Animal funds

Visitors to Deeping St James Animal Sanctuary enjoy a wild day

Visitors to a popular animal sanctuary enjoyed a walk on the wild side on its first open day of the year.

Around a thousand people lined up to visit the Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Deeping St James on Sunday.

There were throngs of animals ready and waiting to greet visitors, including reptiles and big cats, as the sun shone on the refuge.

A great day was had by all
cool for cats
cool for cats

Plenty of refreshments were on offer as well as loads of booths including a raffle and Easter raffle filled with fantastic prizes.

Owner Pam Mansfield was thrilled with the turnout.

She said, “That was great!

Raffaele (9) and Luciaio (7) couldn't take their eyes off the animals
Raffaele (9) and Luciaio (7) couldn’t take their eyes off the animals
Reptile handler Kaz and a reptile who wanted to show their best side
Reptile handler Kaz and a reptile who wanted to show their best side

“We had a lot of lovely people there and a lot of new people too.

“They were queuing on the road to get in!

“It was packed and some people came at 10am and were still there at 3pm.

Kyran and Miya Knowles couldn't take their eyes off this reptile...
Kyran and Miya Knowles couldn’t take their eyes off this reptile…
Families enjoyed the good weather
Families enjoyed the good weather

“It was a good day – people got to see the animals, enjoy teas, coffees, cakes and burgers and the kids got to play too.

“We are really happy with how it went.”

The whole family had fun that day, with many people staying all day, helping to raise vital funds to keep the shelter running.

Emilie Biswell (12) made sure to get plenty of snaps
Emilie Biswell (12) made sure to get plenty of snaps
Les and Winnie Green serve delicious treats
Les and Winnie Green serve delicious treats

Pam and her team of volunteers were delighted to find that £9,500 had been raised.

She said: “Increasing this amount means that we are released for another six weeks, because it will contribute to the cost of living of the animals.

“Of course the electricity bills are going up so we don’t know how much it will cost, but we’ve been clear for almost two months now, which is great.”

Volunteers Hilary and Barbara were delighted to open to visitors
Volunteers Hilary and Barbara were delighted to open to visitors

The next open house at Exotic Pet Refuge will be on Sunday May 15th.