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“The best attraction in Cornwall, with or without kids!”

Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Launceston
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed March 24, 2011

This place is superb. We spent a whole afternoon here (two adults, no kids) and only left when it was closing because they made us. It's crammed full of large otter pens, each with their own little family of otters and has chickens, ducks, deer, wallabies, peacocks and other animals wandering around the place. The keepers run very interesting talks at feeding time when the otters dance and squeak for bits of fish and eggs and there are various other displays thorughout the day. We were charmed by a talk about a large owl (although I'm not sure that the keeper was too impressed when our attention was stolen by an Indian Running Duck hot-footing it past the group at high speed) and then went for a wander in the woodland area to see the deer and the wallabies up close. The only slight disappointment was the Scottish wildcat. Nothing anyone can say or do will ever convince me it wasn't just a tabby. Still, I fully intend to go back the next time I'm in the region! More photos and full acount on my blog: http://www.londonlisbonite.com/2010/10/cornwall-quackling-and-otters-and.html

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Reviewed July 19, 2010

My husband and I visited this attraction today and enjoyed every minute! The prices in the review below from a couple of years ago (adults £7) are still correct. We arrived just after opening time (10.30am) which gave us enough time to wander through the woodland area with just two other visitors in the vicinity, before the scheduled presentations. We fed deer, saw some of the birds of prey (some were rather shy!), saw the scottish wild cats and also the free-roaming wallabies. The first presentation was about one of the Bengal owls at the sanctuary. The keeper was very knowledgeable and happy to answer questions and allow visitors to touch the bird. The bird was very calm and unconcerned by the attention. The first otter feeding time is 12:00 accompanied by a keeper presentation. The keeper was very interesting and passionate about the animals and their conservation. We finally dragged ourselves away only because we had to make the journey home! We highly recommend this place - with or without children. Make sure you are there for the presentations - they are definitely the best part.

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Reviewed October 12, 2008

We decided to visit rather late (after 4.30) on an October Thursday and wished we had known of it earlier. It was a wondeful quiet place run by people who clearly loved what they were doing. By the time we got back to the gate we were clearly the last visitors and as soon as we were gone the staff could go home. What impressed us was that when they found I was interested in the work they had been doing with local schools they unlocked again so they could show us a wonderful folio of work done by year four of one of the local primary schools.
Next time we will go at feeding time.

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Reviewed August 31, 2008

Opens at 10:30 April to October
Adults: £7.00 • Children: £3.50 • Seniors: £6.00
Family ticket (2 or 3 children): £18.00

We could not see any otters at first because they were all in bed.
but we went for a walk around the site and bought some bags of deer and bird food. The deer seemed to prefer the bird food but I think they would eat anything.
The deer ate right from the children's hands which was great fun.

by the time we got back from the short walk to the waterfall the otters were out and playing. Feeding time starts at 12 noon and the keeper gave a long talk as she fed them.

There were also owls that the keeper got out for them to have a look at. Did not see any walabies but they are free roaming.
The ducks and geese ate from the bag of food but the peacock were a little shy.

Good place to come with the kids to get a close up view of british wild life.
You can bring picnics or eat in the cafe.

Thank shamrock_madison
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