend for themselves.
    Name: BIGGSD
    Website: http://www.biggsd.com
    About: A forum where dog rescues from all over the UK can list their dogs which are looking for homes.Excellent forum and meeting place for people interested in dogs and dog rescue.

    Name: Battersea Dogs Home
    Website: http://www.dogshome.org
    About: Battersea Dogs Home is the largest and most famous dog’s home in the UK.Our aims are to Rescue, Reunite, Rehabilitate and Rehome the lost and abandoned dogs and cats.