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Mammals

Mammals have hair, warm blood, give birth to live young (generally!) and the offspring drink milk.

You can find some seriously strange mammals here at Cedars Nature Centre, here are a few of our favourites below...

  • Meerkats - Feed our cheeky meerkats at 1.15pm every day!

  • Lesser hedgehog tenrec - Discover this amazing group of mammals, they may look like hedgehogs but are in fact more closely related to elephants!

  • Domestic rabbit - Meet our rescue rabbits Hickory and Rosie who live in the butterfly house!

  • Zorilla - We are one of only two zoos in all of Europe with these unusual smelly creatures!

  • Harvest Mouse - Watch Europe's smallest rodent (weighing only 7 grams!) using their prehensile tail to clamber around!

  • 3 Banded armadillo - We are very successful with our armadillos having 1-2 babies born each year. These amazing animals have an extremely strong shell which they use to protect themselves by rolling into a ball!

Reptiles

Reptiles have dry scaly skin, are cold blooded and lay their eggs on land (generally!)

You can find 3 main reptile groups here at Cedars Nature Centre, here are a few of our favourites below...

  • Burmese Python - Kendra is our largest animal being nearly 13 feet long and weighing around 7 stone! She is a gentle giant however and we rescued her from a tiny enclosure in someone's living room many years ago to live out her life in much larger surroundings at Cedars Nature Centre!

  • Pancake Tortoises - These critically endangered tortoises have not been squashed but have evolved to be flat enough to squeeze in between rocks and escape predators. They are probably the fastest tortoise and you can meet them at our Tortoise Meet and Greet at 11.45am (Friday-Tuesday)!

  • Rankins Dragon - These relatives of the commonly kept bearded dragon are around a third the size and are always active. You can find them in the tropical house and they are a favourite with the children!

Birds

Birds have feathers, warm blood and lay hard shelled eggs.

From our beautiful barn owls to the noisy ring necked parakeets find out more about our birds below...

  • Barn owl - The iconic barn owl is one of the UK's favourite birds but sadly they are in decline in the UK. The average age for a wild barn owl is just 4 years old so we are very happy indeed that our barn owl Misty celebrated her 17th birthday in 2019 and is still going strong!

  • Ring necked parakeet - This is an invasive species within the UK and there are now thought to be 32,000 parakeets living wild here! Our three are however rescue pets and they add a colourful addition to our birds here at Cedars Nature Centre.

  • Silver pheasant - P.B our Silver pheasant is one of our favourite birds here. He lives with the rabbits in the Butterfly house and is very easy to spot!

Fish

Fish are cold blooded, have gills, live in water and are generally covered in a protective layer of scales.

You dont have to get wet to to see our fish!

Find out more about our fish below...

  • Goldfish and carp - You can find our colourful goldfish and carp in our pond. Keep an eye out for Percy our common carp as he likes to make an appearance during the daily fish feed at 2.45pm.

  • Boeseman's rainbow fish - This beautiful endangered fish is found in West Papua in the wild. Their bright colours make them a firm favourite with our younger visitors! 

  • Bristlenosed catfish - See if you can spot our bristle nosed catfish hiding amongst the plants. These are found in South America in the wild but are commonly kept in the pet trade. Ours helps to keep the Boeseman's rainbow fish tank lovely and clean!

Invertebrates

Every single Invertebrate has only two things in common, they do not have a back bone (Vertebrae) and are cold blooded.

From giant stick insects and giant snails to scorpions and tarantulas, we keep lots of interesting invertebrates at Cedars Nature Centre. Here are a few of our favourites below...

  • Black beauty stick insect - These stick insects look like they are made from velvet. They are Critically endangered in the wild and are only found in a 12 acre area of the Peru! 

  • Lao forest scorpion - This tropical scorpion may look fierce but in fact only has a mild venom, instead the claws are used to hold on to their prey and overpower it!

  • Chilean rose tarantula- These are one of the most commonly kept tarantulas in the world! Its probably down to their very calm behaviour and beautiful rose coloured throax!