Over the years Beaver Water world has been home to a selection of both Eurasian and Canadian beavers. Most of which have come from other sanctuaries which promote the breeding and reintroduction of the Eurasian beaver ,Castor fiber.
Beavers are the second largest semi-aquatic rodent in existence. We are currently providing refuge to a pair of Eurasian Beavers who come across as a shy couple!
As they are nocturnal animals, please be aware upon visiting us they may not be as active as some of our other residents. If you do not manage to see one before you leave please see one of our keepers before leaving to enquire if they are feeling sociable!
Meerkats ,Suricata suricatta,are part of the mongoose family which are native to South Africa; a large population of which is found in the Kalahari desert. Our inquisitive mob of meerkats are always happy to meet new visitors! We have two cheeky Meerkat families with a total of 11 individuals. You will often see our group of meerkats playing, grooming sunbathing together as they are very social animals.
Meerkats do not make good pets contrary to how cute they may be, they have specialised needs and must be kept in groups within an environment which replicates their natural habitat.
If you want to get close to these cheeky animals you can book meerkat feeding experiences of keeper for the days by calling 01959577747.
‘Rocky’ our male raccoon came to us in July 2013 from a police rescue in Liverpool, where other animals were being kept in a cramped garage. Rocky was severely under weight, his coat matted and was in a very bad mental state upon arrival performing stereotypical behaviours such as pacing. We believe he was hand raised originally and has a great affinity with people. Three years on Rocky has improved tremendously with a reduction of pacing behaviours. Upon your visit you may see him using his enclosure as monkey bars as raccoons are efficient climbers too!
Raccoons, Procyon lotor, are considered to be pests in America where they are native to. Although they have become popular within the pet trade. They may be cute but they are not a species that should be kept like a household dog, they are not domesticated like some companion animals and can be very temperamental with the ability of giving a nasty bite!
Beaver Water World are currently home to two female Reeves ‘ Munjac deer, Muntiacus muntjak. Missy seen in both pictures, is our original muntjac who is mother to MJ the baby deer seen in the picture above. Missy Came to Beaver Water World in 2002 where she was hand raised. Her friendly nature shines through when meeting new people!
This species of deer originate from China, although during the 20th Century they were brought over seas to wildlife parks. After multiple escapees managed to find there way out of these parks they are now found widespread over the UK and are considered an invasive species. Muntjac Deer are also referred to as ‘Barking deer’ due to there vocal escapades.